After rapidly presenting how symmetries play an interesting role in nature, art, and science, François Bergeron and Jurgen Petrenko of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will explain and illustrate how Bach uses mathematical symmetries in writing the scores for his music. This will partly be done via an interplay between a pictoral description of the symmetries of the scores, and a live rendition on the harpsichord of the result for the audience.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
François Bergeron has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics of the Université du Québec à Montréal since 1984. His research area lies at the intersection of algebra and combinatorics, and he is a founding member of the research center LACIM. He has published two books, and written 60 research papers. He has also been involved in many outreach activities, such as general public talks about various mathematical subjects, interviews on radio and television, and he has inspired his film-maker brother Jean to realize the documentary Achieving the Unachievable on a work of Escher in which mathematics plays a surprising role.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is one of Waterloo Region’s largest arts and cultural organizations. They continue to push boundaries, build community, and welcome and cultivate world-class talent in the community. Today, the KWS is one of Canada’s outstanding orchestras, presenting a diverse and rich concert season and garnering national and international attention for its artistry, musicianship and innovative programming. Its education and outreach programs serve its evolving community and a continuum of ages. The KWS continues to be the largest employer of artists and cultural workers and the most significant cultural asset for Waterloo Region.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performs over 222 concerts annually to an audience of over 90,000, both in the concert hall and across Waterloo Region. François Bergeron is joined by Jurgen Petrenko of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony on the harpsichord, on Friday, March 13, 2020 to present "Symmetry: Bach and Math".
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