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Go On A Voyage With WindSync

The local woodwind quintet presents a multimedia concert inspired by the Voyager program.

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  • WindSync (L-R): Julian Hernandez, clarinet; Anni Hochhalter, horn; Emily Tsai, oboe; Kara LaMoure, bassoon; Garrett Hudson, flute (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists)
    WindSync (L-R): Julian Hernandez, clarinet; Anni Hochhalter, horn; Emily Tsai, oboe; Kara LaMoure, bassoon; Garrett Hudson, flute (Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artists)
  • Diagram showing the parts of the Voyager probes (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
    Diagram showing the parts of the Voyager probes (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
  • The paths of the two Voyager probes (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
    The paths of the two Voyager probes (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
  • Artist's concept of Voyager probe in flight. (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
    Artist's concept of Voyager probe in flight. (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
  • The Sounds of Earth--Voyager golden record (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
    The Sounds of Earth--Voyager golden record (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
  • Cover for the Voyager golden record (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
    Cover for the Voyager golden record (Photo Credit: Public Domain)

The Voyager program is an on-going project from NASA wherein two similar probes were launched into space in 1977 to gather data and images from the outer solar system and beyond. Now, 40 years after launch, WindSync is celebrating the mission with a special concert and media presentation in conjunction with the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The program will feature performances from the quintet, projected images, and even a mini-lecture by Dr. Paul Shenck.

About the program, WindSync bassonist Kara LaMoure says, “The show is kind of this cross over between science and technology and art.” Probably the best representation of that, the Voyager Golden Records were an important component of the mission, and will also feature in the presentation by WindSync. These records were attached to both probes and contain images, natural sounds, and even music from Earth that, should any extraterrestrial civilization exist and happen upon the probes, would give a preliminary look at our planet and some of its distinct features.

To hear more about the program and what else WindSync has in store for this season, listen to my conversation with Kara LaMoure and WindSync flautist Garrett Hudson above!

Voyager – Music of Space and NASA will be at the MATCH on Friday, October 27th at 8 PM. You can find tickets here.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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