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Gregory Spears THE TOWER AND THE GARDEN (New York Premiere)

  • Church of St. Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (at Christopher Street) New York, NY, 10014 United States (map)

In a nationwide collaboration with The Crossing, Volti, and Notre Dame Vocale, Mark Shapiro conducts Cantori New York in the New York premiere of a joint commission from Gregory Spears. Exploring the search for truth amidst the uncertainty of the modern world, Spears's three-movement work sets poems by Denise Levertov, Thomas Merton, and Keith Garabian. Garabian does homage to gay rights activist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, whose cottage (and garden) hung precariously between a nuclear power plant and the sea. With string quartet. Opulent choral settings by Irish composers Stanford and Victory open the program.