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Seven Responses

A two-night event: Friday June 24, 2016, 8 pm and Saturday June 25, 8 pm @ Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 19 S 38th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Major funding provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with Quicksilver Baroque Orchestra, Robert Mealy, Director, and ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Claire Chase, Artistic Director


Dieterich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

Seven Responses to Buxtehude: seven 15-minute works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (Denmark), David T. Little (USA), Santa Ratniece (Latvia), Caroline Shaw (USA, Pulitzer 2013), Lewis Spratlan (USA, Pulitzer 2000), Hans Thomalla (Germany), Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland)

This entire work is presented over two nights @ The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral

Friday June 24, 2016, 8 pm

Buxtehude's Cantatas 1-4 (feet, knees, hands, and side) and the responses of David T. Little, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Caroline Shaw, and Hans Thomalla

Saturday June 25, 2016, 8 pm

Buxtehude's Cantatas 5-7 (breast, heart, and face) and the responses of Lewis Spratlan, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Santa Ratniece

Continuing and expanding its role as a curator of new music, The Crossing embarks on its largest project yet: Seven Responses. Seven of the world’s foremost composers are composing fifteen minute musical responses to Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, an iconic sacred work of the German Baroque consisting of seven cantatas. The Crossing will perform the new works in repertory with Buxtehude’s 17th-c. work with two leading ensembles in their respective fields of performance: Robert Mealy’s Quicksilver Baroque and Claire Chase’s ICE. Seven Responses will challenge artists and audiences alike to explore our relative distance from, or closeness to, music across centuries, cultures, and continents. The project will be presented over two evenings, alternating between old and new works throughout each evening.

With pre-concert talks from Buxtehude scholar Kerala Johnson Snyder at 7pm.

Earlier Event: June 15
The Fifth Century
Later Event: July 8
Jeff Quartets