Fourth Coast Ensemble presents the world premiere of "A Brush With Our Time," from composer Andrea Clearfield and librettist Doreen Rao.
Commissioned by the ensemble, this piece for four voices, shakuhachi, percussion, and piano is based on the poetry of Zen artist Kazuaki Tanahashi, and explores the tension between peace and conflict. The four singers will move freely throughout Newberry Library’s modular performance hall, immersing the audience in Clearfield’s “vivid and galvanizing” sound world (Opera News), while Tanahashi paints four large-scale enso calligraphy works on canvases stationed throughout the performance space. The program begins with excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass arranged by Rao.
A SPOTLIGHT CONCERT IN THE 2021 EAR TAXI FESTIVAL
Covid Protocols: Please note that in accordance with local guidelines all in-person audience members will be required to wear a mask throughout the duration of the performance, regardless of vaccination status.
PERFORMANCE made possible by GENEROUS SPONSORship of
Patrice Fletcher Fred Donner
COMMISSION MADE POSSIBLE BY generous SUPPORT FROM
Eszter Borvendeg and Mark Wight, Kent Dymak and Theodore Foss, Marilynn Preston in memory of Barbara Bonfigli, Nathaniel Pusey and Francisco Salgado, Doreen Rao in memory of her son, Bridget Skaggs, and Robin Vaile Robison