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Seven Responses at Mostly Mozart

A two-concert event: Sunday, August 21 @ 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St, New York, NY 10036

with Quicksilver Baroque Orchestra, Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Co-Directors, 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 concerts @ Merkin Concert Hall.


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


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 in two concerts, alternating between old and new works throughout each concert.

Major funding for Seven Responses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from an anonymous supporter, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music, Debra Reinhard and Pamela Prior, and Eric Owens.