Icarus at the Edge of Time
1st July 2010
On July 3 the European Premiere of Icarus at the Edge of Time, a futuristic re-imagining of the classic Greek myth set in outer space, will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Featuring a brand new score by Philip Glass, this European premiere is performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Marin Alsop with a cutting-edge film by Al and Al. The story is based on a stunning book by the world-renowned physicist Brian Greene. Discover the boy who challenges the awesome power of a black hole and the unyielding forces of Einstein's general relativity…
The first half of the concert features John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony, an orchestral distillation of Adams' powerful opera about the life of Dr J Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who developed the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Narrated by David Morrissey
New score by Philip Glass
Performed live by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Marin Alsop
Film by Al + Al
Story by Brian Greene
Story adapted by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang
Commissioned and produced by World Science Festival (New York) and Southbank Centre (London) with the Royal Society. Co-commissioned by Associazione Festival dell Scienza, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow Concert Halls. Co-presented by Southbank Centre and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council England through the Sustain fund.