The Month of Moderns 2018: A House

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill 8855 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
United States

"Through wisdom is a house built, and by understanding it is established..."

Rooted in the need to speak about our political environment, we usher in summer and our Month of Moderns festival with a concert of thought-provoking, timely music for strings, percussion, piano and choir.

David Lang, statement to the court (2011)
David Lang, a house (2016)
David Lang, just (after song of songs) (2016)
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, world premiere (*2018)
Alex Berko, Lincoln (2018)
Pēteris Vasks, The fruit of silence (2013)

Featuring several choral works of our friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang: “statement to the court”, written for The Crossing and based on the prophetic words of socialist Eugene Debs; “a house”, written for Northwestern University’s BCE and premiere by Donald in Chicago, which mirrors the building of a house in its musical construction; and “just (after song of songs)”, a thoughtful piece written for Paolo Sorrentino’s 2016 film “Youth”, which leaves us considering our relationships and lives. The concert also includes works by emerging composers: a world premiere by Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a Brooklyn-based composer and band leader of San Fermin; the professional premiere of Alex Berko's "Lincoln," setting the moving dedicatory inscription to The National Cathedral's Lincoln Bay statue; and The Crossing's premiere of Pēteris Vasks' popular, richly beautiful "The fruit of silence" for piano and choir, an iconic work from the 21st-century Latvian Renaissance.

Pre-concert talk at 7pm with Donald in the Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chapel.

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