Night Sky

Document Type

Musical Composition


Night Sky presents a meditative sonic journey in response to James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace in Houston, Texas, and was composed for that space. The Skyspace communicates a vastness of space and the solidity of the earth, with its ceiling keyhole open to the sky and its pyramid-like structure containing the body of its form. Considering this, I found the poem “Night Sky” by Don Bogen, whose narrative that juxtaposes the starry, ever-expanding universe with the author's fixed presence on earth reflects a similar duality. The poem “Night Sky” appears with permission of the poet. Katherine Pracht Phares and Steven Naylor narrated Bogen's Night Sky, recorded by audio engineer Michael Laurello. Night Sky was commissioned through an Arts Initiative Grant from Rice University.

Publication Date

Fall 10-7-2022

Publication Title

James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace


Rice University

Moody Center for the Arts Night Sky 2022.pdf (786 kB)
Moody Center for the Arts: Night Sky Webpage