It’s an orchestral performance like you have never heard before.

In the lead up to the World Science Festival, held later this month in Brisbane, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra had a practice run for their part in the event, a performance of Stanley Kubrick’s seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Not only will the the score be performed live by the orchestra, they will be accompanied by the Australian Voices choir.

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk said the World Science Festival Brisbane program will feature the best minds in science, technology, engineering and maths, alongside philosophers, authors, strategists and journalists to highlight cutting-edge science, ground breaking discoveries and technological innovation in our changing world. 

“World Science Festival Brisbane also showcases Queensland’s own scientific leaders and the amazing contributions they are making on the global stage,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Queensland Museum Network Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the World Science Festival Brisbane will be a fun, educational and interactive showcase of science and its multitude of applications.

“From astronauts to veterinarians, some of the world’s top scientists and innovators are gearing up to head to Queensland for a five day celebration of science that encompasses everything from debates, theatre performances, interactive exhibitions and activities, lectures and explosive science shows,” Professor Miller said.  

“The festival’s engaging theatrical programs will explore the nexus between science and the performing arts by illuminating the ‘hard’ stuff — black holes, the universe and particle physics — using music, theatre, story and design. 

The festival is being held from March 22 to 26. 

What do you think of this orchestral version of 2001: A Space Odyssey?