A screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with live orchestra and choir, will open this year’s World Science Festival Brisbane.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in cinema history, the digitally remastered film will be accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Australian Voices, led by internationally renowned conductor Marc Taddei.
Queensland Museum CEO and Director Professor Suzanne Miller says the event will officially open the festival on Wednesday 22 March.
“We are thrilled to be able to host the Queensland premiere of such an amazing production and I could not think of a more fitting way to open the 2017 World Science Festival Brisbane,” she says.
“While making the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick created a primarily non-verbal experience to allow the musical score to evoke an emotional response from the audience.
“He more than achieved this in the movie, but to experience this magnificent film complete with live orchestra and choir is a whole different experience.”
As well as opening the festival on Wednesday 22 March, there will be two additional performances on Thursday 23 March, including a matinee.
The film’s rich soundtrack features classics like The Blue Danube, Gayane Ballet Suite and, of course, Also Sprach Zarathustra.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she welcomes the opportunity for Queensland arts companies The Australian Voices and Queensland Symphony Orchestra to feature prominently in the 2017 World Science Festival Brisbane.
“The World Science Festival Brisbane will showcase our great arts companies, along with our region’s latest innovations and scientific discoveries, highlighting the important intersection of art and science,” the Premier says.
“The Queensland Government is committed to the long-term future of the World Science Festival to showcase the region and reinforce the state’s reputation as a destination for big events.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says the performance will complement the festival’s innovative program, joining the city’s calendar of international sporting fixtures, blockbuster shows and exclusive cultural events throughout 2017.
“This exclusive performance is another great example of the innovation and collaboration between the arts and science that the festival delivers to Brisbane audiences,” Cr Quirk says.
“I look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors and locals to the city to celebrate the work of our leading research and innovation institutions, and experience the warmth and hospitality Brisbane has to offer.”
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s chief executive David Pratt says the film’s evocative soundtrack will add a new dimension to the film when played live by QSO.
“This eclectic score features classical works from the 1800s made popular again thanks to 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as modern compositions that pushed the boundaries of sound when the film was released in 1968,” he says.
“From the lush romantic crescendos of Johann Strauss’ best known waltz The Blue Danube to the booming, monumental soundscape of Also Sprach Zarathustra that has come to typify space exploration and the greatest achievements of humankind, this expressive soundtrack is vital to the meaning of the movie.
“Hearing a full orchestra perform is a truly captivating experience and we look forward to sharing the power of live classical music with a new audience.”
A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey will be staged in QPAC’s Concert Hall on Wednesday 22 March and Thursday 23 March. Tickets are available now at worldsciencefestival.com.au.