BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

The Hubble Cantata / Tigue



Composer Paola Prestini and collaborators transport us through the cosmos with a powerful combination of music, science, and virtual reality.


Aug 6, 2016





Prospect Park Bandshell (2020)
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States
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  • Photo: Hubble Space Telescope

  • Tigue

    Photo: Jaime Boddorff

In order to have the best viewing experience, audience members should download the "Fistful of Stars" app by Wemersive Inc. before arriving at the performance. After downloading the app, open it and follow the instructions to download the movie (300MB). Please, complete these steps BEFORE you get to the Bandshell, but no peeking at the movie!



World Premiere

Unique and ravishingly beautiful, THE HUBBLE CANTATA fuses a major musical performance—featuring a 20-piece ensemble, a 100 person choir, and two Metropolitan Opera stars—with a virtual reality experience amidst a 360-degree sound installation. A portion of the work composed by Paola Prestini, features a virtual reality experience by Eliza McNitt, which will take the audience on a journey inside of the Orion Nebula to reveal the cosmic connections between humans and the stars. The stunning visuals—combined with performances by Nathan Gunn, Jessica Rivera, the Norwegian string orchestra 1B1, NOVUS NY, The Washington Chorus, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus—will make for a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Cardboard VR headsets will be given out on site.

The innovative trio TIGUE opens: half new music ensemble, half art-rock band, they unite a homegrown ethos and conservatory precision to create something magical. The group’s debut album Peaks (New Amsterdam Records, 2015) is “an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, post-rock and drone music.” (New York Music Daily).

Come by the Bandshell early to talk about all things space with former NASA astronaut MICHAEL MASSIMINO, the author of the upcoming book Spaceman, and the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, who will be on site for the evening!

The Hubble Cantata:  
Nathan Gunn and Jessica Rivera
1B1, NOVUS NY, The Washington Chorus, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Film by Eliza McNitt
Conductor Julian Wachner
Astrophysicist, narrator, and advisor Dr. Mario Livio
Jess Engel, Virtual Reality producer, developed in association with Virtualize

Visual Effects by The Endless Collective
360 Sound Design by Arup
Todd Bryant, Creative Technologist
Photography by Sasha Arutyunova, featuring Rufus Collins and Wendy Whelan

Produced by VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust
Produced in association with Beth Morrison Projects
Commissioned by VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust

Original commission by Bay Chamber Concerts for A New Frontier 2013

The Hubble Cantata is supported in part by generous individual donors, Time Warner Inc. in collaboration with 150, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Venue Information:

The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.

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