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Saturday October 14 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Resounding Earth: A Sonic Landscape

Hosted by: Society for New Music

Audience-participatory performance of Augusta Read Thomas’ Resounding Earth: A Sonic Landscape
Bring a blanket or lawn chair or sit on an historic rock! Bring your bell or temple gong from anywhere in the world & help ‘ring in’ this community celebration of RESOUNDING EARTH.
Part of the SU Humanities Center 2023-24 Syracuse Symposium’s yearlong look at “Landscapes”, Read Thomas’ Resounding Earth is scored for percussion quartet. It is a four-movement work which calls for more than 500 bells of different shapes and sizes and from different cultures and time periods.
Details about additional “mini soundscapes” by Christopher Cresswell, Natalie Draper, and Ryan Carter are listed below.
Attendees are invited to bring their own bells, contributing to “mini soundscapes” throughout the park before, during and after the performance.
Hailed as a “true virtuoso composer” (New Yorker), Thomas is the University Professor of Composition and founding director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at The University of Chicago. The Pulitzer Prize finalist also was the longest-serving Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1997-2006).
3 mini-soundscapes for RESOUNDING EARTH, which you will discover via GPS on your cell phone:
1. Christopher Cresswell – Dis (part of The Eden Project), explores the negative impacts of noise pollution.
2. Natalie Draper – Bowl Song
3. Ryan Carter – Memory Failure – featuring the crunchy sounds of autumn.