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The Crossing: Month of Moderns I -- Seneca Sounds

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

Month of Moderns I: Seneca Sounds
Sunday, June 5, 2011 4:00 PM
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Gabriel Jackson: According to Seneca (world premiere)
        Come meet Gabriel at the concert!
Ingram Marshall: Savage Altars
David Lang: Again
Mark Winges: The Assembling Landscape
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Igen

Month of Moderns opens Sunday, June 5 with a commissioned premiere of Gabriel Jackson for Seneca Sounds (our central theme for this year’s Month of Moderns). Drawing a parallel to the temporal aspects of Seneca's writing, we introduce two works based on Ecclesiastes (both bearing the same title): Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Igen (2006), and American Pulitzer Prize laureate David Lang's Again (2006) and give the area premiere of Ingram Marshall's astounding reaction to war using ancient Roman texts in his Savage Altars. Mark Winges (resident composer at Volti in San Francisco - the only other professional ensemble in the USA dedicated to new works) further expands our ideas about choral music with The Assembling Landscape (2008), a wordless, lush, pointillistic and moving work that dispenses of text entirely.

Month of Moderns continues June 18 with world premieres of Kamran Ince and Kile Smith and concludes June 26 with a world premiere of Eriks Esenvalds.

Come. Hear. Now
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