Royal Festival Hall, LondonAs well as being a leading theoretical physicist, Brian Greene is an ardent scientific populariser, with a number of best-selling books to his name including the children's book, Icarus at the Edge of Time, published two years ago. But Greene always envisaged that Icarus could become a work for the concert hall, too; "a Peter and the Wolf for the 21st century" as he puts it. Philip Glass has composed the score, film-makers Al+Al have created the visuals and the result was first performed in New York last month. It came to Europe, with the London Philharmonic conducted by Marin Alsop and David Morrissey as narrator, as one of the Southbank Centre's events marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.Icarus is a boy on a spaceship making the first interstellar journey. Defying his father, he takes off in a homemade spacecraft to investigate a passing black...
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