Aalto University: Saxtronauts’ saxophonic Space adventure to visit Metsähovi Radio Observatory on 10 September

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Interested in an adventure into the world of astronomy and classical music? Aalto University staff and alumni are invited to come and enjoy this performance at 5 p.m. on 10 September, at the end of the Family Day on the campus. The Metsähovi Radio Observatory is a unique place to jump into this space adventure, as its doors are not often open to the public. Sign up in advance from Friday 26 August at 12:30 p.m. Places will be filled in in the order of registration. The primary language of the tour will be English, but also Finnish if necessary and as agreed. The duration of the tour is approximately 1.5 h.

In addition to the Metsähovi Radio Observatory, in autumn 2022, Saxtronauts will be playing at Väisälä Space Park in Tuorla and the Turku observatory, among other venues.

‘We have noticed that music and the universe share interesting similarities, such as boundlessness. With our tour, we combine the two into a unique package where the listener can learn new things about music and astronomy as well as enjoy the dialogue between the two,’ the Saxtronauts explain.

Saxtronauts Anna-Sofia Anttonen, Nanna Ikonen, Nanako Lammi and Sikri Lehko are all multi-faceted and adventurous musicians, pedagogues and performing artists.

Saxtronauts always creates a set to suit each environment. Their set contains pieces arranged for the saxophone from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, from Hildegard of Bingen to Béla Bartók. Pieces have also been commissioned for the concert from contemporary composers Tytti Arola, Nuño Fernández Ezquerra and Lauri Supponen.

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