About This Event
Join us for an evening of intimate conversation and musical performance as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes and some of the most forward-thinking composers of our age, explore the extraordinary lives and legacies of two unconventional innovators: the legendary screen siren Hedy Lamarr and renowned avant-garde composer George Antheil. In a remarkable and unlikely union, Lamarr, known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world,’ and Antheil, the self-described ‘bad boy of music,’ joined forces during World War II to invent a secret communication system that presaged today’s GPS, cell phone and Bluetooth technologies. Today, George Antheil is revered as a pioneer of electronic music. Some of his compositions were so far ahead of their time that the technology to bring them to life only materialized decades after his death. The conversation on innovation, science and music will be amplified by a series of performances of Antheil’s seminal scores and explorations of today’s most avant-garde electronica.
$20 Standing Room
$30 Table Seating (2 Item Minimum)
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase "Table Seating" tickets. By purchasing a "Table Seating" ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table Seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase "Standing Room" tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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"Hedy Lamarr & George Antheil: Improbable Collaborators, Unconventional Innovators"
he World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. The Board includes Alan Alda, the actor/author/director; Ann Ziff, managing director and co-chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera and a vice chairman on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.; Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University; Brian Greene, Professor of Physics and Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University, and author of The Elegant Universe; Tracy Day, CEO and Co-founder of The World Science Festival, who is a four-time National News Emmy award-winning journalist; and Judith Cox, the President of the Science Festival Foundation, who was Deputy Director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and instrumental in its New York and international operations.
The World Science Festival’s signature event is an annual celebration and exploration of science that launched in 2008. Hailed a “new cultural institution,” by the New York Times, the Festival has featured such luminaries as: Stephen Hawking, E.O. Wilson, Sir Paul Nurse, Harold Varmus, Daniel Dennett, Eric Lander, Steven Chu, Richard Leakey, Sylvia Earle, Yo-Yo Ma, Oliver Sacks, Mary-Claire King, Chuck Close, Philip Glass, Charlie Kaufman, Glenn Close, Anna Deavere Smith, Bobby McFerrin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow, Bill T. Jones, Charlie Rose, John Hockenberry, Elizabeth Vargas and Walter Isaacson. The first four Festivals attracted over half a million visitors, and millions more have viewed the programs online. The World Science Festival has recently commenced year-round live programming in New York City, nationally and internationally.
RICHARD RHODES is the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill; a personal memoir, A Hole in the World; a biography, John James Audubon; and four novels. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His most recent book, Hedy's Folly, is currently in bookstores. Rhodes lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad (see Lecturing tab, above). With his wife Ginger Rhodes, a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, he lives near Half Moon Bay, California.
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.
The operas – “Einstein on the Beach,” “Satyagraha,” “Akhnaten,” and “The Voyage,” among many others – play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” while “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.” His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Indeed, Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music -- simultaneously.
He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland , Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble – seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.
The new musical style that Glass was evolving was eventually dubbed “minimalism.” Glass himself never liked the term and preferred to speak of himself as a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” Much of his early work was based on the extended reiteration of brief, elegant melodic fragments that wove in and out of an aural tapestry. Or, to put it another way, it immersed a listener in a sort of sonic weather that twists, turns, surrounds, develops.
There has been nothing “minimalist” about his output. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Tyondai Braxton has been actively involved in music composition and performance since the mid 90's.
His music consists most prominently of "orchestrated loops," a real-time overlaying of guitar, voice and found objects designed to simulate an ensemble. As the former guitarist, keyboardist and singer of Battles, he received world-wide acclaim for the group's debut album Mirrored, which, amongst other honors and awards the album received, was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ten best records of the year. With over 2.5 million views on YouTube of the band’s single Atlas, the 10 month tour for the record brought the band to such venues as The Cartier Foundation Museum in Paris, The Fuji Rock Festival in Northern Japan, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia for Brian Eno’s Luminous Festival.
Most recently completing "Central Market" a record for large orchestra and orchestra on Warp Records. Central Market was adapted for ballet by Baryshnikov Art Center-resident choreographer John Heginbotham, and premiers at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress, in addition to The Walker Arts Museum, and, in the U.K, Steve Reich's Reverberation Festival, Barbican, in 2011. He's received commissions ranging from multimedia art/music installations (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) to scoring composition for world renowned ensembles (Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can) and contemporary dance troupes (Merce Cunningham protégé Alan Good). Braxton currently lives in NY.
Photos by Grace Villamil
the music of George Antheil performed by Kathleen Supové
Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today's world. Ms. Supové annually presents a series of solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO. In this series, she has performed and premiered works by such established composers as Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Neil Rolnick, and Morton Subotnick, as well as emerging composers such as Missy Mazzoli, Randall Woolf, Anna Clyne, Lainie Fefferman, Mohammed Fairouz, Nick Didkovsky, Carolyn Yarnell, and Bubblyfish, just to name a few. She is also involved in commissioning a repertoire of pieces for piano, electronics, and video. This past December, she premiered ELECTRIC SHEEP by Marc Mellits for solo piano and LEMUR robots. Another recent ongoing project is DIGITAL DEBUSSY, working with a variety of composers including Joan La Barbara, Annie Gosfield, Matt Marks, Gene Pritsker, techno artist Jeff Mills, Elan Vytal (aka DJ Scientific), Marita Bolles, Eric km Clark, and others.
Ms. Supové is a Yamaha Artist. Her latest solo CD is THE EXPLODING PIANO, on the Major Who label.
She has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, Other Minds Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Bang On a Can Marathon, Music at the Anthology, Composers' Collaborative, Inc., and at many other venues, ranging from concert halls to theatrical spaces to clubs such as Le Poisson Rouge. For more info, visit www.supove.com or follow www.facebook.com/supove.
Hailed by Time Out New York as "passionate", and “one of New York’s most reliably adventurous performers”, violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of orchestral violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation.
As a soloist, and chamber musician, she has performed worldwide in venues such as the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. the Mozartsalle in Vienna, and RAI National Radio in Rome. In the 2009-2010 season, she served as Concertmaster for Lincoln Center’s National touring production of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Having a penchant for new music that stretch the limits of the violin, Jennifer is often seen performing works that require extended techniques, improvisation, and the use of electronics. Highlights include a grant from the New York State Music Fund for the premiere performances of Holding Fast for violin and video written for her by Randall Woolf, John Zorn’s Goetia for solo violin, and the US premiere of Toccatina by Helmut Lachenmann.
A prominent chamber musician, Jennifer was a founding member of the Miró String and with her involvement, the group won Grand Prize at the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions. She has also performed extensively with ETHEL, Sirius Quartet, and Fireworks Ensemble. She can be heard on over a dozen albums for TZADIK record label in works by composers such as John Zorn, Christian Wolfe, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Susie Ibarra Trio with whom she has toured Europe and North America as a free jazz collaborator.
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