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New York, NY—Excerpts from Canticles of the Holy Wind
April 14, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm$20 – $80
The April 14 program combines medieval and contemporary repertoires, ranging from 9th-century Byzantine chant to 21st-century minimalism. Two distinct halves depict the parallel sacred journey of the natural world, and the human race that lives within it.
In the first half, Lorelei flits between the pseudo-sacred texts of medieval English song, John Luther Adams’ transcendent evocations of birdsong excerpted from Canticles of the Holy Wind and Maggi Payne’s powerful yet isolated Desertscapes.
The second half, So We Must Make the Journey, invokes mercy and strength, as Lorelei explores the breadth and depth of human loss and weakness. Chant by Byzantine abbess Kassia sets the stage for Yuri Yukachev’s multi-movement My Heart is Ready on Psalms of David. Punctuated by Daniel Schlosberg’s neo-Baroque setting of naturalist Heinrich von Kleist, the program comes full circle with a return to the natural world in David Lang’s deconstructionist creation story evening morning day, as Pavel Chesnokov’s Salvation is Created seeks to close the gap between this world and the next.