Wittenberg Professor Collaborates With Symphony To Present “Musical Journey Through The Solar System”
Published Feb. 14, 2012
Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University Professor of Physics and 2010-11 State of Ohio Professor of the Year Dan Fleisch will share his expertise in electromagnetics and space physics during a pre-concert presentation as well as a narration during the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave.
The preconcert presentation begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Turner Studio, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kuss Auditorium. Fleisch worked with David Detrick, executive director of the Springfield Symphony, to plan a “musical journey through the solar system” titled “Out of this World,” which includes spectacular images and videos. The images, illustrated with multimedia pictures, will be projected on three screens by The Now Device.
Called a “master scientific communicator” by Electronic Design Magazine, Fleisch daily inspires his own students. Thanks to this program, everyone else in the community will have the opportunity to learn from him.
“I’m a person for whom the life of the mind is such a driving force,” Fleisch said. “Helping others have those ‘wow’ moments is most rewarding.”
A regular contributor of science commentary to the PBS station WYSO 91.3-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Fleisch has also published technical articles in numerous academic journals and presented more than a dozen professional papers related to high-speed microwave instrumentation and radar cross-section measurement.
In 2006, he appeared in the documentary The Dayton Codebreakers, and three years later, he became the first United States citizen to receive an Arthur Award from Stuart McLean of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Recipient of the highest teaching award at Wittenberg, Fleisch received his B.S. in physics from Georgetown University in 1974 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1976 and 1980, respectively. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1998.
Tickets must be purchased through the Clark State Performing Arts Center Box Office at 937-328-3874, and discounted tickets will be available to Wittenberg faculty, staff and alumni for $30 in Section 1 and $25 in Section 2.
Following the concert, gather with other alumni and friends of Wittenberg at Mela Urban Bistro located in the Courtyard by Marriott.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence