THE LIFE SYMPHONY
Frans Lanting’s LIFE: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME is a multimedia symphony that celebrates the splendor of life on Earth. It features the imagery of Frans Lanting dynamically choreographed to the music of composer Philip Glass. Each of Lanting’s photographs was envisioned to provide a window in time, enabling viewers to imagine what planet Earth looked like in different eras, as new forms of life arose. The resulting performance is a spectacular and emotionally charged journey through time from the Big Bang to the present in one hour of continuous music and imagery.
The World Premiere of LIFE was presented by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, under the baton of Marin Alsop. It has been performed more than two dozen times in major concert halls including New York’s Lincoln Center and the Barbican in London, and for special occasions including the inauguration ceremony for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, and the World Wildlife Fund’s 50th Anniversary gala at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, attended by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.
The LIFE Symphony was produced by the Cabrillo Festival in collaboration with Frans Lanting and his partner Christine Eckstrom, composer Philip Glass, music director Marin Alsop, and choreographer Alexander V. Nichols. The Festival commissioned a score from Philip Glass which consists of seven sections adapted from works originally composed for smaller ensembles or solo instruments, and presented for the first time for full orchestra in arrangements by Michael Riesman.