Film screening: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Following sell-out successes in 2010 and 2011, Southbank Centre presents Stanley Kubrick's seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey with live music.
Conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch, the enormous forces of Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices join together to perform the film's extraordinary soundtrack, as live accompaniment to a screening in Royal Festival Hall.
Long recognised as one of the greatest science fiction works of all time and a landmark work of the 1960s, the film is celebrated for its technological realism, its innovative Oscar®-winning special effects and a bold use of music. It brought worldwide fame to both Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra and the music of Gyorgy Ligeti. It also created one of cinema's most memorable images as a spaceship floats serenely through space to the strains of Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz.
Presented by Southbank Centre in association with the BFI (British Film Institute), with support from Warner Bros.Performers
Benjamin Wallfisch conductor