THE CROSSING with TAYLOR LEVINE (guitar), JAMES MOORE (guitar), and RON WILTROUT (percussion)
A single sentence from the Iraq War Logs, wealth distribution and privilege, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and the 2013 case of rape by high school students in Steubenville, Ohio: inspirations all for the music of Ted Hearne, among the most compelling and imaginative composers writing for voices today. Ted Hearne’s compositions transform challenging topics into works of art that are musically virtuosic, eclectic, and profoundly moving. With much of the program written specifically for the new music chamber choir The Crossing, the music is deftly rhythmic, harmonically complex, and hauntingly beautiful. Hearne’s Sound from the Bench is a setting of deft appropriations by Philadelphia poet Jena Osman which repurpose the words of ventriloquism handbooks and Supreme Court justices.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum (Boston, MA)
“Ted is unrelenting about getting the right moments in his music. I love that.”
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