Premiere of collaborative cantata "A Forest Unfolding" by Stephen Jaffe, Melinda Wagner, Eric Moe and David Kirkland Garner

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
The new work, which will be performed at Duke on December 8, premiered this summer at the Electric Earth Concert Series and the Portland Chamber Music Festival.
A Forest Unfolding

"A Forest Unfolding” is a new, collaborative cantata by Duke faculty composer Stephen Jaffe, Melinda Wagner, Eric Moe and Duke alumnus David Kirkland Garner (Ph.D. 2014), with texts by National Book Award-winning author Richard Powers, Anne Labastille, and others. "A Forest Unfolding," inspired by Richard Powers' new New York Times bestselling novel, The Overstory, features excerpts from the novel as well as additional prose texts and poems in a nine-movement cantata that examines the interconnections between humans and trees.

Read the preview of "A Forest Unfolding" by critic David Weininger in the Boston Globe.

At Duke, “A Forest Unfolding” will be performed in the state-of-the-art von der Heyden Studio Theater in the new Rubenstein Arts Center. Soprano Ilana Davidson and baritone Alexander Hurd will be joined by a chamber ensemble under the direction of Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, the director of the Duke University Wind Symphony. The narrator has yet to be determined.  The concert also features new works by graduate composition fellows Ryan Harrison and James Budinich. 

Encounters: with the Music of Our Time presents A Forest Unfolding
Saturday, December 8
8 pm, von der Heyden Studio Theater, Rubenstein Arts Center
$20 general admission, Duke students free with ID