LCO invited to perform as part of Ron Arad's 'Curtain Call' at the Roundhouse
Thursday 12 May 2011
Tuesday 23 August, 7.30pm
As part of Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse, internationally renowned artist, architect and designer, Ron Arad has invited his favourite musicians and friends to create unique work for his 360° interactive installation.
Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with materials and his radical approach to form and structure have put him at the forefront of contemporary design. For Curtain Call, he has responded to the Roundhouse’s spectacular Main Space by creating a curtain made of 5,600 silicon rods, suspended from an 18 metre diamater ring – a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction.
LCO’s performance explores 20th-century repertoire for strings, interspersed with a selection of Thomas Tallis’ choral masterpieces. As Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia takes Tallis as his inspiration, so John Woolrich looks to Monteverdi in Ulysses Awakes. The programme is completed by two contrasting minimalist incarnations: John Adams’ Shaker Loops and Arvo Pärt’s elegy to Britten, whose funeral bell tolls throughout the work.
Photo: © J. Birch