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Past Made Present: The Music of Jessica Kresh — in The Den

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Contemporary-classical composer Jessica Krash presents her exciting new recording that weaves together ancient and modern conversations on social, ethical, political, and musical topics.

Join us in the Den for a live musical performance and conversation with some of the musicians on the recording, including soprano Emily Noël, conductor Thomas Colohan, flutist Laura Kaufman, and composer-pianist Jessica Krash.

A choral work, “Young Vilna,” inspired by the writing of Ellen Cassedy, uses searing questions posed by contemporary Lithuanian teens to explore the timely concept of “home” for descendants of refugees – recorded by members of the Washington Master Chorale. “Sulpicia’s Songs” is a musical commentary on poems by a woman from ancient Rome (English translations by Mary Maxwell); and the “Cantigas de amigo of Martin Codax” sets medieval songs into a provocative modern accompaniment. “Turns of Phrase” for flute and piano and “Delphi-What the Oracle Said” are instrumental works that explore how thoughts and feelings move.