VOICES OF THE EARTH

May 23, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall
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Program

Michael GORDON: Natural History

Julia WOLFE: Anthracite Fields

Artists

Teddy Abrams, conductor

Steiger Butte Singers of Chiloquin, Oregon

Bang on a Can All-Stars
May Festival Chorus

May Festival Youth Chorus

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Venue

Music Hall

What's Interesting

Celebrating the natural wonders of earth and the perseverance of miners in Pennsylvania coal country, this program reflects both the beauty and tragedy of humanity’s relationship with our planet. Natural History is a collaboration between composer Michael Gordon and the Steiger Butte Singers. Written and commissioned to mark the centennial of the National Park System, the piece poses the question: If Crater Lake National Park were a symphony, what would it sound like? The result is a surround-sound celebration of nature and the park’s spiritual connection to the surrounding community. In contrast, Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields is a haunting and powerful oratorio that captures not only the sadness of lives lost in the anthracite coal fields at the turn of the 20th century, but a way of daily life now also lost. The Bang on a Can All-Stars lend their ferocity to this profound work alongside the May Festival Chorus.

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