‘Electric Earth’ concert series under way

  • Cabaret Singer Jennifer Sheehan returns to Electric Earth Concerts this summer.  Courtesy

  • An Aug. Electric Earth Concerts titled “A Forest Unfolding,” was conceived by novelist Richard Powers in collaboration with Laura Gilbert and Jonathan Bagg, EEC’s artistic directors. Courtesy Photo—

Published: 6/13/2018 12:56:09 PM

Electric Earth Concerts goes into high gear this summer with a series of performances in the Monadnock region.

Renowned ensembles such as the Borromeo Quartet and the Horszowski Trio, pianoforte-violin period instrument duo David Breitman and Beth Wenstrom, baroque musicians Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Edwin Huizinga, Elliot Figg and Fiona Gillespie, Irish soprano, will perform works that range from Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franck, Debussy and Ravel to contemporary masters such as Ned Rorem and Bright Sheng.

Cabaret Singer Jennifer Sheehan also returns in July with pianist James Folowell and bassist Jered Egan for an intimate evening of American classic song.

A season highlight on Aug. 12 will be the premiere of a new work commissioned by Electric Earth Concerts.

Titled “A Forest Unfolding,” it was conceived by novelist Richard Powers in collaboration with Laura Gilbert and Jonathan Bagg, EEC’s artistic directors. The piece was inspired by recent scientific research into the rich communication and subterranean connectivity between trees.

Four writers – the environmentalists Bill McKibben and Joan Maloof and the novelists Richard Powers and Kim Stanley Robinson – selected prose passages and poems on the bonds between people and trees. They presented these selections to four composers – Eric Moe, Melinda Wagner, Stephen Jaffe, and David Kirkland Garner – who set these words into a linked sequence of recitatives and arias. The resulting whole traces a narrative arc from human estrangement from nature to a glimpse of the infinite cooperation that fosters the forest community.

A complete listing of concerts, including dates, venues and ticket information, is at electricearthconcerts.org

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