The Crossing--Month of Moderns 1: works for choir and strings
Date: June 22, 2010
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Month of Moderns I: works for choir and strings
with the Philadelphia Virtuosi; Daniel Spalding, Director
In Concert at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill - Directions
Sunday June 27, 4pm
We return to the music of Bo Holten in Tallis Variations (1976 – a piece of ancient music by Crossing standards), demonstrating his extraordinary understanding of textures – both of today, in the string orchestra, and of yesterday, in voices recalling the 16th-c. music of Thomas Tallis. Philadelphia composer Benjamin CS Boyle’s brilliant Cantata: To One in Paradise, on words of Edgar Allen Poe, uses an old structure in new and virtuosic ways. Pärt, the father of 'spiritual minimalism', offers here a provocatively haunting and introspective interpretation of Psalm 121 (I will lift up my eyes to the hills), painting a barren landscape from which emerges the chanted text as a foundation. The profound, calm, ecstasy of Tavener’s mature musicfor women and strings in The Bridegroom (1999) is like one, long, exhale. This concert’s central work is the first of our Levine Project – three new works commissioned by The Crossing on words of Philip Levine: David Lang’s new work for us, Statement to the Court, promises to be a substantial addition to the repertoire.
Bo Holten: Tallis Variations (1977)
Benjamin CS Boyle: Cantata: To One in Paradise (2005)
Arvo Pärt: Pilgrim's Song - Psalm 121 (2001)
John Tavener: The Bridegroom (1999)
David Lang: Commissioned World Premiere: Statement to the Court - The Levine Project
This project has been supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.
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