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Spectacular first season of Salk Science & Music Series concludes; lineup announced for next year

On May 18, the inaugural Salk Science & Music Series concluded with a remarkable performance by pianist Fei-Fei Dong and a fascinating scientific talk by Salk associate professor Clodagh O’Shea. The six-part series, which began in October, brought together virtuosos from the worlds of both music and science. Because of its resounding success, the series will return for a second season beginning in the fall.

The seed for the Salk Science & Music Series was planted when Salk president William Brody envisioned a continuation of the Salk tradition of combining science and art in imaginative ways. Observing the many parallels between art and science, he knew that attracting music lovers to the Salk would naturally tie in with the creative approaches scientists employ in their research. Each concert features performances by some of the hottest established and emerging classical and jazz musicians, along with talks about the latest discoveries by the Institute’s world-renowned scientists.

Clockwise, from upper-left: Fei-Fei Dong, Clodah O'Shea, Marc Montminy, Karen Joy Davis & Sean Lee

“The combination of science and music is in keeping with Jonas Salk’s original vision for the Institute, which is to merge science and art,” he explains.

Longtime Salk supporter and former trustee Conrad Prebys generously donated a magnificent Steinway concert grand piano, which anchors the series. Concert pianist Karen Joy Davis served as executive producer.

“The gift of the Steinway concert grand inspired the creation of the series,” Davis says. “A great piano needs to be played and enjoyed! I think the Salk’s amazing history of discovery and its iconic architecture make it the perfect setting for combining music and science.”

Using her extensive contacts in the classical music world, Davis was able to attract the world-class talent that marked the first season. Once the program came to life, it was quickly embraced by the San Diego community.

A stellar lineup has already been slated for the upcoming second season of the Science & Music Series, which will open in November with jazz piano phenom Eldar Djangirov and his trio and conclude with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet in June. Other performances will include pianist Sean Chen, 2013 Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner; Karen Joy Davis and Rachel Kudo in a duo piano concert; Ching-Yun Hu, winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano competition; and pianist Giuseppe Mentuccia.

For a complete schedule of the second Salk Science & Music Series and information about tickets, please visit President’s Club members receive admission and premier seating to all Salk Science & Music Series concerts, as well as an invitation to a post-concert reception. For information about joining the President’s Club, visit support/presidentsclub.html or call (858) 453-4100, ext.1405.