Creative Team

Composer

PAOLA PRESTINI

Librettist

ROYCE VAVREK

Conductor

JULIAN WACHNER

Narrator

MARIO LIVIO

Film

ELIZA MCNITT

Performers

NATHAN GUNN AND JESSICA RIVERA | TALISE TRAVIGNE

PAOLA PRESTINI

ROYCE VAVREK

JULIAN WACHNER

About

An astrophysicist searches for his wife in the stars. As the cosmos unfolds, the birth, life, and death of a star trace the couple’s loss of their child. With stumnning images from the Hubble Space telescope, the space-inspired cantata culminates in a five-minute virtual reality film that launches the audience into an immersive voyage through the universe. Through his narration, New York Times best-selling author and eminent astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio explains the larger celestial implications at stake, placing the characters’ story within the grand scheme of the cosmos.

For the virtual reality portion of the performance, cardboard headsets will be provided, expertly created by The Endless Collective, a leading VR FX firm, with a 360-degree soundscape developed by Arup, the global leaders in acoustics and sound design. This mesmerizing live experience, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust in association with Arup, reflects Livio’s poignant themes and the powerful realization that humans discovered, explored and continue to expand the understanding of the Universe, and man’s place in it.

Support

Produced by VisionIntoArt and Beth Morrison Projects in association with Arup
. Tours produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

Original commission by Bay Chamber Concerts for A New Frontier 2013. The Hubble Cantata is commissioned by National Sawdust with support from Bill & Jill Steinberg, Time Warner Inc. in collaboration with 150, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Hubble Cantata received its World Premiere at BRIC’S Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in August 2016.

Press

“Luminously involving music”

The Los Angeles Times

“It astounded me, this feeling of floating above Earth, and tears began to emerge from my cardboard goggles.”

The New Yorker

“The success lies in its ability to exist as both high art and popular entertainment.”

The Observer

“…a thundering opus…”

Hyperallergic

“…a multidimensional paean to the ‘eye in the sky’…”

Nature Magazine

“…Prestini’s music [is] vividly shimmering and raging with the emotional temperatures of characters as suggested in Vavrek’s libretto, and generally conjuring up an authentically cosmic atmosphere with its trembling strings, ethereal wind lines, and luminous glockenspiel.”

VAN Magazine

01 / 06

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