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Online: ClimateMusic Project

Icarus in Flight by composer Richard Festinger

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT


Free. Registration required.

Watch a Recording of the Event

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been moved online to Zoom.

Program Notes by Composer Richard Festinger

For Earth Day 2020 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day), the NAS in collaboration with The ClimateMusic Project will host an online discussion with diverse experts exploring the intersections of music, climate change, and community action.

The program will feature clips and a discussion of a previously recorded performance of Icarus in Flight, an original chamber work by composer Richard Festinger, performed by the Telegraph Quartet. Icarus in Flight is a science-guided composition that models three human drivers of climate change – population growth, fossil fuel use, and land-use change–over two centuries, from 1880-2080 based on widely accepted IPCC data.


Richard Festinger, Icarus in Flight composer, San Francisco, California

William D. Collins, James and Catherine Lau Chair in Sustainability, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California at Berkeley; Coordinating lead author, WG1 AR6,  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 

Amanda Staudt, Director, Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate and Polar Research Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Laurie Goldman, Director, Public Engagement, The ClimateMusic Project, San Francisco, California


Barbara Stauffer, Chief of Community Programs, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

This program is part of The ETERNAL Experience series exploring issues related to consumer behavior and plastic taking place throughout spring 2020 at NAS, organized by LabX and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences. #nasETERNAL

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