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The Promontory Point is a lush, man-made peninsula jutting out into the wide blue of Lake Michigan. The “Point” was built from landfill and protected by a seawall made from limestone blocks and recycled concrete blocks of road. During the pandemic, it offered a place of verdant respite for South Side residents. Socially distanced picnics, barbecues, and gatherings scattered the point. The poetry of “Touch the Water” depicts one such gathering, though rather than a scene of social assembly it depicts a moment of romantic ambivalence. The baritone voice and solo cello intersect and crisscross depicting the tension between the woman and “you.” The dual sources of light, from the moon and the surveillance streetlight, are depicted in the cello’s open chords. In the climax of the piece, the woman takes on the mythical presence of the siren calling “you” to the water, whose waves undulate like the cello’s tremolo.


Artistic Team

Concept/Commissioning/Music Direction
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, & the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Chicago Fringe Opera is an Opera America Partner.