In part of the Spoleto Music in Time series, US premiere The Street, 14 Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, debuts in partnership with the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus. Here is what you should know:

Backed by eight voices of the choir, solo harpist Parker Ramsay debuts this new concert-length work with a score by composer Nico Muhly and text by librettist and reverend Alice Goodman. The Street  is a reflective experience of the brutality of one man’s wrongful condemnation and suffering.

“It’s a surprisingly non-mystical text; there are no miracles or divine interventions. Instead, it’s a series of very earthly actions,” Muhly tells us.

To bring the entire performance together is Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, narrating the 75 minute experience. 

 

A Little More…

MARCUS AMAKER (narrator)

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first Poet Laureate, and the recipient of a Governor’s Arts award. He’s also an Academy of American Poets fellow, the graphic designer of a music journal, an electronic musician, and an opera librettist. He frequently visits classrooms to lead poetry workshops. His poetry has been recognized by The Washington Post; The Kennedy Center; American Poets Magazine; The Washington National Opera; NPR; The Chicago Tribune; PBS Newshour; and many others. Marcus’ work is included on a Grammy-nominated opera album. His ninth book is Black Music Is, from Free Verse Press.

 

ALICE GOODMAN (librettist)

Punctuating this meditative work is Alice Goodman, an American poet and librettist who is also an Anglican priest, working in England.  Goodman was born 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was educated at Harvard and Cambridge and attended the Boston University School of Theology. Goodman was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 2001 and a priest in 2003. In 2011, Goodman was named Rector of Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams in the Diocese of Ely. She has written libretti for operas including Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991) with John Adams; and The Magic Flute translated for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (1991). Some of her other works include A Letter of Rights (cantata, with Tarik O’Regan, 2015); Le Roman de Fauvel (with Benjamin Bagby and Peter Sellars, 2022); History is Our Mother: Three Libretti (NYRB Classics, 2017); and The Street (with Nico Muhly, 2022).

 

NICO MUHLY (composer)

Nico Muhly is an American composer who writes orchestral music and works for the stage, chamber music, and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys (2011) and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Australian Chamber Orchestra; the Tallis Scholars; and King’s College, Cambridge. An avid collaborator, he has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and Kyle Abraham and artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake, and Paul Simon. Recordings of his work have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community.

 

PARKER RAMSAY (harp)

Parker Ramsay creates work that is unique in its integration of contemporary music and historical performance and defies easy categorization. In 2020, his “relentlessly beautiful” (WQXR) recording of his transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the King’s College, Cambridge, label attracted international attention and critical praise. Recent and upcoming projects include collaborations with composers Marcos Balter, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Josh Levine and residencies at IRCAM in Paris, and release of his second solo album. Additionally, Parker is a prolific writer on music for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Van Magazine.

 

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Performance Details

The Street  will take the stage at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00pm.

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