In Plain Air

Christ Church Preservation Trust



Opus 150, 1:16 model. Photo courtesy of C.B. Fisk, Inc.


Christ Church. Photo by JJ Tiziou.


Phyllis Chen. Photo courtesy of the artist.


International Contemporary Ensemble. Photo by Carrie Schneider.


Nathan Davis. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Christ Church Preservation Trust will mark the installation of a new, custom-built pipe organ in historic Christ Church with the commission of a new work by composers Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen, who are members of the New York-based, highly acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Working in collaboration with the church’s director of music and organist Parker Kitterman, the composers will draw on the nearly 300-year history of Christ Church’s buildings, grounds, and instruments to create a composition in four movements. The performance by Kitterman and 12 members of ICE will guide audiences across the entire church campus, including a section of Independence National Historical Park. The work will employ a variety of instruments and technology, such as the church’s mechanically controlled bell carillon, the Benjamin Franklin-designed glass armonica, piano, wind and string instruments, and digitally manipulated sounds played through audience members’ cell phones. The piece will culminate in the church sanctuary with a movement that places the new pipe organ at its center. Documentation of the composers’ site visits and experimentations with the church bells and organ will be presented as a multimedia exhibition at Christ Church Neighborhood House and online.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.