SOUND FROM THE BENCH
Music by TED HEARNE | Based on text by JENA OSMAN | Conductor DONALD NALLY
Performed by THE CROSSING with Taylor Levine (guitar), James Moore (guitar), and Ron Wiltrout (percussion) Conductor Donald Nally
FEBRUARY 2ND, 2017
FEBRUARY 3RD, 2017
A single sentence from the Iraq War Logs, wealth distribution and privilege, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and the 2013 case of rape by high school students in Steubenville, Ohio: inspirations all for the music of Ted Hearne, among the most compelling and imaginative composers writing for voices today. Ted Hearne’s compositions transform challenging topics into works of art that are musically virtuosic, eclectic, and profoundly moving. With much of the program written specifically for the new music chamber choir The Crossing, the music is deftly rhythmic, harmonically complex, and hauntingly beautiful. The centerpiece of the program is Hearne’s Sound from the Bench, a setting of deft appropriations by Philadelphia poet Jena Osman which repurpose the words of ventriloquism handbooks and Supreme Court justices.
PRAISE FOR TED HEARNE
"ambitious, bewildering, stealthily shattering"
-The New York Times (on The Source)
“Ted is unrelenting about getting the right moments in his music. I love that.”
-Donald Nally, Conductor of The Crossing