"Awakenings: Contemporary Expressions of Nature and Spirit" is a concert of contemporary chamber music that features the works of George Crumb, John Luther Adams and Thomas Osborne. The program nods to the chapel's ethos with music dedicated to experiences that are both spiritually intimate and universal. The works chosen evoke the sensual extremes associated with natural phenomena and diverse meditative practices, complementing Mark Rothko's canvases.
The concert will open with the world premiere of Thomas Osborne's Dreams of Sky and Sea, written for soprano, piano and percussion, set to verses by Korean poet Kim Sowol. Alaskan composer John Luther Adams' delirious and otherworldly Red Arc, Blue Veil is scored for vibraphone, crotales, piano and processed electronic sounds. The program is anchored by George Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III). Scored for a quartet of musicians on two pianos and percussion instruments, this resonant work brings together a broad spectrum of compositional styles and techniques, ranging from the ancient to the avant-garde.
Performers include: soprano Tracy Rhodus Satterfield, percussionists Craig Hauschildt and Luke Hubley and pianists Rodney Waters and Michael Zuraw.