SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music. The program concludes with a live performance of music related to the evening’s theme.

The science lectures are delivered using language that the curious layman can understand, with a minimum of jargon and formulas. The music lectures, while demanding careful listening, are likewise designed for the layman and not the specialist. 

Every SoundWaves event brings UW–Madison scientists from several departments together with UW–Madison School of Music faculty performers to explore a topic that is relevant to our world and our lives.

SoundWaves is free and open to the public. This series generally is held in the evening at the Town Center of the Discovery Building.

Make it an Evening at Discovery

Before attending SoundWaves, enjoy fine cuisine or casual fare in Steenbock’s dining room or lounge. For reservations call 608.204.2733.

4:00 pm
October 24
H.F. DeLuca Forum

The Science and Music of Cities: Specimen New York

SoundWaves looks into what makes NYC tick. How does the city sustain itself? What happens to New York as the climate changes? What’s the best way to get around town? How does the city address its many problems? And what is it like to be a musician in the cultural capital of the U.S.?

Join us as our panel of researchers explores and explains the city that never sleeps, and listen to Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence and New Yorker Arun Luthra play jazz with UW friends and colleagues.

Featuring: Hussain Bahia, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Joel Rogers, Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology, COWS; Robbie Webber, State Smart Transportation Initiative; Michael Notaro, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies; Daniel Grabois, Mead Witter School of Music, SoundWaves Curator; and Arun Luthra, Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence.

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