“...Our passage to the stars” will convey an imaginary human journey to the cosmos, encouraging the audience to experience the knowledge of the universe through their own emotions, spiritual beliefs, superstitions, and symbols. This project will involve Artificial Intelligence, electronic and acoustic music, and dance; all of this is only possible at a place like NC State, where science and art meet and interact.

Among the galaxy and exploration themed music within the program are two pieces that were specially commissioned for this event. The composers, Peter Askim and Rodney Waschka, are both NC State Department of Music faculty. The program is also unique in that it is interdisciplinary; the music will be accompanied by dance performances from the NC State Dance Company as well as moving visual art created by Emil Polyak, a faculty member within the NC State College of Design.

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Olga Kleiankina

Pianist Olga Kleiankina enjoys a rich musical life of a performer, pedagogue and researcher in her home state of North Carolina in the United States. Kleiankina is an active solo and chamber music performer with an international career, performing in Europe, North America and South America, and with conductors Emil Simon, Robert Houlihan, Zsolt Janko, Randolph Foy, Peter Askim and Jeffrey Meyer. Trained as an expert in Classical and Romantic music, she is an enthusiastic performer of new music promoting the works of resident North Carolina composers Karel Husa, Rodney Waschka, Mark Scearce, and Peter Askim. She has appeared in new music festivals such as 2002 Sigismund Toduta Festival in Romania, 2010 Sound Ways Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 New Music Festival in Moldova, 2014 Modern Music Festival in Santiago, Chile.

As a member of the Chopin Project, formed in 2009 at the University of Michigan, she participated in the 9-concert performance of the entire oeuvre of Chopin. With the same group, she starred in Chopin Festivals in Raleigh, North Carolina and Sarasota, Florida. Majority of her concert programs today are experiential and present a synthesis between music, visual elements, historical and scientific facts and a vision for an emotional journey.

Dr. Kleiankina is currently the Associate Professor of Piano at North Carolina State University. She has presented numerous lectures, lecture-recitals, and master classes internationally and in the United States. Among the highlights were her presentations at the 2008 MTNA Conference in Denver and the 2011 CMS Conference in Richmond. As a researcher, she is interested in cross-discipline collaborations with engineering, computer science, educational psychology and animation.

Olga completed her early musical training in St. Neaga College of Music in Moldova, and the Academy of Music Gh. Dima in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, followed by a Master degree from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Her teachers have included Ninuca Pop and Ferdinand Weiss in Romania, Maxim Mogilevsky, John Ellis, Penelope Crawford and Arthur Greene in the United States.