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The Crossroads Project Performance

The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide
Classical Series

Date & Price

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hall


Reserved Seating: $38

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $32*

Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission


Tickets limited. Sell out likely. 

Longwood Debut

The Crossroads Project is a collaboration of the Fry Street Quartet with climate physicist Dr. Robert Davies. This evocative performance about global sustainability weaves art and science together through music, prose, and stunning visual imagery—photographs by renowned environmental photographer Garth Lenz, paintings by Rebecca Allan, and the Fry Street Quartet’s commission of Rising Tide by American composer Laura Kaminsky. Inspired and candid, The Crossroads Project is an artistic response to one of the greatest challenges the world has ever known. 

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More about The Crossroads Project

The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide is an interdisciplinary performance about global sustainability set in “TED Talk” format, incorporating live music, visual art, and compelling science. The program features the Fry Street Quartet in collaboration with climate physicist and communicator Dr. Robert Davies, painter Rebecca Allan, noted environmental photographer Garth Lenz, and composer Laura Kaminsky.

Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes exploring the natural world from which we have emerged—and the human world that has emerged from us. Juxtaposing these two very different paradigms lays bare the starkly different paths before us, and the shining opportunity we have to carve a truly safe and just operating space for humanity. With an original score by Kaminsky, the music erects within each vignette a contemplative space for the audience to process what it is we now know.

The science of Rising Tide is the science of our existence on planet Earth. It is the science of water ... and soil ... and climate ... and life. It’s the science of food, and energy, and economy. It’s the chemistry of the oceans and the physics of complex systems. From water to life, ecosystems to agriculture, civilization to economy, energy to consumption, the science of Crossroads is a distillation of the very best state of our knowledge, arising from one of humanity’s great endeavors: the enterprise of science. 

Rising Tide is in four movements: H2O, Bios, Forage, and Societas. The images of Rising Tide–explicit and abstract–exalt the natural world and expose humanity's global assault upon it. From the boreal forests of Canada to the industrial sacrifice zones of China, from the ocean depths to the top of the atmosphere, audiences experience compelling, wondrous, and terrifying images from the hands and minds of internationally renowned photographers and artists. 

The Crossroads Project is about creating a more informed and engaged community with regards to issues of global sustainability through the complementary perspectives of art and science.

Find out more on their website. 

More about the Fry Street Quartet

Robert Waters: Violin
Rebecca McFaul: Violin
Bradley Ottesen: Viola
Anne Francis Bayless: Cello

This remarkable quartet, hailed as a triumph of ensemble playing” by The New York Times, is a multi-faceted ensemble taking chamber music in new directions. Touring music of the masters as well as exciting original works from visionary composers of our time, the Fry Street Quartet has perfected a “blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity (The Strad). Since securing the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to London and from Sarajevo to Jerusalem, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with “profound understanding ... depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness” (Deseret News).

The Fry Street Quartet has commissioned and toured new works by a wide range of composers and holds the Endowed String Quartet Residency at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Find out more on their website. 

*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.