This program is a musical response to the current political atmosphere of this country. Music about the influence of money in politics (“Koch-aine”), socio-political breakdown (“He Got Dictators” and “The Fall of Empire”), violent racism (“Poem for Emmett Till”), and inconceivable misogyny (“Presidential Address”) reflect our feelings of anger, confusion, and despair. Cage’s joyous anarchistic “Apartment House, 1776”, a celebration of diversity and inclusion and Wolff’s “I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman”, a song of fierce determination to persist against odds, bookend the concert.
I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman–Christian Wolff
Poem for Emmett Till–William Roper
The Fall of Empire (selections)–Frederic Rzewski
He Got Dictators–Mary Jane Leach
Presidential Address–Daniel Felsenfeld, NYC
Apartment House, 1776–John Cage