Prominent Geneticist And Violinist To Present ‘An Evening Of Music And Science’ As Part Of Presidential Lecture Series
April 15, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Mike Rigert
Mark Ptashne, one of the world’s most renowned molecular biologists who also happens to be a talented violinist, will present “An Evening of Music and Science” as part of Utah Valley University’s Presidential Lecture Series on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Science Building auditorium, room 134. The event is free and open to the public.
Ptashne will perform “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins” by Johann Sebastian Bach and the second movement of Franz Schubert’s “Trio in E-flat Major Piano, Violin and Cello” accompanied by UVU faculty members and students. A discussion, “Musings of Music and Science” will follow the musical performances.
“This should be an excellent evening with an intriguing blend of art and science by one of the true Renaissance men of our generation,” said President Matthew S. Holland.
Ptashne is the Ludwig Chair of Molecular Biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y., and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1985, he was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University and in 1997, the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. He has authored several books for a wider scientific audience, including “Genes & Signals” and “A Genetic Switch.”
As a violinist, Ptashne studied with Roman Totenberg, Eric Rosenblith, Patty Kopec and Mela Tenenbaum, and his recordings include the same Bach Concerto he will perform on Friday. He owns and performs on the “Williamette” Stradivarius and “Plowden” Guarneri del Gesú violins.