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47From The Crossing’s newsletter:

2 New Works of Kile Smith; The Crossing on WRTI

– The first concert of the 2014/15 season, with a new work by Kile Smith
– MoM III: 2014 on WRTI this Sunday
– Another new work from Kile Smith
– Two archival recordings from MoM II: 2010 released
– Secure your seats; buy your tickets for the season online now

Kile Smith: The Consolation of Apollo (world premiere)
David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 8pm
Institute for Advanced Study
1 Einstein Dr, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 5pm
The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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David Lang’s minimalist passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, has become a Crossing signature work – immediate, stark, beautiful, it contemplates the value of recognizing the suffering of others. Lang’s work is so iconic, we commissioned a companion piece from Kile Smith whose libretto offers an unlikely, brilliant pairing: Boethius’ sixth-century musings on man and beast, and transcripts of the historic Christmas Eve 1968 broadcast of Apollo 8 astronauts reading Genesis. Smith considers in music what we are and what we can be, how the earthbound free their imagination in flight.

Donald notes, “We challenged Kile in mixing the poetic musings of Boethius with the banter of astronauts steering their craft to get a better view of …well, of us. His musical response is so imaginative – and surprisingly spatial and lyrical – it’s as if he was with those pioneers floating 239,000 miles from the earth and witnessing the first earthrise. You must hear it to believe it.”

with generous support from Eric Owens, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, The Chestnut Hill Community Fund, and the Edward T. Cone Concert Series at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study

The Crossing on WRTI
Month of Moderns 2014: 3
October 5, 3:30 PM EST

Tune in this Sunday from 3:30-5:00 PM EST on 90.1 WRTI for the broadcast of our third concert from this year’s Month of Moderns festival. On July 12th, we joined forces with PRISM Saxophone Quartet for an eclectic, kaleidoscopic program featuring a long-awaited world premiere from British composer Gavin Bryars.

The concert also included works by Monteverdi, Stratis Minakakis, and Tõnu Kõrvits, and took place in the extraordinary acoustic of the Icebox at Crane Arts in Northern Liberties. The broadcast is hosted by Donald, and can be heard live here!

PRISM Quartet warms up in The Icebox
PRISM warms up in The Icebox

May Day – Kile Smith and Ryan Eckes
We recently received another new work from Kile Smith, May Day. This work, commissioned in collaboration with the J.S. Jenks School in Chestnut Hill, will be premiered by The Crossing and the 4th- and 5th- graders of the Jenks School on April 18, 2015. This project continues to be a great privilege and joy; we hope you’ll join us in supporting new music and the next generation of musicians.

Read more about Kile’s new work on his website.
For more information on this concert, visit our website.

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