THE TOWER AND THE GARDEN
Three Motets, Charles Villiers Stanford
Seven Songs of Experience, Gerard Victory
The Tower and the Garden, Gregory Spears (New York premiere)
In a nationwide collaboration with The Crossing, Volti, and Notre Dame Vocale, Cantori New York gives the New York premiere of a joint commission from Gregory Spears. Exploring the search for truth amidst the uncertainty of the modern world, Spears's three-movement work sets poems by Denise Levertov, Thomas Merton, and Keith Garabian. Garabian does homage to gay rights activist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, whose cottage (and garden) hung precariously between a nuclear power plant and the sea. With string quartet. Opulent choral settings by Irish composers Stanford and Victory open the program.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street, New York City