Help our Vision/ Nature, Machines and The Apocalyptic Sublime

In the interest of connecting contemporary classical music to something larger

that encompasses all members of the human race, the City of Tomorrow will embark on a three-year venture to create a three-CD concept album that connects our personal relationships with nature, technology, and apocalypse.

Historically, the fear of death has been confronted in art through depictions of storms, dark forests, unstoppable armies, and other suprahuman forces. These artistic confrontations create an aesthetic category called the Sublime, and they allow the audience to experience a violent awe and spiritual transcendence of such fear. This triple album will illustrate a three-part transformation of the Sublime:  the natural imagery of the Romantic Era, the urban and mechanical imagery of the Industrial Age, and contemporary vehicles of the Sublime -- climate change, man-made ecological disasters, and apocalypses.

Each album will include a new work for wind quintet that we have commissioned from young American composers Nat Evans, John Aylward, and Hannah Lash. This will not only be a recording project -- these three programs will shape our seasons for the next three years, giving this music the chance to be heard as we tour throughout the country.

In order to make this vision come alive, we need your support. The total cost of producing these three recordings is more than $50,000. A part of that will be funded by grants, corporate support and sales.

Thank you for your support - including funding from the University of Memphis and private donors, we have already raised over $20,000 for this project.

Help us construct this project and inspire audiences to think about these themes in new ways. Be a part of making contemporary wind chamber music a significant medium of expression and change.