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David T. Little's SIN-EATER

The Crossing & Bergamot Quartet

October 14 – 15, 2023
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents

“America’s most astonishing choir,” (The New York Times) The Crossing, performs the world premiere of David T. Little's SIN-EATER, a work of ritual grotesquerie exploring the nature of power through its connection to eating and food. Led by Donald Nally, the multiple Grammy® Award-winning new music choir collaborates with Little, “one of the most imaginative young composers,” (The New Yorker) and the Bergamot Quartet for this Penn Live Arts co-commission. Drawing texts from across time and place, the work is rooted in the medieval practice of paying a poor person to “eat” the sins of the rich, juxtaposed with exploring who we ask to sin or suffer for us today.

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Oct 15 at 2 PM:
As part of our ListenHear series, join us before the show for a talk with SIN-EATER composer David T. Little, facilitated by Robert Maggio, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University.

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Commissioned by The Crossing, Donald Nally, conductor, and Penn Live Arts with support from the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program.

Media support for this performance provided by WRTI 90.1 fm.

Photo credits:
1: Clara Weishahn
2: Corey Hayes
3: Merri Cyr
4: Maria Allen