Ensemble Galilei and Neal Conan, host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, will present “A Universe of Dreams,” featuring images from the Hubble Space telescope, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Hesston Mennonite Church.


Ensemble Galilei and Neal Conan, host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, will present “A Universe of Dreams,” featuring images from the Hubble Space telescope, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Hesston Mennonite Church.

The performance is a part of the 2009-10 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series.

“A Universe of Dreams” is music, poetry and stories with host and narrator Neal Conan and features projected images from the Hubble Space Telescope. With music inspired by the Hubble images, the performers present a backdrop for works by some American poets.

Text for the program comes from the writings of Stanley Kunitz, Jim Harrison, William Shakespeare, and a re-telling of a Navajo Creation Myth, all performed with images from the Hubble that have transformed our understanding of the universe.

Hailed for its blend of Irish, Scottish, early and original music, Ensemble Galilei has created a particular sound on stage and CD. Touring both instrumental programs and collaborative projects, the group takes each audience on a designed journey.

Mixing the colors and styles of early instruments with Celtic traditions, the group is equally at home with Irish reels, Medieval cantigas and English country dance tunes.

Ensemble Galilei is versatile, virtuosic, energetic and very entertaining, according to a news release.

The members of Ensemble Galilei will spend two days in residency with students at Newton’s Chisholm Middle School in a multi-disciplinary workshop on Nov. 12 and 13.

Combining musical performance with creative writing and visual elements, the residency will culminate with a school performance featuring the ensemble and student workshop participants on Nov. 13.

Prices for single tickets for the Ensemble Galilei concert at Hesston Mennonite Church range from $10 to $23, depending on seating section and discount eligibility (students and senior citizens). Season ticket prices range from $35 to $70 and include Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Feb. 18); the Glenn Miller Orchestra (March 18); and Chatham Baroque (April 18). There also is a supplemental concert by the Lawrence Children's Choir Sunday, June 6 (season tickets do not apply).

For information or to purchase tickets, call (620) 327-8158 (Hesston College) or 284-5205 (Bethel College), e-mail hbpa@hesston.edu, or purchase online at www.hesston-books.com.

This program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art, and is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kansas Arts Commission and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.