World Premiere/Walker Commission
“Some of the most expressive socially engaged music in recent memory—from any genre.” —Pitchfork
The lush, stingingly true poetry of Dorothea Lasky has inspired composer Ted Hearne’s new theatrical song cycle, igniting hearts and minds with ferocity and grace. With frank observations of the everyday intertwined with revelatory maneuverings of his own voice, Hearne’s music—a smart mélange of traditional and contemporary tonalities with an accessible pop sheen—is backed by a quintet of in-demand musicians. This intimate 12-song suite engages audiences in a complicated, loving meditation on the personal and domestic, while savoring the depths of the wildness within. Intensifying the performance is real-time installation by conceptual artist Rachel Perry (shown above: Perry’s Blue Falling, 2019) and stage direction by Daniel Fish.
Copresented by the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series.
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