GSCS I.III - Whither I go

"What We Leave Behind" by Amanda Boutwell

"What We Leave Behind" by Amanda Boutwell

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500 years of vocal music contemplating our shared mortality”

Tickets and concert information


20 Tickets per show ($55) in the Stairwell
Available starting Wednesday, March 13, 2019*  


Hor ch'è tempo di dormire - Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665) 
Fountain - Allison Clendaniel (b. 1990) 

Toccata VI - Alessandro Piccinini (1566- c. 1638)

Man that is born of woman - Henry Purcell (1659-1695) 
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott - Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) 
Totus tuus - Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) 

Toccata 8 - Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (c. 1580-1651)

De profundis - Josquin des Prez (ca. 1455-1521) 
Funeral Ikos - John Tavener (1944-2013) 
Make Peace - David Lang (b. 1957) 

Dawn - Meredith Monk (b. 1942)


6:30: Pre-concert talk - learn what to expect  
6:50: Prelude and Entrance to the Stairwell
8:00: Post-concert discussion and art exhibit  

Amanda Boutwell, concept art
Riggs Marietta, lighting design   
Kevin Bourassa, audio recording


This performance takes place in an actual stairwell. It is not considered handicap accessible for walkers or wheelchairs. If you have difficulty climbing stairs, please make that note when purchasing tickets and we will make every attempt to seat you on a landing which does not require any steps. Other performances will be in more handicap accessible venues, we're sorry for the inconvenience.

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Amanda Boutwell, artist

Amanda Boutwell, artist

Amanda Boutwell, artist

The body of work created by Baltimore artist, Amanda Boutwell, explores the relationship between order and chaos. Searching for a balance between accident and intention in her technique has lead her on an exploratory process of letting go. Metallic elements give her paintings structure and life as they interact with the changing light.

Amanda's piece "What We Leave Behind" (pictured above), is the conceptual heart of the concert. She worked with Green Stairwell's Art Curator, Jeffrey Gangwisch, to create a unique format of her piece to replace a more traditional paper program for the concert. All audience members will receive a limited edition of this art-print (signed and numbered), which will serve as a visual companion to the music, and a collectible piece of art to take home with them. Additional original pieces by Amanda will be present at the concert reception.


About "What We Leave Behind"

 "As a reaction to our overburdened lives, we search for beauty in simplicity and what is more simple than death. The ultimate unburdening of our bodies, our possessions. But what we leave behind is never as poetic as we hope. We reject a legacy of clutter and waste, while we covet the remains of creatures with simpler lives as memento mori."

-Amanda Boutwell

Meet the performers

Third Practice is a professional chamber vocal ensemble that seeks to bring the beauty of the human voice to new and broader audiences. Its mission is to bridge the gap between traditional classical and contemporary music through thoughtful and adventurous programming that explores the close connections between today's music and the music of the past. Third Practice is named after a term for the late style of composer Claudio Monteverdi, in which he is said to have fused elements of the older "first practice" with the contemporary "second practice," creating a rich new musical language. 

Since its founding in 2012, Third Practice has established itself as a leading voice for contemporary vocal music. Its opening benefit concerts of David Lang's little match girl passion raised thousands of dollars to fight homelessness in the local community. During the spring of 2013, Third Practice sang alongside The City Choir of Washington as the echo chorus for the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's Three Poems of George Herbert. A year later, the group enjoyed a further collaboration with Great Noise Ensemble and the Children's Chorus of Washington for the performance of Louis Andriessen's tour-de-force oratorio, La Commedia. Third Practice's artful singing won plaudits from the press, commending their "evocative heavy lifting" (Anne Midgette, The Washington Post) and "first-rate" musicality (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times). In 2015, the ensemble joined forces with the Three Notch'd Road and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble to perform Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, and had the pleasure of giving the first complete performance of the work ever presented in Richmond, VA. Third Practice has had the honor of performing as part of music series at Dumbarton Oaks, the National Gallery of Art, Mount St. Mary's University, the Baltimore War Memorial, the Castleton Festival, as well as in many noted venues in the Baltimore/Washington region. 

The musicians of Third Practice represent some of the finest vocal talent in the greater Washington area. Each concert draws upon an extensive roster of professional singers, varying in size according to the needs of the repertoire. Concerts seek to equip listeners with the tools necessary to engage with new works through informed programming and in-concert discussion. This approach endeavors to illuminate the inner workings of the music while tearing down barriers that too frequently discourage a first-time listening experience. In creating a welcoming performance space for listeners to experience new music, Third Practice seeks to build a larger audience for contemporary vocal music in Washington and beyond.

Live audio sample from "third practice"

Press - Third Practice

Bonus media