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Season 3 - Deepening Roots

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World Filling Light

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 5:45-8pm

Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens


Intersection joined Cheekwood for an installment of the First Thursday Nights in the Garden series! Intersection featured repertoire inspired by Steve Tobin's Southern Roots exhibit, which was on display throughout the botanical garden. Intersection musicians presented solo works throughout the grounds, and the centerpiece of the evening was Param Vir's World Filling Light, a community piece with guest musicians, inspired by the poetry of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.


Japanese Garden and Playhouses
David Loeb: Balinese Fantasies (solo piccolo)
Katherine Hoover: Kokopeli
Charles Delaney: ...and the strange unknown flowers


Color Garden
Frederic Rzewski: To the Earth (1985)
Robert Fokkens: Divisions
Askell Masson: Prim
Libby Larsen: Like Blind Men Tapping in the Dark 


Museum of Art
Hohvannes: Nocturne for Harp
Houdy: Sonata for Harp, Mvmt. II
Salzedo: Siciliana, Chanson dans la nuit, and Tango (all separate pieces)
Rorem: excerpts from Sky Music
Watkins: Fire Dance

Color Garden
John Luther Adams: AFTER THE LIGHT 


Deepening Roots

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 6:30-8pm

Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Intersection and New Dialect joined together at Cheekwood Gardens for an installment of the First Thursday Nights in the Garden series. Partnering with New Dialect, Intersection featured repertoire inspired by Steve Tobin's Southern Roots exhibit on display throughout the botanical garden. The program featured unique voices sharing their cultural roots through musical expression.


Gubaidulina: Concordanza (1971)

Jonathan Bailey Holland: His House is Not of This Land (2015)

Golijov: Lullaby and Doina (2001)

Chen Yi: Wu Yu

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Upon These Shoulders

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7pm

Venue: Fisk Memorial Chapel

Intersection is honored to partner with Fisk University and Choral Arts Link to launch a new community celebration that honors the life of Dr. King and the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Through music, spoken word and song we will recognize that while Dr. King was indeed the face of a great social protest, many people “orchestrated” strategies, meetings, sought resources and fought for justice. And, that these unsung heroes, worthy of celebration, were indeed the wind beneath Dr. King’s wings.   


John Rosamond Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Rollo Dilworth: Hold Fast to Dreams

Arr. Dave Ragland: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Jessie Montgomery: 12 Moods

Arr. John W. Work III: Way Over in Egypt Land

Dave Ragland: Zion’s Walls

John W. Work III: Trilogy of Three Spirituals

Tim Sharp & Joshua Carter: Freedom is Coming    


Dragon Harmony

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2pm

Venue: Green Door Gourmet

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm

Venue: Center for Chinese Music and Culture, MTSU

Intersection's family program explored the music of China featuring a combination of Chinese instruments and Western instruments. Composers Chen Yi, Zhou Long and Wu Fei were present along with visiting Beijing musicians, Mei Han Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, and Intersection musicians under the baton of Artistic Director, Kelly Corcoran. The musical program explored traditional Chinese music all the way to a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Wu Fei. Pre-concert activities gave audience members an opportunity to play authentic Chinese instruments. Photos by Micheal Whitney.


Zhou Long: The Farewell
Chen Yi: Wu Yu
Wu Fei: If I Was A Batman Queen
Additional repertoire to be announced
Guest Composers - Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Wu Fei

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Voices of Today

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 7pm

Venue: Fisk Memorial Chapel

Intersection will continue its partnership with Fisk University and Choral Arts Link with this program that gives voice to the cultural experiences of each composer and the communities they come from. For example, Jonathan Bailey Holland’s “His House is Not of This Land” refers to the speech patterns found in African-American Baptist Churches. Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Fast Black Dance Machine” combines contemporary classical music with a multicolored spectrum of contemporary black popular music, blending flunk, rock, and hip-hop.

The dominant voices of classical music in the United States have limited diversity with an under-representation of African-American composers. Intersection and its partners are committed to creating a future that represents, promotes, and celebrates the diversity of voices of experiences creating music.  Intersection seeks to make an impact for musicians, composers, and audiences that will serve as a catalyst for broader perspectives and increased opportunities. 


Gary Powell Nash: Mountain Rhapsody
Gary Powell Nash: Bounce for Bass Clarinet and Drum Set
Jonathan Bailey Holland - His House is Not of This Land (2015)
Jonathan Bailey Holland: Tracing Lines (2012)
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Fast Black Dance Machine

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Mapping Stars

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3pm

Venue: East Nashville Magnet High School

Intersection, Nashville in Harmony, and One Voice Chorus teamed up to present the US premiere of James McCarthy's oratorio "Codebreaker" about the life and work of Alan Turing. Tracy Silverman also presented the Nashville premiere of Nico Muhly's "Seeing is Believing" which Tracy recently performed at Carnegie Hall.


Nico Muhly: Seeing is Believing
James McCarthy: Codebreaker

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