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Shaw, Sagan, and Searching: 'The Listeners' / 98.7WFMT - Chicago

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"For centuries, millennia, we humans have looked at the stars and wondered about our place in the universe and what's beyond. That's what I wanted to dig into," reflects musician-composer-producer Caroline Shaw on her latest work, The Listeners, a commission by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. "It's a piece about the wonderment of the human condition and actually looking inward at ourselves as people and thinking about whether we are truly kind to each other."

In Shaw's greatly accomplished career, she has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, collaborated with rapper-producer Kanye West, and won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for her piece Partita for 8 Voices. But some of Shaw's most recent work has come from her fruitful collaborations with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which form the new album PBO & Caroline Shaw. The record features both of Shaw's PBO commissions to date. The first, entitled Is A Rose, sets poems from the 18th and 21st centuries to music, bridging the Baroque and contemporary eras.