The Crossroads Project
At the dawn of the 21st century...
humanity has arrived at an extraordinary Crossroads—a time and place where scientific ability to identify unprecedented risk, decades in advance, intersects society’s seeming inability to respond. Little of humanity’s course, as currently imagined, is sustainable—not our energy, not our economy, not our environment. But we are possessed of the knowledge we need, and a tide is rising.
The Crossroads Project is an artistic and scientific response to this reality.
The Fry Street Quartet joins with physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies in an evocative performance combining music, information, imagery—and a dash of theater — merging intellectual with visceral, taking us from understanding to belief. This performance features a new string quartet, Rising Tide, by composer Laura Kaminsky, along with original works by painter Rebecca Allan, internationally recognized environmental photographer Garth Lenz, and Utah sculptor Lyman Whitaker.
Weaving together a chorus of artistic and scientific voices responding to one of society’s greatest challenges, The Crossroads Project is a deep-seated contemplation of the choices before us, the paths they forge, and the dramatically different landscapes to which they lead.
Now in its second season, the Crossroads Project Performance will be presented at SUNY Purchase, Symphony Space in NYC, Hudson Valley Opera House, Wave Hill, and at the University of Iowa.
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Fiddlin' by Michael Ellison
The Fry Street Quartet enjoys a continuing residency with the Salt Lake City-based NOVA series, which has partnered with the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music to sponsor the latest string quartet by composer Michael Ellison. Fiddlin' is a work in eleven short movements, written for the FSQ, and inspired by combining traditional Turkish and American themes. The FSQ is excited to give the piece its world premiere in Tuscon in December, and its Utah premiere in January.
Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts
The Fry Street Quartet will perform a concert that explores the connections between music and Theosophy as part of the Leverhulme-funded network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy and the Arts, 1875-1960. This will include rarely heard works from the twentieth-century British composers Cyril Scott and John Foulds. Scott found inspiration in the writings of Theosophical Society founder Helena Blavatsky, and Foulds worked for a time on behalf of the Society as director of music at the London headquarters. The concert will close with the music of Beethoven, a favourite musical topic in Theosophical journals and one of the composers often celebrated by Theosophists.