Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Merkin Concert Hall

Photo by: Rebecca Oehlers

Above: The Crossing

Seven Responses

The Crossing

International Contemporary Ensemble

Quicksilver (Mostly Mozart debut)

Donald Nally


In 1680, Dieterich Buxtehude created a choral meditation exploring the body of Christ. Centuries later, an eclectic group of today’s composers respond to the seven cantatas’ eternal themes with transcendent choral works of their own. The full project will be presented over two separate concerts featuring The Crossing, a chamber choir regarded as “something of a miracle” itself (Philadelphia Inquirer).

For the first part of this two-concert experience, enter a unique spiritual and musical world with acclaimed American opera composer David T. Little (Dog Days, Soldier Songs); Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose richly textured, enigmatic music was the center of an International Contemporary Ensemble program at the 2014 Festival; the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Caroline Shaw; and the German-born, Chicago-based composer Hans Thomalla, recognized for his erudite imagination.

Part 2 takes place on Sunday, August 21 at 7:00 and features responses by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Santa Ratniece, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lewis Spratlan.

You can purchase a ticket to both performances for just $50. To get the deal, select one performance to buy. Add the second when prompted and use code ICE7.*

Performed in the original languages with English supertitles

“One of the new-music events of the year.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Original support for Seven Responses was provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

This program is approximately two hours long, including intermission.

*This offer is non-transferable. Offer valid through 8/20/16 at 11:59 pm. Offer not valid on lowest priced tickets. Program, artists, dates, and prices subject to change. This offer is subject to availability and may be revoked at any time. May not be combined with any other offers or discounts; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final—no refunds or exchanges.