Dr. Terenzi "Let's Get Astrophysical" show for Miami Beach Centennial

In honor of Miami Beach’s centennial anniversary, 60 FIU physics students participated in a high-energy performance starring FIU astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi earlier this week.

Terenzi’s work bridges science and the arts using music from the sounds of outer space. “Let’s Get Astrophysical,” featured music, dance, acrobatics and a laser light show at the festival main stage. It also included a countdown of the top-15 stellar-themed pop songs, from various artists such as Muse, One Republic, Oasis, Incubus, Fallout Boys, Katy Perry, Hardwell and Daft Punk.

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Dr. Fiorella Terenzi was engaged by ACT Productions, Miami Beach, for an exclusive performance during the Miami Centennial celebration on Monday, March 23 at 8pm. She performed live before 8,000 people on the ACT stage right on the sand in South Beach.

Her show, “Let’s Get Astrophysical”, featured the first and only Top 15 Stellar-Themed Pop Song Countdown, including songs from Muse, One Republic, Oasis, Incubus, Fallout Boys, Katy Perry, Hardwell and Daft Punk, combined with live DJs, musicians, dancers, and acrobats, plus a laser light show.

She portrayed herself, acting as a professor of astronomy at FIU and a musician playing sounds of space emanating from black holes, radio galaxies, pulsars, the Sun and Saturn, all live via her keyboard, and all based on her research in Acoustic Astronomy. There was up-tempo, high-definition videos from NASA, live feeds from the International Space Station, and amazing Hubble Space telescope footage, as students witness the academic strip-tease of all time! Science will never be same, and you heard music from places no one has gone before.

Fiorella Terenzi is an astrophysicist, author, recording artist, and professor at FIU, who is best known for taking recordings of radio waves from far-away galaxies and turning them into music. She has been described by Time magazine as "a cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna”. In her Island Records CD called Music from the Galaxies, this Italian astrophysicist and composer has used the most modern radio-telescopes and computers to convert the natural radiation from galaxy UGC6697 180 million light years away into the audible range, then added instrumental harmonies. A night of star power in every possible way! A landmark concert - an uncommon fusion of science and art, astronomy and music!

Let’s Get Astrophysical!

Devised and written by Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, Department of Physics at FIU

Purpose: to celebrate the Miami Beach Centennial while promoting the sciences through astronomy, technology and the performing & visual arts.

Interdisciplinary Sponsors: Department of Physics, Department of Theatre, FIU Dancers, the School of Music and the FIU Fitness Center.

Event: Miami Beach will be marking its 100th anniversary (http://miamibeach100.com) with a 100-hour centennial celebration beginning on March 22. The five-day festival will feature world-renowned entertainers including opera star Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, and Gloria Estefan, and will stress environmental topics such as climate change and sea-level rise.

“Let’s Get Astrophysical” Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, a professor from the Department of Physics at Florida International University, has been engaged by ACT Productions (407 Lincoln Road #302, Miami Beach 33139), for an exclusive performance during the Miami Centennial celebration on Monday, March 23 at 8pm. performs Monday, March 23 at 8pm on the festival stage situated on the sand in South Beach, along Ocean Drive, across from the Lincoln Road and FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios. Media coverage expected from all the local TV affiliates, plus CNN, CBS, FOX, CNBC and more. Boccelli, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb will perform on the same stage (ocean cross 8th in south beach). See attached photo floorplan of the stage

Dr. Fiorella Terenzi’s “Let’s Get Astrophysical” is the high-energy tale of a young girl’s journey from wide-eyed star-gazer to empowered woman playing her role in a cosmic symphony. It begins with an awestruck five-year old as she gazes towards the stars from the Italian countryside. Prompted by her grandmother she begins to feel at one with the universe as the stars seem to return her gaze. The child feels at once both the center of this newly-seen universe and as an insignificant speck, lost in the vastness of it all. Her ambivalence later leads her to study the distant galaxies and the radio waves they emit, spending years peering through radio-telescopes at those same stars, all the while wondering whether she will ever truly understand her role in the heavenly drama, and what it might teach her about her own life and the quest to transform herself into a figurative supernova. In so doing, she struggles to avoid being blinded by abstract scientific theories, wishing instead to not only understand objective facts, but to also communicate with the stars and avoid becoming deaf to their poetry and music. We see signs of success when her students beg not just to learn about the scientific discoveries that abound in astrophysics, but also to “hear the music of the spheres” She bridges science and art, enthralling them with rapturous, galactic music.

Together, they learn how perfectly-paired binary stars can teach us much about human relationships, and how the comets “seeded” our planet, giving rise to life on earth- including our own. Finally, a passionate encounter with Orion, her “cosmic lover”, brings her full-circle- back to the child gazing upward into the Italian night sky, now possessed by an understanding of the role she plays in the greater cosmic symphony.

The performance features actors, dancers and acrobats and a lazer light display accompanied by the cosmically-themed songs of Muse, One Republic, Oasis, Incubus, Fallout Boys, Katy Perry, Hardwell and Daft Punk.

A landmark concert - an uncommon fusion of science and art, astronomy and music! BIO Fiorella Terenzi is an astrophysicist, author, recording artist, and professor at FIU, who is best known for taking recordings of radio waves from far-away galaxies and turning them into music. She has been described by Time Magazine as "a cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna. In her Island Records CD called Music from the Galaxies, she used the most modern radio-telescopes and computers to convert the natural radiation from galaxy UGC6697 at 180 million light years away into the audible range, then added instrumental harmonies.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lealane/2015/02/20/miami-beach-turns-100-with-a-once-in-a-lifetime-hundred-hour-party/ Monday, March 23 8 p.m. “Let’s Get Astrophysical” concert. (Not an Olivia Newton-John cover, this far-out event uses sounds from outer-space by astrophysicist Fiorella Terenzi, professor of astrophysics at Florida International University. Worth bragging rights as a strange thing.)

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2015/02/miami_beach_celebrates_centennial_with_100-hour_festival.php Monday, March 23
8 p.m. "Let's Get Astrophysical" concert So what's an astrophysical concert, exactly? "Fiorella [Terenzi], an astrophysicist, does a show using sounds from outer space," says Nannette Rodriguez, director of communications for Miami Beach.