The Light

Metropolis Music Festival

Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 8:00pm

Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall


Tan Dun Crouching Tiger Concerto
Garsden Faculties Intact (con tutta forza) WORLD PREMIERE
Glass The Light

André de Ridder conductor
Oliver Coates cello

Brawny punk energy and electrifying sonic images abound in Fuel, Julia Wolfe’s multi-media collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison, which explores the global implications of the fossil fuel economy.

Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto, a concert work based on the composer’s Academy Award-winning score to Ang Lee’s martial arts epic, provides an exquisite contrast with poignant themes unfurling over six movements, connected by a glorious cello cadenza.

The Light, Phillip Glass’ first full scoring for symphony orchestra, is a hypnotic, continually evolving reflection on the way great moments of clarity can metaphorically ‘illuminate’ intellectual and scientific endeavour. Its starting point: the famous 1887 Michelson-Morley Experiment, in which American physicists determined the velocity of the speed of light, setting the scene for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

This concert will also include a new work commissioned as part of the MSO’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program.

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