<i>The Hubble Cantata</i>

Jill Steinberg

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Wed., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 2017
$65-$105

Staid astronomers and hippie songwriters alike have long recognized that we are all composed of bits of ancient stardust. In composer Paola Prestini and librettist Royce Vavrek's operatic science-fiction fantasy, The Hubble Cantata, the universe itself is the backdrop for an intergalactic love story as an astrophysicist (baritone Nathan Gunn) searches through the cosmos for his wife (soprano Jessica Rivera). Images from the Hubble Space Telescope deepen Prestini's reverential and contemplative, if formally mannered, melodies before the multimedia spectacle culminates with Eliza McNitt's immersive virtual-reality film Fistful of Stars. Astrophysicist Mario Livio, who narrates the film, will have a preshow discussion with Griffith Observatory curator Laura Danly.

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