The Williams College Department of Music and Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) present the early music ensemble Listening To History in concert. The event is free and open to the public.
The New York based early music group Listening To History is led by baroque cellist Benjamin Wolff. Together with his quintet, he presents a multifaceted performance piece titled “Galileo's Muse“, which explores the delightful and surprising relationship between scientist Galileo Galilei and the music of late Renaissance Italy. The piece tells the story of how Galileo's love of music and his experience as a lute player held the key to one of his most important scientific accomplishments—the formulation of his "Law of Falling Bodies." The program invites us into Galileo’s musical and scientific worlds with rarely performed lute music composed by Galileo's father and brother, as well as sparkling 17th century Italian dances and sonatas, and a live reenactment of the experiment of the Inclined Plane.