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UNSILENT SPRING | Music and Our Changing Planet

Matthew Aucoin and Peter Sellars: Music for New Bodies

Saturday, Apr. 20 | 8:00 PM
Brockman Hall for Opera, Shepherd School of Music

Music for New Bodies is inspired by the visionary poetry of Jorie Graham, addressing some of the most urgent questions of our time. A 360-degree portrait of the moment we are living in, a piece that brings together questions of environmental responsibility, scientific progress and the ethics of humanity’s questionable quest to surpass the human.

Post-concert conversation with Matthew Aucoin, Peter Sellars and Joseph Campana, poet and director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Rice, moderated by Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg


WEDNESDAY, May 1 | 12:00 PM
GRAND FOYER, Wortham Theater Center

The long-running lunchtime series wraps up for the season with DACAMERA Young Artists performing some of their favorites among the pieces they have performed this year.


New York Times previews Music for New Bodies

Joshua Barone of The New York Times previews Saturday night’s premiere of composer Matthew Aucoin and director Peter Sellars’s Music for New Bodies, inspired by the poetry of Jorie Graham.

“In five movements sprawling across 70 minutes, “New Bodies” sets poems by Graham about the earth and humanity that are told in shifting voices and registers, channeling natural forces and at times evoking the mind under anesthesia. Although its expansiveness and form recall Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” it is neither a song cycle nor a symphony. It is perhaps closest to opera, though mostly, it is what it is.”

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