Alan Alda and Brian Greene will host the 2012 World Science Festival’s 5th anniversary gala celebration, entitled A Performing Arts Salute to Science, to be held at The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30pm.
In addition, Festival co-founder Brian Greene will conduct two rarely-seen-in-public Physics experiments: the “Quantum Levitation” and “Double-Slit” experiments.
The 2012 World Science Festival, running May 30-June 3, presents more than 50 events, performances, lectures and special exhibitions, at venues throughout New York City.
Among the highlights will be a presentation of Icarus at the Edge of Time, at the United Palace Theatre, on Wednesday, May 30, at 7pm. This full-orchestral work with animated film and live narration tbrings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding.
Icarus is adapted by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang from Greene’s young people’s book of the same title and features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, a film directed by Al+Al, narration by LeVar Burton, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Brad Lubman.