The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide

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 action.  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.


The Crossroads Project: Emergence

In response to The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide, the FSQ and Dr. Davies continue the conversation in a new performance piece entitled Emergence.  While Rising Tide is about what we know, Emergence is about coming to terms with this knowledge on a deeply personal level.

Taking the form of Shakespearean soliloquy written by Robert Davies, the performance features a single actor, with Libby Larsen’s score assuming the role of the protagonist’s inner voice. Video projections provide an arresting backdrop, and the result is a uniquely powerful interaction between mediums. Highly regarded stage actor Robert Scott Smith premiered the role, one he was uniquely suited for, having a wealth of experience with unique collaborations as co-artistic director of the Flying Bobcat Theater Laboratory and a frequent partner with Plan-B Theater Company and the Salt Lake Acting Company. Young documentary filmmaker Conor Provenzano created the video projections, which serve as both set and story, alternating seamlessly between the abstract and the specific.

Emergence was co-sponsored by the Sounds of Science Commissioning Club, which is dedicated to the expression of science through music, and in part by The University of Utah’s Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars program.


As One

A Chamber Opera for mezzo soprano, baritone, string quartet, and film

American Opera Projects
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Directed by Ken Cazan
Music Direction by Steven Osgood

As One is a new chamber opera—created by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell, and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed—that relates the experiences and inner life of a transgender person moving toward self-realization.

At its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf shared the role of the protagonist in this intimate and thrilling new work, alongside Laura Kaminsky's score performed by the Fry Street Quartet.  As One had its second production at the Performance Hall on the Utah State University campus.   The UT performance was funded with grant support from the Tanner Foundation.

Film by Kimberly Reed
Set and Lighting Design by David Jacques
Costume Design by Sara Jean Tosetti


Bartok Cycle

The FSQ will premiere its first Bartok Cycle on the Salt Lake City -based NOVA Gallery Series beginning Fall of 2016.  Paired with Haydn's Op. 76, these concerts offer an immersion experience in an intimate setting with this towering canon for string quartet. 

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