Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man
our Chicago debut
Residency at the Bienen School of Music March 13-16
Concert Friday March 16 at 7.30pm
Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
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Michael Gordon’s Anonymous Man (Midwest premiere)
Gabriel Jackson’s Rigwreck (Midwest premiere)
Anonymous Man (premiered July 2017) is a concert-length work from Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon. The text is drawn from real life—Gordon's experiences living in a changing neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, meeting his future wife (the composer Julia Wolfe), raising a family, and especially his encounters with two homeless men who lived across the street. The journey includes personal accounts of September 11, the death of one of the homeless men, and the outpouring of sympathy from the community following that loss, finally reaching an epiphany that evokes Lincoln's funeral train arriving on Desbrosses Street, the first stop on its visit to the streets of Manhattan. The interplay of personalities is beautifully rendered in music, springing from Michael’s conversations with the homeless men—serious, funny, mysterious, poetic, and mundane.
With Gabriel Jackson’s dramatic setting of Pierre Joris’ poem – a study on the power of money – Rigwreck; for this virtuosic work, the Crossing is joined by the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE).
This is the tale of two
One life inside, the other one, outside
© 2017 Benoît Trimborn. All rights reserved.
Art used by kind permission of Benoit Trimborn and Hugo Galerie, New York.