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Physicist Brings Multimedia Performance to Texas Tech

Heidi Toth

January 26, 2015

Physicist Brings Multimedia Performance to Texas Tech

“Icarus at the Edge of Time” score to be performed live by Texas Tech CVPA Orchestra.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

An internationally renowned physicist is coming to Lubbock to introduce thousands of area students to the theory of relativity, classical music and art at the “Icarus at the Edge of Time” performances on the Texas Tech University campus.

“Icarus,” based on the book by theoretical physicist Brian Greene, tells the story of a young boy who leaves his family's spaceship to explore a black hole, in the process discovering that time slowed down as he approached the black hole and what to him seemed like an hour was actually thousands of years. The multimedia performance includes a full orchestra composed of Texas Tech faculty and other professional musicians, with a musical score by Philip Glass and a state-of-the-art digital film. Greene will do the narration. About 3,500 area students will attend.

“This is the beauty of the event,” said Keith Dye, associate dean for undergraduate and curricular issues in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “In approximately 45 minutes, they will simultaneously hear a great piece of literature introduced and narrated by the author, a world-famous physicist, hear a live performance of a professional symphony orchestra performing music composed by one of America's greatest composers and see a video created by two of the most innovative visual artists working in the world today, all while learning about the theory of relativity and the properties of a black hole.”

The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering and College of Education are jointly sponsoring the event, which is open to middle and high school students from Lubbock and a number of outlying school districts. Organizers reached out to school administrators in the fall to invite them to this event.

For more information on “Icarus,” watch the trailer, read a review or go to Brian Greene's website.

Covering the Performance

The performances will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the City Bank Auditorium. Because of the number of area students who are attending, these performances are not open to the public. However, interested media can attend either of the shows; photography is allowed, but no flash. To attend, email zaida.gracia@ttu.edu.

Interviews with Brian Greene

Greene also will be available for interviews. To reserve a seat or set up an interview with Greene, contact Zaida Gracia, assistant academic dean and director of special projects in the College of Engineering, at (806) 834-6184 or zaida.gracia@ttu.edu.

About Brian Greene

Brian Greene is a world-famous theoretical physicist who teaches at Columbia University. He is the co-founder of the World Science Festival in New York City and has written numerous nationally best-selling books, including “The Fabric of the Cosmos” and “The Elegant Universe.” He has been interviewed on “The Colbert Report” and the “Late Show With David Letterman” and discussed his book “The Hidden Reality” during a cameo on “The Big Bang Theory.” He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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