Season 9 - Exploration
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
6-7:30pm - FREE
21c Museum Hotel - Rooftop Suite
An evening of spoken word poetry and a live contemporary classical quartet at 21c Museum Hotel in Downtown Nashville - a collaboration between Free Fyre and Intersection, the event took place in the rooftop suite of 21c Nashville featuring the sights of the city from up high all while listening to poignant words of poetry and contemporary classical music from some of Nashville’s most talented artists.
Charissa Leung, Violin
Sarah Page, Violin
Tony Parce, Viola
Grace Parce, Cello
Kaitlyn Raitz, Cello
A Festival Exploring Cross-Cultural Compositions
Presented in Partnership with MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:30am
Virtual Presentation on Zoom
Topic: Writing for the zheng and other Chinese instruments
Featured Guests: Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Composer; Sun Yue, Composer; Dr. Mei Han, Director MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture & Performer; Dr. Haiqiong Deng, Performer; Kelly Corcoran, Conductor and Artistic Director, Intersection
Friday, September 30, 2022, 8pm
Free Performance With Scholarly and Cultural Context
Hosted by Dr. Mei Han
Hinton Hall, Wright Music Building, Middle Tennessee State University
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 3pm
Family Friendly Ticketed Performance
Hosted by Kelly Corcoran & Dr. Mei Han
Casa Azafrán, Nashville
CONVERGENCE is a three-day festival co-presented by Intersection and MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture that explores new sounds through cross-cultural compositions. The festival presents two concerts and a webinar workshop, featuring the zheng, a Chinese plucked long zither that has a history of over 2500 years. The guest performer, Dr. Haiqiong Deng, is one of the leading zheng artists known for her performance of challenging contemporary compositions. She will join Intersection musicians in performing two contemporary compositions written for her: Dots, Lines and Convergence, a zheng concerto written by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, and Moon Phase (world premiere) composed by Sun Yue.
The MTSU performance will integrate historic and cultural context into an academically influenced presentation, while the Nashville performance will be designed for families and audiences of all ages including some hands-on activities. The concerts will also include traditional works for zheng and other Chinese musical instruments.
Taiwanese-American composer Chihchun Chi-sun Lee received her doctoral degree in composition from the University of Michigan. Her work Dots, Lines and Convergence, commissioned by the Harvard Fromm Foundation, presents distinct musical cultures that synthesize and “converge” in the final movement. Sun Yue, a Chinese-born composer who holds a doctoral degree in music composition from Florida State University composed Moon Phase specially for this Festival.
Sun Yue writes of the work “The Moon represents powerful feminine energy, signifying wisdom, intuition, birth, death, reincarnation, and a spiritual connection. We long for its guidance, we look to it for peace, we crave its attention, we feel its power when it illuminates the night, whining upon us.”
Chihchun Chi-sun Lee - Dots, Lines and Convergence
Sun Yue - Moon Phase for Zheng and 5 instruments **WORLD PREMIERE
Additional Repertoire for Solo Qin, Yangqin, Zheng and Zheng duet.
Kelly Corcoran, conductor
Dr. Haiqiong Deng, zheng
Dr. Mei Han, zheng
Lyujing Liu, yangqin
Celine Thackston, flute
Todd Waldecker, clarinet
Lawson White, percussion
Esther Sanders, violin
Emily Crane, violin
Sarah Cote, viola
Meghan Berindean, cello
Sarah Ransom, bass
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People, Places, Things
Presented by Lockeland Strings
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 8pm
Soft Junk, Madison, TN
People, Places, Things is a film by artist Lesa Dowdy, scored by composer Benjamin Chakoian Jones, and performed by INTERSECTION. Join us at Soft Junk to watch the film projected on screen while INTERSECTION provides a live soundtrack for the audience in real time.
This project was born out of a collaboration between the Nashville Metro Archives’ Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC). Filmmaker Lesa Dowdy was invited to incorporate historic audiovisual recordings at the AVHC in the creation of a new work to premiere at the Parthenon as part of Centennial Park Conservancy’s ECHO chamber music series. Lesa worked with Metro archivists to choose endangered analog audiovisual materials for preservation, some of which have not been seen in decades. Lesa also collaborated with composer Benjamin Chakoian Jones and INTERSECTION to create a soundtrack for this engaging 45 minute film.
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Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7pm
Cheekwood - Winter Concert Series
Whirling Spring brings together a range of repertoire inspired by the natural world, human relationships, color and space. Cristina Spinei’s Whirl for string ensemble is her own interpretation of Spring inspired by “the tornado threats and flood warnings that plague our spring and early summer” in Nashville. Spinei’s composition student, Dayla Spencer, is a 17 year-old composer and trombonist who will be graduating from MLK Magnet High School in Nashville this spring. Her work Ventus Colores for strings was inspired by her favorite colors. Navy Blue features driving rhythms and harmonic surprises.
Pauline Oliveros, known for her “deep listening” approach to music invites musicians to listen to environmental pulses and use rocks as musical instruments in a spatial, improvisatory sharing.
Ruth Crawford Seeger, a contemporary of Copland, was known for both her commitment to the study of folk music, but also her work as an “ultramodern” American composer in the 1920’s. Her Music for Small Orchestra uses a similar instrumentation to Copland’s original 13 instrument version of Appalachian Spring. Copland shared Crawford Seeger’s affinity for modernism and also folk music, as seen in the inclusion of Simple Gifts as a theme in his Pultizer Prize winning work. Appalachian Spring will feature original choreography by Beata Santora performed by students from the Ensworth School of Dance.
Intersection is thrilled to be partnering with Cheekwood to present Whirling Spring as the third and final installment of the Cheekwood Winter Concert Series. Set in Cheekwood’s beautiful Botanic Hall, this intimate, ticketed show will expand perspectives and delight aficionados. Tickets are $35 for Cheekwood members and $45 for soon-to-be members. Purchase admission online at www.cheekwood.org.
Cristina Spinei: Whirl
Ruth Crawford Seeger: Music for Small Orchestra
Dayla Spencer: Navy Blue from Ventus Colores *Premiere Performance
Pauline Oliveros: Rock Piece
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 Instruments
Kelly Corcoran, Conductor
Beata Santora, Choreographer (Ensworth School of Dance)
Molly Barth, flute
Mariam Adam, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Christina McGann, violin
Elena Lim, violin
Carrie Bailey, violin
Monona Suzuki, violin
Carl Larson, viola
Sarah Cote, viola
Kaitlyn Raitz, cello
Dongdong Zhang, cello
Tiffany Freeman, bass
ENSWORTH SCHOOL OF DANCE PERFORMERS
Julia Grace Linn
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Upon These Shoulders: Griot Legacies Rise
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 4:30pm
Nashville Downtown Library Auditorium
Upon These Shoulders: Griot Legacies Rise honors and artistically explores historic impressions in the African American journal of racial equity and cultural inclusiveness through footprints of yesterday and today. This event will feature musical performances by Choral Arts Link, W. Crimm Singers (aka Wakanda Chorale), Intersection and Nashville Symphony's Accelerando students woven together with interviews.
Upon These Shoulders is an annual event, launched in 2017 by Choral Arts Link and Intersection, working with community partners to celebrate the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, historically and today. Performances in this series have included the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer Jonathan Bailey Holland exploring race, equity and youth; a celebration of the music of Florence Price, and a 10 day residency by composer and performer Hannibal Lokumbe.
Presented in partnership with Choral Arts Link and the Nashville Symphony's Accelerando Program
Jonathan Bailey Holland: American Voices (2009) for Trombone Choir
Tamica Nicole, Narrator
Orlandis Maise *
Jacob Sanchez *
Lincoln Schaaf *
Dayla Spencer *
* Accelerando Student
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Friday, May 5, 2023
Nashville Public Library - Downtown
3:30pm - FREE
Boundless Beats is a casual, public sharing of collaborations and creations among Intersection and Southern Word artists. Southern Word music producers have been in residence weekly at Studio NPL at the Nashville Public Library creating works in collaboration with teens and other community members. Intersection musicians joined this community for several weeks to explore what new music would emerge in this interactive space. Join us on May 5th to meet the artists, learn more about the collaboration and hear some of the new creations.
SOUTHERN WORD MUSICIANS
Esther Okai -Tetteh
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Friday, May 12, 2023
W.O. Smith Community Music School
7:00pm - FREE
As a partner in the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), Intersection works with Renewal House, the Tennessee Justice Center and the Hispanic Family Foundation to write original lullabies with Tennessee families. Join us on Friday, May 12th at the W.O Smith Community Music School for our first public sharing of select lullabies written since the beginning of our project. We will hear family stories and together celebrate the power of music and song to unite us and strengthen our relationships with family and community.
AmyLiza de Jesus
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