MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Saunder Choi and Seattle Pro Musica

Seattle Pro Musica presents New Colossus, the latest in its  New American Composer Series, a five-concert series celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary with commissions and Seattle residencies by BIPOC composers from across the country. This edition features composer Saunder Choi‘s new work, Never Again, which addresses the issue of gun violence in America. Choi writes: “In the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman wrote: ‘May we not just grieve, but give: May we not just ache, but act’ in her poem Hymn for the Hurting. This call to action is the inspiration behind Never Again, a commentary about the true cost of freedom in a country where the intersection of politics, capitalism, and gun lobbies stands in the way of sensible legislation.”

The program is on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Seattle First Baptist Church, Seattle, WA; pre-concert conversation at 7pm. Tickets here. You can also see it online but need to register before the performance begins here.

Complete Program:

Spark by Eric William Barnum (b. 1979)

New Colossus by Saunder Choi (b. 1988)

My spirit sang all day by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Never again by Saunder Choi (world premiere)

Earth teach me by Rupert Lang (b. 1948)

Welcome Table by Saunder Choi

Leron, Leron Sinta: traditional Filipino song, arr. by Saunder Choi

A Journey of Your Own by Saunder Choi

Filed under: choral music, commissions, Seattle Pro Musica


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