My performance and collaboration with David McConville’s at the Morrison Planetarium at California Academy of Sceinces in San Francisco was unforgettable, and is one of my favorite collaborations.
On Thursday, October 14th, David and I presented “Perceiving Home: An Ecological Tour of the Cosmos” to a sold-out audience of 600 at the California Academy of Sciences, as part of their “Nightlife” series.
“In all my years I can’t quite recall another presentation or experience that left quite the same intellectual and spiritual impression – not just on me, but on the whole audience. The unique blend of David’s insightful voice and Christen’s gifted viola playing can best be described as ‘other- worldly.’ Bravo to both of them for a magniﬁcent performance!” ~Christine Arena
“Imagine yourself surrounded by brilliant images of the known Universe in the spherical dome of the Planetarium at the California Academy of Science coupled with Christen Lien’s gorgeous viola playing weaving a tapestry of evocative sound. David McConville’s deep knowledge and delightful humor guides you through the evolution of humanities ongoing love affair with astronomy. From the moment Christen begins to play you are entranced as your eyes take in the constellations…” ~Martine Sweeney
We hope to do this presentation again and again at CalAcademy, or at a digital planetarium near you. If you are able to help make this possible, send a message to christen [at] itsnotaviolin.com.
To learn more about “Perceiving Home” and the technology behind it, click here.