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SETTING SAIL
A Season's Journey 

Our Park Avenue Armory Debut

 
Thank you to all who joined us Sunday night at FringeArts for "Of Arms and the Man," our sold-out season opener at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  So many familiar faces and lots of new ones, and the room was so with us at every step.  We can't wait to share Ted's new piece Animals in New York and even further, so  last night we went into the studio and made a music video! Stay tuned.

This week, we're in New York for three sold-out shows at the Park Avenue Armory. The program is a rather remarkable journey that leads to a defining moment about our relationship to the Earth, with Pierre Joris' words set by Gabriel Jackson in  Rigwreck:

ship earth in space / space ship earth
the only raft for dumb sapiens
who has to learn to love
this imperfect raft
there is no alternate sail  

 
New Aniara Microsite

Our 'raft' has launched, and this season we head not just to New York several times, but also to Los Angeles, University of Notre Dame, Duke University, and Montana, culminating in Aniara: fragments of time and space. This choral-theater work explores our relationship to the Earth, to each other, and to the passage of time when hope is tossed into the emptiness of space. Developed over the course of three years with Helsinki's Klockriketeatern and composer Robert Maggio,  Aniara: fragments of time and space premieres June 2019 at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Learn more about this huge and ambitious show, glance at its libretto, take a look into the workshop process through videos, meet the team, and read blogs about the creative process at our new Aniara website, at the link above.

Major support for Aniara: fragments of time and space has been provided by
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
 
Keeping Up With The Crossing

One week in to the season, and there's a lot going on!  In case you missed it:



Previews

"Luminous and acute", we appear at the top of The New York Times " Classical Fall Preview", as well as on The New Yorker's " Fall Classical Music Preview" and WQXR's " Must See Classical Concerts This September"




 
"The Philadelphia-based super-choir The Crossing, which makes challenging modern music sound easy, delivers a cross-section of its world" -WQXR


"Happy Hour on the Fringe"

Ahead of our season opener  on Sunday  at FringeArts, Donald sat down for "happy hour" with Zach and Raina at the Fringe to chat about The Crossing, and record a podcast!

Click the picture to listen to their 30-minute conversation.

 Pre-Order ZEALOT CANTICLES
 
Zealot Canticles - our 15th CD! - will be available on 
all digital platforms starting September 28th.

Based on Wole Soyinka's "Twelve Canticles for the Zealot", this oratorio by Lansing McLoskey is a strangely beautiful and terrifying look into the minds of fanatics.

An extra special touch, the album artwork was drawn by Steven Bradshaw, a multitalented visual artist and singer in the tenor section.

Pre-order on Amazon at the link below!

 
Looking forward to seeing everyone in New York this week and at Peak Performances at Montclair on  September 29