News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 6, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 6, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, September 6, 2018
Stonington Opera House hosts multimedia concert

Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion combines music and imagery to offer a moving account of Galileo’s remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music.

Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts

Closing out the summer season, Opera House Arts offers a special evening of music and film with Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions, which will take place on Saturday, September 8, at 7 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. The performance offers a moving account of Galileo’s remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music by tying together the avant-garde music of Galileo’s day, narration by bestselling author Dava Sobel, and high-definition images of Earth and the cosmos, according to a news release from OHA.

Inspired by Dava Sobel’s book Galileo’s Daughter, the group brings alive, through music and readings, the era of Suor Maria Celeste, whose letters to her famous father make vivid the spiritual and daily life of a 17th-century woman.“In Perpetual Motion, we’re taken back to the 17th century, when a new age of science was born,” says Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk and Cosmos. “The harmony is so natural, so welcome to our senses, that we are left wondering why all history of science is not choreographed for us in this way.”

Perpetual Motion is performed by Galileo’s Daughters—soprano Sarah Pillow, Mary Anne Ballard playing the viola da gamba, with guests Ronn McFarlane playing lute, author Dava Sobel narrating, with projection images of the cosmos provided by Marc Wagnon.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 367-2788, or in person at the Opera House Box Office, at the corner of Main and School streets in downtown Stonington (Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.).