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Salon Sanctuary will present "Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions" on Friday, February 7th at 8pm, featuring Galileo's Daughters, with guests lutenist Ronn McFarlane, author Dava Sobel, and video artist Marc Wagnon. The concert is set for The Renaissance Library of the House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, NY, NY 10128.

A moving and compelling account of a remarkable moment in the history of science, human thought and music, Perpetual Motion ties together groundbreaking repertoire of Galileo's day, narration by acclaimed best-selling science writer Dava Sobel, (author of Galileo's Daughter) and high-definition images of Earth and the cosmos.

Sobel narrates the story of coinciding revolutions in science and music in the 17th century, as breathtaking images of Earth and the heavens complement virtuoso singing and playing. Together they present a link to the past and bring to light the exquisite beauty of our world.

This exciting multimedia event will be presented in the Fabbri Mansion's reconstructed 15th century Library, brought to New York from Italy and reassembled here during World War I.

An ensemble based in New York City, Galileo's Daughters is inspired by the lives and works of Galileo Galilei, his daughter, Maria Celeste, and the musicians and scientists of their time. Their story is told in a multimedia program narrated by author Dava Sobel.

Since their debut concert in September 2001, Galileo's Daughters has performed throughout the United States at universities, music festivals and special gatherings of the scientific community.

Shaped by a variety of talents in early music, opera, jazz, drama, and scholarship among the four performers, the programs presented by Galileo's Daughters offer, through music, narration and a stunning video created by Marc Wagnon, an entertaining window into one of the most exciting periods in the history of western civilization.


Sarah Pillow soprano
Mary Anne Ballard viola da gamba
Dava Sobel storyteller
Ronn McFarlane lute
Marc Wagnon video artist

Recently praised with having "a genuinely genre-busting voice, full and vivid" by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post, soprano Sarah Pillow enjoys a unique career, drawing on her equal expertise in jazz, classical, and early music repertoire. Beginning her career as a jazz singer, Sarah won best vocal solo in a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She went on to study classical singing at Oberlin Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Since moving to New York City in the early 90s, Sarah has toured the United States and Canada with her jazz quartet, her crossover project, Nuove Musiche, and her early music ensemble, Galileo's Daughters. Sarah's current season includes performances in Washington D.C., California and New York City of music from the 12th century to recently composed works. Her new solo album, Grace in Time, is a collection of spiritual songs for organ and voice with organist Jeffrey C. Johnson. She is also featured on a new album titled Fairy Tales and Lullabies with The Phoenix Quartet. More information can be found at and

Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba, has, as a performer and programmer, explored a wide variety of early music from the Middle Ages through the Baroque periods. She has toured 47 states, The Netherlands, Germany, and Austria, and appearedon numerous radio programs (e.g. St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today) with The Baltimore Consort, an ensemble whose recordings of repertory from Renaissance England, Scotland, France, and Spain, as well as early traditional music have ranked in the top 10 on the Billboard "classical crossover" charts. She is also a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols, Brio (Sephardic music), Galileo's Daughters, and Mr. Jefferson's Music. As a guest viol player, she has appeared with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the Philadelphia Singers, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

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