Music, art and scavenger hunts at the NAC and Museum of Nature Festival


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

An upcoming festival shows how people can listen to 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 host the event – dubbed the SPHERE Festival – which will take place September 22-25.

To complement activities at the National Arts Center—including concerts, lectures, and art installations—the museum offers programs on nature, sound, museum exhibits, and science.

Programs include a sound scavenger hunt where visitors search for samples and scan QR codes to hear compositions recorded by NACO musicians. Each composer for the eight components of the scavenger hunt was challenged to create music based on one of the four SPHERE Festival themes: lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

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

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

The museum’s program is included in general admission and Thursday is free from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit the museum’s website for more information.


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