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Gabriel Kahane: Magnificent Bird with the Oregon Symphony
April 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm PDT
Oregon Symphony joins Patricia Reser Center for the Arts’ Grand Opening Spring Season with the orchestral World premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Magnificent Bird, a new song cycle written in the final month of a year-long, complete hiatus from the internet. At once intimate and ambitious, Kahane’s latest work toggles between personal loss and a series of public crises that continue to roil the nation. Interspersed among this new collection of songs are selections from Book of Travelers, Gabriel’s musical account of an 8,980-mile train trip that he took in the aftermath of the 2016 election, as well as the uproarious Twitterkreis, nano-songs he began to release serially on Instagram in 2018.
Equal parts raconteur, songwriter, and cultural critic, Kahane promises to shepherd the audience through a cathartic evening that probes our individual and collective relationships to technology, and the consequences that emerge from the contemporary digital regime: to our planet, our body politic, our dignity, and, perhaps most crucially, our ability to love.
“An exercise in lyric beauty… [Kahane] is one of the finest, most searching songwriters of the day…”
— Alex Ross, The New Yorker