The Kennedy Center

Marco Capalbo


Marco Capalbo (sound designer and composer) has directed film, theatre, opera and music. His most recent documentary film Stravinsky in Hollywood was produced for Arte in 2014. Stage productions include: John Eaton’s opera The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Symphony Space, New York; Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Helicopter String Quartet for the opening of Red Bull’s Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport. Compositions include: recently… (2013), Le Greygnour Bien: a Pendant to Rodney Graham’s Three Musicians (2015), and In the Vast Wave of the World’s Breath (2014).

Upcoming Performances

Video 2/24/2019: Lena Herzog: Last Whispers

Last Whispers is a multi-media event. A video / audio installation and a virtual reality experience—an immersive oratorio—dedicated to the extinction of languages.

"A very haunting and singular experience.” —Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker magazine and author of The Rest Is Noise

A Sundance Film Festival 2019 New Frontier special feature, Last Whispers 7 min VR, will be projected to the audience after the 46 min video / audio installation. This multi-media event will be followed by a panel discussion.

In Lena Herzog’s oratorio, image and sound are poetically linked through 3D animation, drone video footage, and still images in black and white. Composed of historical linguistic recordings punctuated by the sound of collapsing stars, Last Whispers is a chorus of extinct and endangered languages, both spoken and sung. This U.S. premiere is presented in partnership with the The Smithsonian as part of the Millennium Stage program series—at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Last Whispers was created in collaboration with The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme and The SOAS World Languages Institute, SOAS, University of London, and the participation of The Smithsonian, The Rosetta Project as well as other major world language archives.

Free general admission tickets--up to two per person—will be distributed in the States Gallery, beginning at 5 p.m.

Feb 24 - Marco Capalbo