In Thursday’s (3/26) Boston Globe, Robert Knox writes, “A young composer’s orchestral work inspired by a mathematical theory on the fundamentals of the universe will have its debut in Saturday’s concert by the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘String Theory and the Universe,’ Plymouth composer Matthew Sorensen’s dense five-minute piece, takes listeners on a high speed ‘journey in flight’ from the ‘Big Bang’ beginning to what theorists are now calling the ‘Big Crunch’ at the end. … The theory, according to the composer’s program notes, states ‘that fundamentally the universe is made up of tiny filaments or strings that vibrate, just as a string on a violin does, and these vibrations are the building blocks to everything we experience in the world today.’ The idea is an especially attractive idea to a musician. ‘Essentially,’ Sorensen writes, ‘String Theory describes our universe as a symphony of tiny vibrations!’ … [Plymouth Philharmonic Music Director] Steven Karidoyanes called the piece ‘youthful-sounding, energetic and engaging . . . obviously written by someone with great skill and imagination.’ ”
Posted March 27, 2009