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.

7:30 pm
March 5

SoundWaves. Emergence: The End of Emergency

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

We hope this spring will bring not just another emergence from a cold Wisconsin winter, but a greater rebirth into health, moving from emergency back into normal life.

In the first SoundWaves event of 2021, we explore emergence. How do actors and athletes of color emerge into success in a world shaded with racism? How do insects emerge from one state of life to the next? How does a patient emerge from dire sickness into health? How does a piece of music emerge from a blank sheet of paper? Find out on March 5 as we begin the slow emergence into spring.

Featuring: Ashley Brown (history), Lyric Bartholomay (pathobiological sciences), Baron Kelly (theatre and drama), Michael Traktman (emergency physician, Envision Healthcare) and Daniel Grabois (music, SoundWaves curator).

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SoundWaves is supported by UW–Madison and WARF.

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