Calling out for human rights.
A concert featuring trailblazing composers, poets, and activists showcasing dynamic new works that look to our past to inspire a better future. Join us and be the first to hear the world premiere of From the Book of Sankofa, a new work commissioned by Resonance Ensemble composed by critically acclaimed jazz pianist Darrell Grant (who ‘Gramophone’ calls “a composer of substance”) with poetry by award-winning writer, A. Mimi Sei.
The evening also includes:Works by Joel Thompson, known for his powerful choral work Seven Last Words for the Unarmed and his opera The Snowy DayMelissa Dunphy’s Amendment: Righting Our Wrongs, a piece that juxtaposes voices of the founding fathers with those of minoritized women fighting for universal voting rights, including Ida B. Wells and Stacy Abrams.Guest performer Nancy Ives will play cello, both on the Grant world premiere and in the DunphyTaylor Stewart, the visionary founder of the Oregon Remembrance Project, who will share impactful stories throughout the performance, including those of Alonzo Tucker, Oregon’s most widely documented African American victim of lynching. Stewart, known for his thought-provoking TEDx Talk, “How do you reconcile a lynching?,” will also highlight the Oregon Remembrance Project’s groundbreaking work, aiming to reconcile Oregon’s history of racial injustice and pave the way for meaningful social change.
Featured Artists, Performers, and Partners
Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon, Artistic Director, Conductor
Shohei Kobayashi, Associate Conductor
Resonance Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Darrell Grant, Commissioned Composer (From the Book of Sankofa)
A. Mimi Sei, Commissioned Poet (From the Book of Sankofa)
Joel Thompson, Composer
Melissa Dunphy, Composer
Oregon Remembrance Project, Taylor Stewart (Director)