Join us for a three-part musical exploration entitled Lift Every Voice, hosted by Hamilton star Austin Scott. This virtual series will feature music of composers who come from historically marginalized communities.
The first installment will showcase four distinctive composers; Florence Price (1887–1953), the “first noted African-American female composer to gain national status” (florenceprice.org); Andy Akiho (b. 1979), “trailblazing” (LA Times) and “an imaginative composer” (NY Times) of our time; Allison Loggins-Hull (b. 1982), flutist, composer, and one part of the critically acclaimed multi-genre flute duo, Flutronix; and Viet Cuong (b. 1990), recently profiled by The Washington Post in “21 for ’21: Composers and performers to sound like tomorrow.” We are thrilled to collaborate again with our friends Aeolus Quartet and Sandbox Percussion for this digital production. The concert premieres on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST). Afterwards, there will be a virtual reception, via Zoom, with the artists.
Each Lift Every Voice concert will be paired with a free discussion as part of our kNOWit discussion series. To learn more about the music and the artists in this first concert, join us for kNOWit on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM (EST). This enlightening series is hosted by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez; he will be joined virtually by special guests Viet Cuong (composer), Rachel Shapiro (Aeolus Quartet), and Jonny Allen and Terry Sweeney (Sandbox Quartet). Registration is required to receive a Zoom link.
“As a great democratic society, we have a special responsibility to the arts. For art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color. What freedom alone can bring is the liberation of the human mind and a spirit which finds its greatest flowering in the free society. I see of little more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than the full recognition of the place of the artist.” – John F. Kennedy