As we approach year's end, The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns looks back on the past 12 months in music and finds that Philadelphia has been moving steadily toward the cutting edge.
The city’s year in classical music started with the John Cage Beyond Silence Festival and a new opera titled Wolf in Skins with a stage full of animal/human hybrids. 2013 ends with the U.S. Premiere of a major choral work by Wolfgang Rihm, Germany's greatest but most complicated composer.
Composer Santa Ratniece speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns.
Donald Nally conducts the first in a three-concert series recorded live in June. The Gulf (between you and me), a major project that has taken years of planning, brings together composers, a poet, an artist, and a variety of musicians from Japan and America to join The Crossing in exploring a particular theme: how we seem to hear what the earth is saying to us with the same, sad inability with which we often listen to those we most love.
Tune in on Sunday, July 14 at 4 pm to hear the first concert in the series, recorded June 15th at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.
And did you catch The Crossing's performance with The Rolling Stones on June 23rd?
July 14 Program: Gene Coleman: Water of the Last Moment (world premiere) Santa Ratniece: Chu Dal (Silent Water, 2008) Tamar Diesendruck: Other Floods (2010)
With special guests Toshimaru Nakamura& Ko Ishikawa
Philadelphia composer Gene Coleman’s musical language is at times experimental, at other times minimal, often drawing on Japanese influences, improvisation, extended techniques, and Gene’s interest in architecture and structure to create a rich and unique sound world.
Composer Santa Ratniece has recently become one of the most important female composers in Latvia, creating some of the richest landscapes in choral music. Her works describe the deepest lakes, the bluest skies, the quietest plains in a kaleidoscope of sounds that both connects us to the subject and magnifies our distance from it.
Composer Tamar Diesendruck offers a transparent view of deconstructionism. Her setting of Giuseppe Ungaretti’sbrief words moves from a fragmented landscape to a lush harmonic fullness as the words themselves fall together to reveal, ”I am illumined by immensity."