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The Center at West Park Presents
Reparations NOW! is Ensemble Pi’s new project, inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s best-seller book, How to Be an Antiracist – both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations for the African-American community. Focusing on social justice, the new-music collective Ensemble Pi has presented concerts in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality and systemic racism since 2015. This new project features works from a diverse group of talented composers, including world premieres by Allison Loggins-Hull, Angélica Negrón, and Trevor Weston, and a composition by Courtney Bryan —all commissioned by Ensemble Pi. It also includes Georg Friedrich Haas’ I can’t breathe (In memoriam Eric Garner), and a musical improvisation, Requiem for Elijah, based on the last words of Elijah McClain.
Join us after the performance for a Q&A with Idith Meshulam and the composers.
Courtney Bryan: Elegy (2018)
Piano, clarinet, violin, cello
Georg Friedrich Haas: I can’t breathe (In memoriam Eric Garner) (2014)
Allison Loggins-Hull: Pattern (2020, World Premiere)
With text from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
Piano, flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello
Angélica Negrón: Conversación a distancia (2020, World Premiere)
Piano, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello, accordion
Trevor Weston: Pinkster Kings (2020, World Premiere)
Piano, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello, narrator and conductor
Requiem for Elijah (2020)
Improvisation for any combination of instruments and/or voices, based on Elijah McClain’s last words.
Idith Meshulam (piano), Allison Loggins-Hull (flute), Moran Katz (clarinet), Wayne Dumaine (trumpet), Bill Trigg (percussion), Airi Yoshioka (violin), Alexis Gerlach (cello), Angélica Negrón (accordion), and Damian Norfleet (narrator), with Trevor Weston (conductor).