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Symposium: Humpback Whales and Their Extraordinary Mystery of Song

The symposium will explore the ecology of the oceans while highlighting humpbacks and their complex social behaviors and unique vocalizations. Speakers include National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin and marine biologist Jim Darling. Featuring the premier of Unsoftly, to the Night by composer Matt Curlee.

The symposium was created by the  Arts in Mind Project at the School of Medicine and Dentistry  in collaboration with the Institute for the Performing Arts, Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music, and the Program of Dance and Movement

  • 12 p.m. Remarks by Gary Paige, professor emeritus at the School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • 12:30 p.m. Lecture - Jim Darling, Marine Biologist
  • 1:30 p.m. Lecture Demonstration: Flip Nicklin, National Geographic Photographer
  • 2:30 p.m. Break

3 p.m. Panel Discussion with Q&A
4:20 p.m. - Performance: 'Unsoftly, to the NIght' 
Composer - Matt Curlee, Eastman School of Music faculty
Music Director: Mark Powell, ESM Alumn & Queens College faculty
Photographer: Flip Nicklin
Choreographers: Missy Pfohl Smith and Mariah Steele
Performers: Students from the Program of Dance and Movement and Eastman School of Music; and BIODANCE. 
5 p.m. Reception

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing
26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff


performing arts, Medical Humanities



Eastman School of Music, Institute for the Performing Arts, Program of Dance and Movement, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Contact Phone or Email

For information, call (585) 275-6395

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MICHELE CLEARY left a positive review Saturday, November 2, 2019

Loved the symposium. I was pleasantly surprised about the interesting topic, excellent pictures, and great information.