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Interstellar: A UTSA musical production celebrating space research

November 2, 2022

OCTOBER 18, 2022 — When the first images of the galactic frontier captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) were unveiled this summer, Jordan Boyd set his alarm to witness the works of art. It was then that the concept of the concert program Interstellar was born.

Boyd, the assistant director of Choral Activities for UTSA, is a lover of astronomy whose opportunity to take a course during his undergraduate studies fell through due to a change in professors. But when the Webb revealed its images in July, he received another chance to explore his appreciation for the sky.

“I had this realization. It was this stunning moment of ‘Wow, we’re so small. How do I capture this in music?’ So, I sat down with my music and started writing down ideas,” Boyd recalled. “As I was marinating on it for a few days, I got an email from UTSA Today talking about Chris Packham who was doing something with the Webb telescope.”

Boyd found Packham, professor and astrophysicist in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, at the new faculty orientation after spotting his JWST pin. The two discussed the concept and the project began to flourish.

Read the full story on UTSA Today.

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