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Planetarium

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US Premiere
 
Mar 21—Mar 24, 2013
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 2hrs 10min with intermission
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  Starts at $20
SINGLE TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $25
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday March 21, 2013
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By Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and Sufjan Stevens

“… rich in every dimension—words, images, sound, musical and metaphysical layers.”
—Brisbane Times (Australia)

In an otherworldly convergence of talents—singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, and composer Nico Muhly—give the music of the spheres a 21st-century spin in Planetarium, an evening of songs inspired by our solar system.

The firmament descends in part one with a set of atmospheric instrumental works, composed by the three artists and performed with precision by a guest quartet. In part two, the planetary paeans begin: Stevens’ wistful falsetto voice traces the gauzy rings of Saturn. Muhly’s analog keyboards, Dessner’s guitar, and seven trombones unleash the red rage of Mars. And in an elegiac electronic waltz, a chamber ensemble gives the crestfallen Pluto—ousted but not forgotten—its musical due.

Projection design by Deborah Johnson

String Quartet:
Clarice Jensen
Rob Moose
Ben Russell
Nadia Sirota

Originally co-commissioned by Barbican, Muziekegebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven and Sydney Opera House

Read the BAM program notes for Planetarium

Leadership support provided by
Frances Bermanzohn & Alan Roseman

 

 
 
 
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