Festival Focus: Book of Longing

Notes from ACMC Artistic Director Michelle Schumann

What’s great about it: The Book of Longing represents the mind-melding of two of the greatest musical masterminds of our time: Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass. Cohen’s poetry is personal, passionate, brutally honest, spiritual, and irreverent. When asked about the style of music, whether it was classical, or jazz, or cabaret, or pop, Cohen replied, “It’s Glassical.” Indeed, Glass brings his quintessential sound to the poems while illuminating the text in gorgeous ways throughout.

Why you should go: It’s a rarity! Our chamber concerts are usually deliciously low-maintenance. This concert, however, has a narrator, 4 amplified singers, 8 instrumentalists, 3 synthesizers, a battery of percussion, lighting, sound, sets and props. This is BIG ART, friends… and a work that has been a dream of mine to produce for a long time!

You’ll love it if you love: Personal storytelling by a multitude of great artists.

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