This is a new way to experience the CSO. Artists and audience share the same space in shorter, casual, intermission-less performances featuring elements of theater, lighting and dance.
Each concert offers a fresh collaboration with different artists, who each craft a theme that connects orchestral music to listeners with new dimensions of color.
CSO PROOF: El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered
Christian Reif, conductor
Julia Bullock, soprano
Jasmin White, contralto
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
In a new arrangement created by conductor Christian Reif, John Adams' massive revisionist opera-oratorio is transformed into an intimate setting for chamber orchestra. Interweaving biblical verse with poetry by Latin American writers, El Niño considers the Nativity story from Mary's perspective and explores in Adams' words, "what is meant by a miracle."
John ADAMS (arr. Christian Reif): El Niño: Nativity Reconsidered
CSO PROOF: From the Canyons to the Stars
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Inspired by his visits to Utah's Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles ("From the Canyons to the Stars") depicts the birdsong and red rock hues he experienced during his time in the desert. Messiaen – who was also synesthetic – heard colors and saw sounds. Accompanied by immersive video-art, Springer Auditorium will be transformed, allowing listeners to escape into the southwestern landscape and experience a synesthesia of their own.
MESSIAEN: Des canyons aux étoiles ("From the Canyons to the Stars")
CSO PROOF: RÉPONSE
Louis Langrée, conductor
Lutosławski’s interpretation of music for a funeral, and Bryce Dessner's Réponse Lutoslawski, inspired by the Musique funèbre, open this enlightening and introspective program.
LUTOSŁAWSKI: Musique funèbre
Bryce DESSNER: Réponse Lutosławski
CSO Proof is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.