The Crossing Perform “Anonymous Man” @ EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]

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At 7:30pm on Thursday (March 22), Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing will perform composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon’s new choral work “Anonymous Man” at EMPAC at RPI in Troy.

Commissioned by the 24-voice choral group, the hour-long piece expands on Gordon’s architectural approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sounds on top of one another to create a hypnotic group incantation. A meditation on community, history, and a connection to place, “Anonymous Man” is a memoir of Gordon’s nearly three decades living in Lower Manhattan.

“When I moved into my loft on Desbrosses,” Gordon says, “the streets were empty, since few people lived there. But both then and now, there were the homeless. Over time the neighborhood changed from an industrial warehouse district to a residential area. ‘Anonymous Man’ is a memoir about my block. The piece is built around my memories of moving in, meeting my future wife for the first time there, and conversations I have had with two homeless men who made their home on the loading dock across the street.”

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