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    Biosphere 2 bridges gap between science and the arts

    Biosphere 2 is building a new bridge. This bridge is a concert that is, according to UA music professor Paula Fan, “”meant to cross the gap between the arts and science.””

    Biosphere 2 is hosting “”Music of the Sphere: A Celebration of the Tropical Rainforest”” from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.

    “”Science and the arts are creative and imaginative,”” Fan said.

    Pierre Meystre, a UA physics professor, said science and art are really quite similar.

    “”Artists look at the same type of things that scientists do, but with very different eyes,”” Meystre said.

    He noted that both groups look at nature and the world around us, but with different intentions and ideas. By bridging this gap, Meystre believes that people will be more accepting of science, as they are with the arts.

    “”Science doesn’t speak directly to some people,”” he said. “”By adding the artists, the idea was that science would be open and having artists around would invite more people in.””

    The event, inspired by the rainforest, will feature five acts.

    Sambalanco, a group that plays Brazilian music, will be playing on the terrace outside of the rainforest. They will be joined by the Reveille Men’s Chorus, Tucson’s internationally recognized men’s chorus.

    Classical pianist Simone Gorete Machado will be playing pieces inspired by the rainforest in the exhibition hall, and will be accompanied by speaker Scott Saleska, a professor of ecology and biology.

    Finally, Brazukas, a Brazilian guitar duo, will be playing in the biosphere, on the beach.

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