Thursday, Oct 1, 2020, 5:00pm
A 60-minute digital performance available to hear/watch from From October 1 until Election Day. The music collaboration created for film features Quodlibet Ensemble, a collective of virtuoso string players, and countertenor Reginald Mobley. In the film, entitled Coming Together, the musicians perform Frederic Rzewski’s eponymous score based on a text written by Samuel Melville while he was incarcerated in Attica Prison. The full program – recorded at remote locations and at Baryshnikov Arts Center this month – also includes the musicians performing works by Florence Price, the first African American female composer to gain national status, and J.S. Bach’s timeless Cantata No. 54,Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just Resist Sin).
The project is presented in partnership with VOTESart, a non-partisan organization that combines musical performances with raising awareness about voters’ rights and voter registration. The film is directed by Pastor Isaac Scott, an award-winning social impact, multimedia artist and human rights activist who was formerly incarcerated and now works to counter negative narratives of people whose lives have been impacted by the justice system.