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