Sila: The Breath of the World

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 5:00pm

Midwest premiere

This performance will be held on the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts South Lawn (rain location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts atrium).

This performance will be repeated on Saturday, September 26.

Donald Nally, Benjamin Bolter, Alan Pierson, and Doug Perkins, conductors

Shimmering harmonic clouds hover and gently transform in John Luther Adams’s Sila (2014) for 80 musicians, performed by members of the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. Presented on the Arts Green with Lake Michigan, the Music and Communication Building, and the Chicago skyline as backdrop, Sila explores the composer’s deep concern with the interactions between humans and the environment. In this mystical work, inspired by natural harmonic overtones, performers move to the rhythm of their own long, beautiful exhalations.

Admission is free.

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