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The Month of Moderns 2015

  • The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill 8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

MoM I: Only memory of forgetting Joel Puckett world premiere: I enter the earth 

Laura Ward, piano

Joel Puckett: I enter the earth
William Brooks: in memoriam reducere studemus
Matthew BrownAnother Lullaby for Insomniacs
Michael GilbertsonWhere the Words go
David ShapiroA Century of Aprils

An extraordinary colorist, Joel is setting words of a !Kung shaman describing the dance trance of a healing ritual in which song gives power.  In William Brooks' setting of Pierre Joris’ poem about the death of Anton Webern, in memoriam reducere studemus, we again ponder life - the here and after - while Matthew Brown’s setting of the wistful Another Lullaby for Insomniacs is very much about the here and now: loss and longing pervade.

supported by Chorus America's Dale Warland Singers Commission Award - awarded to The Crossing and Joel Puckett in 2013