CRAIG HELLA JOHNSON conductor
KILE SMITH: The Arc in the Sky
Poetry beyond the horizon—Kile Smith, composer of the VAE’s stunning Canticle, returns with a relevatory masterpiece The Arc in the Sky, inspired by words of Robert Lax, gets its Cincinnati premiere by Craig Hella Johnson and the VAE. Lax, a close friend of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, was named “one of the great original voices of our times” by American icon Jack Kerouac. That voice rises and converges on meaning and emotion in Smith’s powerful new work.
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