SEASON 1 - DEBUT

Transfiguration

Venue: The Platform
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Intersection's program, Transfiguration, included Estonian, American, British and Russian composers. Only one piece in the program had ever been performed before in Nashville - Arvo Pärt's Frates, which exists in many forms and was featured in the film There Will Be Blood. What rings true with the selected compositions is the sense of chaos and struggle as a necessary component of metamorphosis. Without conflict, we cannot move into a new existence or reach that higher plane. The music is visceral, energetic and not easily contained. Jonathan Harvey’s Valley of Aosta was inspired by a J.M.W. Turner painting of the same name, which depicts a snowstorm, avalanche and thunderstorm. A virtuosic explosion of energy, the piece captures the experience of furious nature as an essential element of transcendence and includes unusual musical techniques such as two harps and two synthesizers each tuned a quarter-step apart. These performances were only the second time that the Harvey had been performed in the United States. New Dialect worked collaboratively with Intersection to present new choreography to two pieces on the program, and Zeitgeist Gallery contributed visual elements created specifically for Intersection.

Program

Part: Fratres for chamber ensemble (1977)

Shepherd: Metamorphoses (2004)

Harvey: Valley of Aosta (1988)

Gubaidulina: Concordanza (1971)

Rorem: Eleven Studies for Eleven Players (1959)

Pooh, Zoo and a Dino Named Sue

Venue: Green Door Gourmet
Sunday, June 7, 2015

Intersection's first family concert featured selections inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh, animals and dinosaurs in an afternoon filled with wonderful activities at Green Door Gourmet including food trucks, local honey vendors, musical adventures and hands on connections with animals and dinosaur discoveries! Oliver Knussen's Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh is a reminiscence of childhood filled with surprising sounds and visual, sonic images that captivate the senses. Berio's Opus Number Zoo is a playful suite of stories for woodwind quintet. Adolphe's Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto was commissioned by the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 2000 for the unveiling of the amazing Tyrannosaurus Sue skeleton at the Field Museum in Chicago. It is a cretaceous coming of age story! Follow Sue, the world-famous T-rex, on her journey from birth to old age. Searching for food, chasing a parasaurolophus, battling a Triceratops! — it’s an action-packed musical adventure set 70 million years ago! This is one of the most popular works for children’s concerts around the globe composed by Bruce Adolphe — it has been performed by ensembles and orchestras from Utah to Lisbon.

Program

Knussen – Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh (1970)

Kelly Corcoran, Conductor - Soprano

Berio – Opus Number Zoo (1951/1970) 

Adolphe - Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto (2000)

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