Dr. Gillian Backus (second soprano and member of VCS for several seasons) is not only volunteering her time to make Music of the Storms an awesome concert, she is also in the thick of three presentations between now and shownight, one of which is coming up this week. Dr. Backus will present:
Sickening: Waterborne Infectious Diseases in a Dynamic World
Noon to 1 pm
Friday, February 15, 2013
CE Theater (Ernst Center), Annandale Campus
(Northern Virginia Community College, Little River Turnpike, Annandale VA).
Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division,
and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA
This event is FREE, and there will be light refreshments before from 11:30 to 11:55,
and a meet-and-greet with Dr. Backus in the lower gallery.
Abstract: Every year, 1.8 million children die of water-related diseases worldwide. A clean, reliable source of drinking water would prevent most of these illnesses and greatly reduce childhood mortality. What are the factors that thwart efforts to bring clean drinking water to every village? What organisms cause which diseases? Which diseases are becoming more prominent? Join us as we discuss the geographical, political, socioeconomic, biological, economic, and public health issues that connect our world with that of water, and waterborne infectious disease.
We read that abstract and instantly got why Dr. Backus’ hand shot up when we asked for volunteers to help with Music of the Storms, which is this season’s concert for a cause in support of science education and disaster relief. We asked her why she sings, and she says:
I’m a scientist, internally ruled by logic most of the time. But I love the expressiveness of the music. The creativity of the composers to convey a message through music is so different from “telling it like it is”, the data-driven, logical way. Clearly, I am passionate about weather, global climate change, and, in particular, water. But it’s not just the science I find fascinating…its the social justice issues, the political, economic, and ethical considerations. And music and art can reflect that complexity and add to it. And as always, Jen picks the most fun and compelling music to showcase. Its fun to sing. Its fun to learn, and its fun to perform. This is the kind of music and theme that I can feel with my heart as well as my head.
This is going to be a great concert.
Yes, yes it is.