I saw a post on Twitter today from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra touting half-off tickets to its new “Icarus at the Edge of Time” webumentary. Something about science and the Icarus story and music all in one tweet called to me.
The performance combines science and music, as physicist and author Brian Greene teamed up with American composer (and Baltimore native) Philip Glass. The duo worked with filmmakers to create a multimedia version of Greene’s children’s book “Icarus at the Edge of Time.”
The story is exactly what you mythology buffs imagine it to be: setting the Icarus fable in a more kid-friendly, futuristic setting. Instead of Icarus traveling to the sun, he finds a black hole and Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
To make it even better, director Marin Alsop sets the mythological-esque tale to John Williams’ “Star Wars” suite. Greene also gives a live introduction to the performance.
The BSO has been running these webumentary series since 2007, combining technology with the old pastime of going to concerts. Other webumentaries coming up are The Magic Flute in February and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody in March. Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush in April sounds like a particularly good one for silent film fans.
Tickets for the show go on sale for 50 percent off at 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. tomorrow. Normally, tickets cost $14 to $61. “Icarus” runs this weekend at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Friday and Sunday, while the Saturday show will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore.