Thursday’s Isotone performance at TTU to pay tribute to physicists

thumb Isotone_EddlemonThe Isotone concert series is coming to Tennessee Tech University Thursday for a performance that will pay tribute to noted physicists Marie Curie, Frederick Soddy, Lise Meitner and Andrei Sakharov.

Launched in 2008 as a part of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association’s concert series, Isotone is organized by Scott and Sue Eddlemon on percussion and violin, respectively. The Eddlemons create, or ask composers to create, tributes to physicists of note for their programs. Isotone has debuted in New York City with performances at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Hall.

Thursday’s appearance at TTU was organized by Dan Allcott, TTU’s director of orchestras, and physics professor Dave Murdock.

“Oak Ridge seemed like the natural place to birth a series like this, and with Tech’s strong departments in music and physics, I thought it would be great to have this concert here as well,” Allcott said.

The program will feature performances on violin, percussion, piano, organ and a UCS 30 spectrometer on loan from Spectrum Techniques in Oak Ridge. Titles of pieces have a scientific ring to them, including “Inner Light” and “Stable and Unstable Elements” by composer Victoria Bond and “Three Isotopic Spectra (Cobalt, Sodium and Uranium)” by Eddlemon.

“Cookeville’s own maestro, Dan Allcott, has agreed to make a special guest appearance playing the Van de Graaff generator,” Eddlemon said.

Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage, the concert is free. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium in TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building.