Music, art and scavenger hunt presented at the NAC and Museum of Nature festival

The SPHERE Festival will take place September 22-25 and will include trivia, storytelling, unique exhibits and the chance to chat with scientists on topics ranging from fossil clues to climate change to fish ear bones.

An upcoming festival highlights how humans can listen to the Earth as we navigate the climate crisis and biodiversity loss.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is partnering with the National Arts Center Orchestra (NACO) to organize the event – called the SPHERE Festival – which will take place September 22-25.

To complement the activities of the National Arts Center — including concerts, lectures and art installations — the Museum will offer programming focusing on nature, sound, museum exhibitions and the natural sciences.

Programs include a sound scavenger hunt where visitors search for specimens and scan QR codes to hear compositions recorded by NACO musicians. Each composer of the eight components of the treasure hunt was challenged to create music on one of the four themes of the SPHERE Festival: Lithosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere and Atmosphere.

In the Bugs Alive exhibit, which features leafcutter ants in a large habitat, visitors can listen to “When the Ants Go Marching In”, composed and performed by Wakefield musician David Marks on viola.

Other special activities at the Museum include trivia, storytelling, unique exhibits, and the chance to chat with scientists on topics ranging from fossil clues to climate change to fish ear bones.

Museum programming is included in general admission and Thursdays are free from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Museum website.

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