Concert: Tracing a Line

8pm Sat, May 25, 2013

Venue: Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, Salem, MA 01970


Jennifer Close


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Tracing a Line follows a single melody - from Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata BWV 60 - as it is reimagined across the centuries. The Encounters Ensemble orchestra performs selections from Johann Rudolph Ahle's four-part folk chorale, Alban Berg's violin concerto "To the memory of an angel," Samuel Beckett's short play Nacht und Tr�¤ume and a new orchestra piece composed by Matthew Aucoin, conductor, poet and creator of this special program. Tracing a Line incorporates elements of theater, architecture, visual art and instrumental and vocal music from the 17th through the 21st centuries to create a new work of art at PEM. Combining literary, theatrical, choral and orchestral elements, Tracing a Line seeks to upend classical music performance conventions and provide a platform for direct interface between artist and audience. This singular performance, conceived by PEM's new Composer-in-Residence Matt Aucoin and his two collaborators Victoria Crutchfield (director) and Keir GoGwilt (first violinist), follows a single melody through time. Reservations by May 22 | Members $45, nonmembers $55

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