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October 2022

Boston, MA—Liz Gerring Dance Company with the JACK Quartet: Harbor

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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$20 – $30

The New York-based Liz Gerring Dance Company debuts “Harbor,” a world premiere evening-length performance artfully combining movement, live music, and poetic illumination. Featuring a newly commissioned string quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, Gerring’s dancers are joined live onstage by the intrepid JACK Quartet. In Harbor, Gerring’s choreographic style–muscular athleticism combined with elegant formalism–mirrors the possibilities of the string quartet: ensemble, solos, duets, trios, with the performers’ personalities as individual as the instrumental voices. The choreography embodies the…

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March 2023

Brugge, Belgium—Become ocean (Belgian Premiere)

March 17, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Concertgebouw Brugge, ‘t Zand 34
Brugge, 8000 Belgium
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Kris Defoort, Human voices only (Belgian premiere) Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 John Luther Adams, Become ocean (Belgian premiere) Human voices only, written in 2014, is the first orchestral work by Belgian composer and avant-garde jazz pianist Kris Defoort. He found his inspiration for this piece in Morocco: “I was on a flat roof during Ramadan and everywhere I heard these chants, infinite melodies that consist of only a few notes but with immeasurable variations.…

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Chicago, IL—Proximity (World Premiere)

March 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Opera House, 20 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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Proximity is a gripping, powerful trio of new works that confronts head-on some of the greatest challenges affecting us as a society: yearning for connection in a world driven by technology; the devastating impact of gun violence on cities and neighborhoods; and the need to respect and protect our natural resources. As the story zooms in and out from the individual to the community to the cosmic, we find ourselves in a compelling snapshot of 21st-century life, with all of…

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Philadelphia, PA—Vespers of the Blessed Earth (World Premiere)

March 30, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Verizon Hall, 300 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor The Crossing Donald Nally Artistic Director J.L. Adams Vespers of the Blessed Earth (world premiere—Philadelphia Orchestra commission) Stravinsky The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky’s vivid reflection on ancient pagan rituals, still astounds more than a century after its riotous Parisian premiere. John Luther Adams’s Vespers of the Blessed Earth references humanity’s impact on the Earth. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The music I’m writing now is an expression of grief and faith in…

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May 2023

New York, NY—Become River (NY Premiere)

May 26, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St.
New York, NY 10023 United States
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The Chelsea Symphony, in collaboration with composer Shuying Li, presents Li’s World Map concertos, featuring members of the Four Corners Ensemble in all new orchestrations of the concertos for chamber orchestra. Originally written for and recorded by the Four Corners Ensemble, each concerto journeys to a different country or region around the world, highlighting the diverse backgrounds of each featured musician. The evening opens with a new work by Aaron Dai and closes with John Luther Adams’s Become River, bringing…

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June 2023

New York, NY—Become Desert (New York Premiere)

June 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023 United States
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$53 – $187

PROGRAM TO INCLUDE Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Takemitsu I hear the water dreaming John Luther Adams Become Desert (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) Britten’s Four Sea Interludes depicts foreboding ocean moods and a vicious storm. Takemitsu’s I hear the water dreaming, featuring Principal Flute Robert Langevin as soloist, portrays the role of water in an Australian aboriginal myth. John Luther Adams’s Become Desert dramatizes one…

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