No Capacity to consent
This spring, join Third Practice for what is sure to prove its most daring and moving concert to date. Our program, titled No Capacity to Consent, explores issues of feminine agency through two chamber oratorios: Carissimi's heartrending Jephte, and a newly-commissioned work by Canadian composer Tawnie Olson. Olson’s work will set to music the legal complaint filed by a pregnant woman which recounts how, after being stopped for a minor traffic violation in an American town infamous for police abuse, she was raped by a corrections officer. Olson also has an advantage (and a heavy responsibility) that Carissimi did not; she has spoken to the woman at the center of this work, and her lawyer, and has their permission to compose it. Unlike Jephte, this work is explicitly political; it is a reflection on our own culture, and the music will provide space for the audience to contemplate what happened and be moved to action by it. All proceeds from these concerts will go directly to organizations supporting victims of domestic abuse.
To learn more about Tawnie Olson's music, visit www.tawnieolson.com.
No Capacity to Consent was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/no-capacity-to-consent-2/
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Horning Theater, Mount St. Mary's University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM - St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Road, Frederick, MD
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
Third Practice will perform Carissimi's Jephte, along with selected motets, this June in Silver Spring as part of a free concert. Come hear the first great masterwork of the oratorio literature! Our performance will be followed by a short Vespers liturgy.
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM - St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 10103 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
What the Press is Saying
"[T]he entire evening proved a winner, the singers sustaining vocal energy, unfailing technique and expressive nuances throughout three vastly different works." - Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post
"The performers outdid themselves in showing what local forces with heart can offer. The eight members of the chamber chorus Third Practice did evocative heavy lifting." - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
"The production was presented by the first-rate Great Noise Ensemble and Third Practice vocal ensemble …" - Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times
"The effect was stunning as the large choir in the front of the church was answered by the ethereal voices of Third Practice." - Patrick D. McCoy, Washington Life Magazine