Tuesday 21 April 2015

Three Tales at the Science Museum IMAX

Image by Beryl Korot
Image by Beryl Korot
Three Tales, the video opera by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot was premiered at the Vienna Festival in 2002 and broadcast by the BBC that year. The piece, which is similar in construction to Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's The Cave (1990-1993), is written for two sopranos, three tenors, string quartet, percussion, keyboards, and pre-recorded audio, with visuals by Beryl Korot. 

There is a chance to experience it in an IMAX Cinema as this week, on 22 and 24 April 2015, the Ensemble BPM will be performing the work at the Science Museum (a very appropriate location given the work's examination of technology in human history). The production will be presented in association with the Institute of Historical Research’s conference: Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early Twentieth Century. The first performance will mark the centenary of the first use of chemical weapons in warfare 22 April 1915.

Ensemble BPM is only the second group to perform the work since its 2002 premiere. They will be joined in performance by Synergy Vocals, led by former Swingle Singer Micaela Haslam. The production is conducted by Ensemble BPM's artistic director Nick Sutcliffe and directed by Matthew Eberhardt. Further information and tickets from the Science Museum website.

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