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Season 9 - Exploration

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Authentic Autumn

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.

Intersection Artists

Charissa Leung, Violin

Sarah Page, Violin

Tony Parce, Viola

Grace Parce, Cello

Kaitlyn Raitz, Cello

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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



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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Whirling Spring

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



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


Tiana Crow

Laura Hill

Julia Grace Linn

Natalie Linn

Mia McDermott

Sara McDermott

Madison Miller

Nathalie Peete

Hannah Smokler


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Upon These Shoulders: Griot Legacies Rise

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 4:30pm

Free Event

Nashville Downtown Library Auditorium

Upon These Shoulders 2023 Program Book

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

Intersection Repertoire

Jonathan Bailey Holland: American Voices (2009) for Trombone Choir

Tamica Nicole, Narrator

Trombone Ensemble

Ryan Brown

Jocelyn Bullock

Rielly Harris

Moses Hatcher

Ryan Hungerpiller

Paul Jenkins

David Loucky

Orlandis Maise *

Jacob Sanchez *

Lincoln Schaaf *

Dayla Spencer *

* Accelerando Student

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Boundless Beats

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.


Annaliese Kowert

Tony Parce

Titus Underwood


Dyondre Thomas

Asiya Buchanan

Esther Okai -Tetteh

Alexander Lynch

Imani Miles

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Lullaby Showcase

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.


Rachel Rodriguez

Rosa Rodriguez

AmyLiza de Jesus

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