For the second episode of her Close Quarters musical curation, composer Jessie Montgomery is working directly with Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard to craft an original work of video art incorporating the composer’s brilliant and eclectic program with cinematic footage of the orchestra. Isabel Leonard makes her directorial debut with this episode of Close Quarters.

“The works [on this program] represent a wide range of the American concert music tradition from the lens of Black composers, including influences of jazz harmonies and rhythm, extensions of European modernism with graphic notation, and the idea that the interplay between the player and the listener is dynamic, spontaneous, and reflects agency and purpose.”

— Jessie Montgomery, composer + curator

Join the pre-broadcast discussion with Christopher Rountree, Isabel Leonard and Nadia Sirota. RSVP here.

‘Beyond The Horizon’ is co-sponsored by Howard + Judith Jelinek and Ruth Eliel + Bill Cooney. Additional support for this program comes from Raulee Marcus.

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