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ICE and The Crossing: The National Anthems

  • Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University 1 Normal Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 (map)


The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
Strings of the International Contemporary Ensemble
No charge for Montclair State undergraduates with ID. All others $30.

Ted Hearne: Consent
Ted Hearne: What it might say
David Lang: the national anthems
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

From ICE:
Josh Modney, violin
Salley Koo, violin
Wendy Richman, viola
Chris Gross, cello
Lizzie Burns, bass

Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin? Are there universal values that transcend national borders? The Crossing, hailed as an “ardently angelic” chamber choir by The Los Angeles Times, considers these difficult questions with works by three powerhouse composers: Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne. The strings players of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) magnify the impact of this stirring and timely concert.

From Peak Performances’ executive director, Jedediah Wheeler: “Donald Nally has created our country’s most forward-thinking choral ensemble, The Crossing. The Crossing will perform the national anthems composed by David Lang with the incomparable International Contemporary Ensemble providing strings. Lang explores the relationships and meanings of 100 different anthems from around the world. Another Pulitzer winner, Caroline Shaw, adds her voice, considering the displacement of refugees, while celebrated Los Angeles-based composer Ted Hearne seeks to understand gender inequality and sexual violence.”

First Impressions
Saturday, September 29, post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Join Peak Performances’ executive director Jedediah Wheeler, composer David Lang, conductor Donald Nally, and the musicians to share reflections and responses immediately following the performance.


Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.