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Krannert Center Events: 2023-2024 Season

About This Event

Gene Machine combines science and music for an evening to thrill the mind and soul. This unique event features a conversation between Nobel Prize laureate Venki Ramakrishnan and members of the University of Illinois scientific community, along with musical performances by his son, renowned cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and concert pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman.

Venki Ramakrishnan's book, Gene Machine, provides a compelling insider account of the race to decipher the secrets of the ribosome, which translates messenger RNA into protein. A former president of the Royal Society, he has received many honors and recognitions in addition to the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, including a Guggenheim fellowship and the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. In 2012, he was granted knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to molecular biology.

Raman Ramakrishnan holds a physics degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from The Julliard School. He has performed throughout North America, Europe, India, Japan, and Hong Kong. A founding member of the Daedalus Quartet and a former member of the Horszowski Trio, he has also performed as a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He is an artist in residence at Bard College and is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Pianist Hochman has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Born in Jerusalem in 1980, he debuted as a soloist at age 24 with the Israel Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. He won the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is a Steinway Artist and lives in Berlin, where he is a lecturer at Bard College Berlin.

Musical Repertoire

Britten, Cello Sonata, Op. 65
Brahms, Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 99

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Foellinger Great Hall

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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