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Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Approaching Eternity in Photos

 

Take a look at a new trove of photos from last April when we premiered Approaching Eternity by Nicholas Bentz in April of 2017 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Photo Credit: Dan Rorke.

Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s  Approaching Eternity.

Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s Approaching Eternity.

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Principal Cellist Mike Newman and cellist Rob Erb Kaufman perform Nick’s work with its challenging writing for strings.

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Bassoonist Mateen Milan was an guest artist with the orchestra at the time, but later auditioned to join the group.

  

Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

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The composer in his own words: Nicholas Bentz gives a description of the basis for his sprawling new work, Approaching Eternity for Chamber Orchestra. just moments before the orchestra gives the second performances.

 

Take a look at this clip of Approaching Eternity, then learn more about our latest album (which includes Approaching Eternity),  Approaching.

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz, Pt. II

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz, Pt. II

  The question I most often get in regards to Approaching Eternity, is how one deals with composing a piece of its length. It doesn’t take much research to find that a piece combining the medium of a large chamber symphony with the breadth of an hour-long swath of time is a rarity in this period of music composition. It’s no fault of the composer here – many factors outside of the composer’s control (mostly economic) have contributed to the unfortunate and gaping hole in the repertoire that we now have, but now is the time to fill that space. But regardless, the composer of the 21st century isn’t normally expected to fulfill a commission like this, so how do we all go about it?

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.