Empyrean Ensemble: “Rzewski’s ‘Coming Together’”
Sam Nichols, director
This program will range widely with a groundbreaking work from 50 years ago and new works by faculty and alumni. Frederic Rzewski wrote Coming Together in 1972 in response to an uprising at Attica prison the year before. It uses lyrics based on letters by Sam Melville, an Attica inmate and uprising leader killed by police. The ensemble of professional musicians will be joined by student musicians and vocalist-actor Omai Tau for the work.
There will be a Preconcert Discussion from 6:15 to 6:45 pm with Empyrean director Sam Nichols and composers Phil Acimovic and Pablo Ortiz.
Philip Acimovic (Ph.D. composition ‘18): Echo Flute WORLD PREMIERE
Annea Lockwood: Immersion
Pablo Ortiz: Flying
Objects WORLD PREMIERE
with video by Daniel Godsil (Ph.D. composition ‘21)
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (Part I)
with Omari Tau, voice