This event has been postponed due to the recent rise of COVID-19 and challenges related to travel, staffing and the nature of the performance.
The Crossing and Dublin Guitar Quartet

The Crossing

+ Dublin Guitar Quartet
February 01, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

A rethinking of Purcell's beloved opera, including the premiere of a new piece that takes us into the inner psyche of the proud Queen of Carthage. Co-commissioned by the Hop.

21/22 Hop Presents

America's "most astonishing choir" and the Irish quartet "with a difference" team up for a colorful, energetic performance.

With The Crossing's uncanny array of sounds and the Dublin Guitar Quartet's commanding technique, the two musical forces deliver a program of signature works by contemporary composers Bryce Dessner, Ayanna Woods, Nicholas Cline and Philip Glass. 

Also included in the evening is Nico Muhly's inventive How Little You Are, based on the diaries of Elinore Pruitt Stewart and Mary Alma Blankenship. The resilience and strength of the two Texas pioneer women is ever-evident yet balanced with strikingly honest entries on the threats all around, the loneliness of pioneer life, and the anguish of separation from loved ones hundreds of miles away.

Dublin Guitar Quartet - 'Aheym' by Bryce Dessner (The National)


Ahania Weeping (from Jeff Quartets) – Louis Andriessen

Generously supported by the Sidney Stoneman 1933 Fund and the David J. O'Connor Fund

Photo of The Crossing: Jill Steinberg
Photo of Dublin Guitar Quartet: Laura Sheeran

The Crossing
The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir and listening to music for choir. Many of its nearly 110 commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues. With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued 24 releases, receiving two Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019) and six Grammy nominations.

The Dublin Guitar Quartet
Described by The Irish Times as "a quartet with a difference," the Dublin Guitar Quartet is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, DGQ has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire. With the help of eight and eleven-string guitars the quartet has created an original catalogue of arrangements by composers such Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Gyorgy Ligeti and more.

 “America’s most astonishing choir”

The New York Times on The Crossing

“quartet with a difference”

The Irish Times on The Dublin Guitar Quartet
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