Karen Slack To World Premiere Nansi Carroll’s ‘On My Journey Now: Five Spirituals’

By Francisco Salazar

Karen Slack will sing “On My Journey Now: Five Spirituals,” a world premiere by composer Nansi Carroll.

The concert, presented with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music, will feature The Daedalus Quartet in the Harold Pince Theater at Annenberg Center on Jan. 25, 2020.

The evening of music will explore migration through music, illustrating how centuries of cultural cross-pollination has enriched our artistic and spiritual life. The quartet will perform works that exhibit the richness and complexity of this cultural convergence. In addition to Slack’s rendition of Carroll’s world premiere, the program will include pieces by Sofia Gubaidulina, Osvaldo Golijov, and Tan Dun, with Min Xiao-Fen on the Chinese pipa.

In a statement the quartet noted,  “Music truly has no borders, unifying through the universality of the human experience.”

This season, Slack is returning to the Metropolitan Opera in a production of “Porgy and Bess.” She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as Opera Philadelphia’s O Festival.

Meanwhile, the Daedalus Quartet is The University of Pennsylvania’s quartet-in-residence.