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Elainie Lillios, Night Sky
Thursday, October 20, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until Sunday, October 23, 2022
Join composer Elainie Lillios on October 7, 2022, for the debut of her newest sound and light composition, Night Sky, at the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. In celebration of the Skyspace’s 10th anniversary, Night Sky will be presented every evening through October 23, after the sunset light sequence, from the structure’s embedded sound and light system. The experience is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required.
Lillios presents a meditative sonic journey in response to the iconic Turrell work situated on Rice’s campus. “I was struck by the peacefulness of the Skyspace and how it provides an inclusive, contemplative haven for the greater Houston community,” Lillois said. “The structure also communicates a vastness of space and the solidity of the earth and I wanted to reflect all of those elements in my piece.”
Following this line of inspiration, Lillois’s composition also incorporates the poem Night Sky by Don Bogen. Through a narrative that juxtaposes the starry, ever-expanding universe with the author’s fixed presence on earth, the poem offers a tender reflection on the loss of a loved one. Lillios integrates Bogen’s poem into her soundscape in a manner that reflects and enhances the text while simultaneously forming a connection between the twilight of life and the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.