Month of Moderns III
At the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Gabriel Jackson: The Gulf (world premiere)
Santa Ratniece: Saline (Salt Lakes, 2006)
John Cage: Four 2 (1992)
After his visit during MoM 2011, the singers of The Crossing were so enamored of British composer Gabriel Jackson that we set about engaging this internationally-recognized composer for a very special event. Gabriel will compose the third and final installment of Pierre Joris’s poem cycle for The Gulf (between you and me); this promises to be an important evening for The Crossing, as we sing in Gabriel’s thoroughly engaging musical language..
To round out our introduction of Santa Ratniece’s work, Saline sonically explores the depths and thoughts of a great salt lake; her expansive compositional mind offers an unimaginably creative, emotional description. And, finally, the season closes as we began, with a late work of great beauty by that controversial patriarch of modern and postmodern music, John Cage.