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Glass/Ginsberg: Hydrogen Jukebox

  • Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (map)

Utopia Opera presents the chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox by composer Philip Glass and beat poet Allen Ginsberg, premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 1990 and revived this September at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College. Of the opera, Ginsberg said:

"Ultimately, the motif of Hydrogen Jukebox, the underpinning, the secret message, secret activity, is to relieve human suffering by communicating some kind of enlightened awareness of various themes, topics, obsessions, neuroses, difficulties, problems, perplexities that we encounter as we end the millennium....The title Hydrogen Jukebox comes from a verse in the poem Howl: '...listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen jukebox....' It signifies a state of hypertrophic high-tech, a psychological state in which people are at the limit of their sensory input with civilization's military jukebox, a loud industrial roar, or a music that begins to shake the bones and penetrate the nervous system as a hydrogen bomb may do someday, reminder of apocalypse." —Allen Ginsberg

General admission tickets are $20; premium seating tickets are $30. For more information, click here.

Earlier Event: September 23
Glass/Ginsberg: Hydrogen Jukebox
Later Event: October 1
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