As our celebratory 2017 season winds down, we thought we’d close the season with a bang. A big bang. Lest you think we’re just being dramatic, enter The Hubble Cantata – an immersive, exciting, and (wait for it) explosive night where music, science and art collide to take us on a virtual reality trip through the cosmos. The hour-long space-inspired cantata is performed by opera stars Nathan Gunn and Jessica Rivera and members of the LA Opera Orchestra, LA Opera Chorus and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, with music by composer Paola Prestini and libretto by Royce Vavrek. Before the show, prepare to have your minds expanded with renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio, who will give a preshow talk with Griffith Observatory curator Dr. Laura Danly, who worked on the actual Hubble Telescope. No biggie. Presented in association with LA Opera and produced by National Sawdust and Beth Morrison Projects, this is one of those you’ll-kick-yourself-if-you-miss-it kind of shows.
Space exploration not your bag? How about a road trip with Bang on a Can? Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe celebrate three decades of working together by bringing their eclectic, experimental and exciting minimalist music to the Ford with the world premiere of Road Trip. Performed by the chamber music super-group Bang on a Can All-Stars and directed by Michael Counts, Road Trip is a performance art explosion for the senses that features stunning scenic design by projection artist CandyStations. Say you saw it first…see Road Trip under the stars at the Ford before it heads to the BAM Next Wave Fest.
Explore the cosmos with The Hubble Cantata Wednesday, October 11, then hit the road with Bang on a Can All-Stars: Road Trip on Saturday, October 14.
Tickets and info for The Hubble Cantata can be found here.
Tickets and info for Bang on a Can All-Stars: Road Trip can be found here.
Going to The Hubble Cantata? Don’t forget to download the Virtual Reality app and film beforehand. Details can be found here.