caught: the wide open

Fifth House Ensemble


Caught: The Wide Open

Someone is falling twenty-four miles in thirteen seconds.  Someone is battling demons in the desert.  Someone is worried his music will enrage the dictator.  Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, St. Anthony the Great, and composer Dmitri Shostakovich are among the prominent figures in this meditation on mankind’s struggle with limits and fascination with the limitless in Caught: the Wide Open.

Featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano
with itsnotyouitsme and soprano Martha Cluver

Caleb Burhans — Excelsior,* A New Music USA commission
John Zorn — The Temptations of St. Anthony*
Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 9**

*World Premiere
**Transcribed for The Real String Quartet (violin, viola, cello, double bass)

Schedule of performances

Excelsior was commissioned through New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.