world premieres from Gregory Spears and James Primosch

Saturday, October 27 @ 8pm
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Pre-concert talk with Donald, Gregory, James, and Joel @ 7pm

Are we called today to pacifism or activism? 
What do we protect, the integrity of capitalism  or the health of the community?

These questions lie at the root of poems by Thomas Merton, Denise Levertov, and Keith Garebian. Set by Gregory Spears in a new 30-minute work for strings and choir,
The Tower and The Garden
they also ask us to consider the relationship between technological innovation and its dangers that often lead to haunting sociological change. 
                  Also on the program: 

The world premiere of Philadelphia composer James Primosch's Carthage , which sets an excerpt from Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, an exploration of the balancing effect of desire and longing on our lives; and two additional works written for The Crossing,  Toivo Tulev's A child said, what is the grass?   and Joel Puckett's dizzying, entrancing I enter the earth .

The Tower and The Garden original artwork by The Crossing tenor Steven Bradshaw,

The commissioning of Gregory Spears' The Tower and The Garden by Cantori New York, The Crossing, Notre Dame Vocale, and Volti was made possible by the support of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music
Upcoming Broadcasts

Photo_ Luke Carpenter
Rediscover Month of Moderns on WRTI this October

Tune in to  WRTI the next 2 weekends to catch broadcasts from this year's Month of Moderns, our 8th annual festival of new music.

Broadcasts will be Sunday, October 21 and 28, 
at 4pm on 90.1FM or online at

 Zealot Canticles -- NOW AVAILABLE

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.

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