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un/bodying/s premiere
June 24, 2017 8:00 pm
The Crossing
January 31, 2017
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
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8855 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118, United States

My new 30 minute work for unaccompanied choir will be premiered as part of The Crossing’s Month of Moderns series.

Here is the official notice:

Who is the third who walks always beside you?

The U.S. premiere of a work by Dai Fujikura and a greatly expanded version of Efstratios Minakakis’ breathtaking Crossings (2015) – his musical response to the experience of observing Syrian refugees on the Isle of Lesbos – are balanced with a major new work of Gregory Brown, un/bodying/s. The work explores the history of the displaced populations of Quabbin, the Swift River Valley in Western Massachusetts: the Native Americans moved by incoming Europeans, and then those Europeans relocated by the State when creating the massive reservoir that supplies Boston with water. Gregory and librettist Todd Hearon tell these stories from a variety of perspectives, including the history of the wildlife that, like the human refugees, have fled and since returned to this troubled land.