‘the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’ – Alex Ross

The RSNO returns to Sonica Glasgow 2024 with the Scottish premiere of John Luther Adams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean, an ebbing and flowing sonic journey and a meditation on the vast, mysterious tides of existence. Arpeggios rise and fall through sumptuously dark sound; we swim towards shimmering light and the blinding light of monumentally towering icebergs – before a great wave of swirling, rumbling turbulence pulls us down and under and inwards once more. In Adam’s words: ‘As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean.’ Responding to the music in real time, Alba G. Corral paints detailed, large-scale kaleidoscopic digital landscapes for a truly immersive experience.

Supported by Institut Ramon Llull.