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The Month of Moderns 3: Anonymous Man

  • Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill 8855 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19118 United States (map)

Anonymous Man (world premiere)
by Michael Gordon

Saturday, July 1 @ 8pm

Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Anonymous Man is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The text is drawn from real life—Gordon's experiences living in a changing neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife (the composer Julia Wolfe), raising a family, and especially encounters with two homeless men who lived across the street. The piece reaches a surprising epiphany—after the bombing of the neighboring World Trade Center, and a few years later when one of the homeless men dies and Gordon watches the outpouring of sympathy from the community—that evokes Lincoln's funeral train going through the streets of Manhattan, including Desbrosses. The interplay of personalities is beautifully rendered in music, springing from Michael’s conversations with the homeless men—serious, funny, mysterious, poetic, and mundane.

There will be a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance in Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chapel.

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