Manchester Collective: Rothko Chapel at The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester Collective: Rothko Chapel
The Bridgewater Hall
10th May 2024

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Rothko Chapel with Isobel Waller-Bridge

What would it feel like to be inside a painting by Mark Rothko? In this audio-visual live concert at Bridgewater Hall, musicians and composers turn to the painter’s immense canvases for inspiration, reimagining them through sound and light.

At the heart of the experience is Morton Feldman’s sonic meditation for chamber choir, solo viola, celeste and percussion. The 30-minute piece was written as a tribute to the abstract artist shortly after he took his life, and references the chapel housing his formidable black paintings. A unique lighting installation frames this musical journey, beckoning listeners to find a space of introspection and contemplation.

Four world premieres capture the emotional essence of Rothko’s art. Be the first to hear new commissions by composers working at the cutting edge of contemporary classical music, including Isabella Summers, founding member of Florence and the Machine; film and TV composer Isobel Waller-Bridge; Edmund Finnis; and Katherine Balch.

With its haunting beauty and resonance, Rothko Chapel invites us to explore the depths of our inner world and connect with the transcendent power of art.

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