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A UNIVERSE OF DREAMS

A Universe of Dreams. That is indeed what the Hubble Space Telescope has provided humanity for the last twenty-five years. It is also the title of a beautiful, cross-disciplinary performance piece created by Ensemble Galilei in 2004. Using Hubble photos, poetry about the universe, the music of Ensemble Galilei and narrated by Neal Conan, former host of NPR’s Performance Today, A Universe of Dreams has been performed in concert forty-two times since 2004 in venues as diverse as this country. From its premiere in Los Angeles at the Skirball Center, to a performance at the public library in Pinedale, Wyoming, Ensemble Galilei has taken the extraordinary Hubble photos to thousands of concert goers, and into middle and high schools with their Co-operative Writing Project.

This fall, Ensemble Galilei will partner with the Space Telescope Science Institute to create and present A Universe of Dreams 2.5, beautifully revised using Hubble pictures from the very first images to the most recently released, and music from Ensemble Galilei’s newest release, From Whence We Came. Twenty-five years after Hubble was launched, twenty-five years after Ensemble Galilei was founded, we have much to share, much to celebrate. Truly, From Whence We Came.

 

Poetry by: Michael Glaser, Stanley Kunitz, V.P. Loggins, William Shakespeare, and a retelling of the Navajo Creation Myth
Music from Ensemble Galilei’s latest release: From Whence We Came
Narrated by Neal Conan
Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope Institute

Neal Conan

Neal Conan

Ensemble Galilei

Ensemble Galilei

  1. Iris Ensemble Galilei from "From Whence We Came" 3:11
  2. Away in the Manger (Flow Gently, Sweet Afton) / Polonessa Spoof Ensemble Galilei from "Surrounded by Angels" 5:05
  3. Monday Morning Reel - O'Neill's March (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) Ensemble Galilei from "A Change of Worlds" 4:55
  4. Suki's Waltz Ensemble Galilei from "From the Edge of the World" 4:29
  5. Ductia/La Ultime Estampie Real/Saltarello Ensemble Galilei from "Alta" 6:42
  6. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - What Child Is This Ensemble Galilei from "A Winter's Night: Christmas in the Great Hall" 4:51
  7. Sgt. Early's Dream / Tune For Kieran Ensemble Galilei from "From the Isles to the Courts" 5:33
  8. Come, Gentle Night Ensemble Galilei from "Come, Gentle Night" 3:37
  9. Sibylla and Agatha Ensemble Galilei from "The Mystic and the Muse" 3:16
  10. The Dark Island - Come by the Hills - My Home Ensemble Galilei from "Following the Moon" 5:18
  11. Hoboekentanz / Schafertanz Ensemble Galilei and Maggie Sansone from "Ancient Noels" 6:01
  12. The Galician Waltz / Breton Dances Ensemble Galilei from "Music in the Great Hall" 5:04
  13. Les Souvenirs Et Les Regrets Ann Mayo Muir and Ensemble Galilei from "Notes From Across the Sea' 2:59
  14. Lament For Terrence McDonough / Dream Of The Wanderer / Castle Kelly Trio Galilei from "Above and Beyond" 10:02
  15. The Wayfaring Stranger Trio Galilei from "Home" 2:16