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Composed by Matthew Aucoin

Conducted by Matthew Aucoin

May 2526, 2018

West Coast premiere / concert performance

At the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

West Coast premiere: Matthew Aucoin's Crossing

Aucoin’s endlessly imaginative toolkit of effects and sublime playing by members of the LA Opera Orchestra, conducted by the composer, created an absorbing aural landscape

Laurence VittesBachtrack

The season’s notably diverse concert offerings included two concert performances of Crossing, an opera composed and conducted by Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin, presented at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, this haunting, compassionate work is intricately scored for chamber orchestra, with beautifully detailed choruses.


Matthew Aucoin


Walt Whitman
Rod Gilfry
John Wormley
Brenton Ryan
Freddie Stowers
Davóne Tines


Ensemble: Reid Bruton, Jason Francisco, Abdiel Gonzalez, Theo Hoffman, Omar Crook, Gregory Geiger, Juan Carlos Heredia, Charles Lane, Sal Malaki, Todd Strange, James Martin Schaefer, Joshua Wheeker

Presented in concert at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

LA Opera Off Grand and Matthew Aucoin’s residency made possible by a generous grant fromThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support from Contemporary Opera Initiative chairpersons Barry and Nancy Sanders and a consortium of generous donors

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