Origins of An African American Requiem

With Damien Geter, composer of An African American Requiem and featured artists


Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 3:00 pm
Langston Room at Busboys and Poets | 2021 14th St NW



Earlier this week, the featured artists for Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem joined us at Busboys and Poets for a discussion about the works on the program including musical examples and Q&A with the audience.

We are so grateful to these wonderful performers for sharing their personal experiences as musicians and what An African American Requiem means to them.

FEATURED GUESTS

Scott Tucker, Choral Arts Artistic Director
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor and composer
Damien Geter, composer
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kenneth Overton, baritone
Wei-han Wu, piano

TIMING
60 minutes

ABOUT THE REQUIEM

Combining traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” this performance will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future.



This event will take place in person and be streamed to Choral Arts’ Facebook Page. Tickets for the in-person event will reserve your seat until 5 minutes before the event starts.


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Community Listening Experience

Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem


Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 9:00 pm
Virtual Concert Hall



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Tickets are free with registration and required to access the group discussion.




Ahead of the east-coast premiere of An African American Requiem, composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States, audiences have a rare opportunity to hear the work ahead of the concert.

Tune in to the live broadcast of the premiere on WQXR NYC or Portland All Classical to listen and join Choral Arts on Zoom to engage with Choral Arts singers and patrons as we share the experience of hearing this work together.

Listening Party ticket holders will receive a special offer to attend the east-coast premiere live at the Kennedy Center on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

ABOUT THE REQUIEM

Combining traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” this performance will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future.

PROGRAM

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (World premiere)
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FEATURED ARTISTS

William Eddins, Conductor

The African American Requiem Choir, featuring Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and members of regional choirs
Katherine FitzGibbon, Chorusmaster

Brandie Sutton, Soprano
Karmesha Peake, Mezzo-Soprano
Bernard Holcomb, Tenor
Kenneth Overton, Baritone
Renee Mitchell, Poet and Narrator
Oregon Symphony

PERFORMANCE TIMING
60 minutes



This is an online only event. Attendees will listen live on their personal devices and share the experience in the Virtual Zoom session through the chat.


All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.





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Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem

East-Coast Premiere


Monday, May 23, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Scott Tucker, conductor
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor



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Portland composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States receives its east-coast premiere at the Kennedy Center. Commissioned by the Portland based Resonance Ensemble, Geter’s An African American Requiem infuses the traditional Latin requiem with spirituals, modern declarations relating to racial violence against African Americans, as well as a setting of Ida B. Wells’s speech “Lynching is Color Line Murder” and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe.”

The program will open with DC composer Nolan Williams, Jr.’s Spirituals Suite for Choir and Orchestra.

THE PROGRAM
Nolan Williams, Jr.: Spirituals Suite for Choir and Orchestra (excerpts)

Movement 1. City Called Heaven
Movement 2. Done Made My Vow

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (East-coast premiere)

FEATURED PERFORMERS
Scott Tucker, conductor
Nolan Williams, Jr., guest conductor
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kenneth Overton, baritone
S. Renee Mitchell, poet and narrator

Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus
Scott Tucker, Artistic Director

Resonance Ensemble
Katherine FitzGibbon, Artistic Director

NEWorks Voices of America
NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra
Nolan Williams, Jr., Artistic Director

PERFORMANCE TIMING
First Half: 15 minutes | Intermission: 10 minutes | Second Half: 85 minutes

Concert art courtesy of Resonance Ensemble and Oregon Symphony.



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To keep everyone safe, masks are required for attendees.

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This performance is generously supported by:
The National Endowment for the Arts
Karen L. Florini and Neil R. Ericsson
Anne B. Keiser and Douglas M. Lapp
Barbara and Charles Rossotti
Katie and Dick Snowdon

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All programs, artists, dates, times, and content are subject to change.