The Crossing presents Seven Responses

24 - 25 Jun 2016
8pm
The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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The Crossing performs John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind at the Crane Arts Center Icebox. Photo by Rebecca Oehlers.

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The Crossing performs John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind at the Crane Arts Center Icebox. Photo by Rebecca Oehlers.

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The Crossing performs James Dillon's Nine Rivers at Miller Theater, Columbia University. Photo courtesy of The Crossing.

The Crossing has commissioned 15-minute musical responses by seven leading composers, each created in response to 17th-century composer Dieterich Buxtehude's Jesu Membra Nostri, a series of seven short German Baroque cantatas that address the body of Jesus Christ. In these performances, The Crossing choir will perform alongside Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble, two leading ensembles in their respective fields. Composers include Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, David T. Little, Santa Ratniece, Caroline Shaw, Lewis Spratlan, Hans Thomalla, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Supported by the Center, Seven Responses will challenge artists and audiences alike to explore our relative distance from, or closeness to, music across centuries, cultures, and continents. The project will be presented over two evenings, alternating between old and new works throughout each evening.

Friday June 24, 8 p.m.
Buxtehude's Cantatas 1-4 (feet, knees, hands, and side) and the responses of David T. Little, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Caroline Shaw, and Hans Thomalla

Saturday June 25, 8 p.m.
Buxtehude's Cantatas 5-7 (breast, heart, and face) and the responses of Lewis Spratlan, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Santa Ratniece.

References
Seven Responses project website