Known for its interpretation of classical and baroque music, as well as its annual Children’s Messiah, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico goes high-tech.
Its 14 singers will perform the world premiere of “The many poems she learn as a child” by contemporary composer Jenny Olivia Johnson.
Johnson scored the work for upper voices, organ and smartphone.
The band will perform at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Santa Fe on Thursday, March 31 and a second show at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 2.
“She’s an old classmate of mine at the Manhattan School of Music,” said Maxine Thévenot, artistic director of Polyphony. “She is now based in Santa Monica and identifies as a sound artist and musicologist.”
The five-movement piece “includes the audience having to use their smartphone,” Thévenot continued. “Each will have a QR code to scan. Then they will hear excerpts from the TV show “Wheel of Fortune”. ”
“The many poems she learned as a child” were commissioned by Phyllis and Roderick Kennedy in memory of Phyllis’ mother who “was an ace on the ‘Wheel of Fortune,'” Thévenot added.
“It’s part of the room, part of the remembrance of the person we honor.”
The concert, titled Polyphony Presents “Awakenings: Music of Diversity”, will also feature music from Hildegard von Bingen, Sarah Quartel, Eleanor Daley, Mari Esabel Valverde, Dale Trumbore, Joan Szymko and other composers from LGBTQ+, Indigenous communities. and Latin.
“People can expect to hear music from the 12th century, music that incorporates percussion and rainsticks and the music of living composers,” Thévenot said.
The musicians will be accompanied by Edmund Connolly on organ and Alexis Corbin on percussion.
The concert will end with “Amazing Grace”.