Powers of Ten
(Powers of Ten logo by Jen Fuchel)
THE INAUGURAL USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL OPENED WITH A PERFORMANCE OF
POWERS OF TEN - performed on 10/10/10
Composer David Haines was joined by more than two hundred young people and adults on an amazing voyage through the magnitudes from the human scale right down to string theory via fingers, fleas, amoebae, bacteria, viruses, atoms and quarks - then back up the magnitudes via landscape, tectonic plates, Earth, Moon, Sun and Solar System, black holes and galaxies.
The twenty-odd songs of Powers of Ten are bursting with musical flavors that evade description: a touch of classical, a soupcon of jazz, a dash of pop, a sprinkle of rap. The lyrics are usually fact-packed, often hilarious - and occasionally even tug at the heart strings. Who'd have thought a song about the wonders of Bacteria could evoke tears? But it does...
The performance took place in the gorgeous Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the University of Maryland, College Park campus for a concert quite unlike any you've heard before!
Powers of Ten
Sunday October 10, 2010, 5-7pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the University of Maryland, College Park campus
Special thanks to Singtastic and the University of Maryland for making this event possible.