Fourth Coast Ensemble presents the world premiere of "A Brush With Our Time," from composer Andrea Clearfield and librettist Doreen Rao. Commissioned by FCE, 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 and will be staged by Chicago director George Cederquist.
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