Long awaited, much anticipated.
These words are overused in the new-music world, for sure, but not this time. Tuesday night we dove into Gavin Bryars' new 40-minute work written for The Crossing and PRISM saxophone quartet. It is beautiful. It is profound. It is a major contribution to the repertoire. We are grateful. Gavin chose texts from Thomas Traherne's amazingly modern 17th-century work Centuries of Meditations, focusing on the author's fantastic ideas on "eternity." He was deep into his preparation for the work when we lost Jeff Dinsmore, and he requested the work be dedicated to Jeff; that mark can be felt throughout.
Hear the women of The Crossing perform Bryars' Two Love Songs from our first Month of Moderns concert.
MoM III: World Premiere
Saturday July 12 at 7pm (Note early start)
At The Icebox at Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street
plenty of parking across the street
Read the full Festival program here.
Looking for something to do before the concert?
photo courtesy of Becky Oehlers Photography
MoM II: 3 world premieres / endless applause!
We returned to the Icebox for the first time since September with MoM II -- commissioned works of Robert Maggio, James Primosch, and Frances White, each received with warmth and generous applause from our audience filling the venue. And why not? The composers themselves generously offered insightful, atmospheric parts of themselves in these three substantial works. Read The Philadelphia Inquirer review here.
We're in the homestretch -- help make it happen
While most arts groups are shuttering up for the summer recess, we're going strong with MoM III around the corner, and TWO recordings following....oh, and then there's the John Luther Adams world premiere at Lincoln Center July 25/26. We need your help to close a small monetary gap that will get us from here to there. Please consider a generous donation now.
Happy 4th of July from The Crossing!