After a successful first season in early 2015, contemporary music ensemble Intersection returns with an equally ambitious and engaging second season featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, the rare Ondes Martenot electronic instrument, local Mariachi performers, and more.
Opening the season on October 29, Sea of Tonality is based on Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Coming for Chamber Orchestra, which showcases his perception of tonality as a fluid element, constantly shifting and taking new forms. The performance also includes works by Tina Tallon, Joby Talbot, and Elliott Carter. The evening’s highlight is a presentation of Julia Wolfe’s True Love. Wolfe, the recent recipient of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Music, will lead a discussion as part of the show.
Intersection’s family performance of the season is Mariachi, a celebration of music and culture. The afternoon of activities and music includes Intersection musicians, Gabriela Fuentes and Mariachi students from Metro Schools, and Manuel Delgado of Delgado Guitars. Explore the vibrancy of Mariachi folk traditions and the contemporary classical works of Mexican composers Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.
The final show of the season, Key of Intensity, is designed around the Ondes Martenot, a French instrument created in the 1920s that blends a traditional piano keyboard with timbral controls and amplification through gongs and lyres. Due to the limited number of musicians who have mastered this incredibly expressive electronic instrument, it is very rare to hear one played. Intersection has crafted a seven-piece bill devoted entirely to this instrument featuring Estelle Lemire and Marie Bernard, two of the finest Ondes Martenot performers in the world.
For more information and tickets, visit www.intersectionmusic.org.