MUSIC composed by Frank London, LIBRETTO/LYRICS by Judith Sloan, VISUALS by Warren Lehrer.
This multi-media orchestral and choral work, inspired by the multi-ethnic America found in Queens, New York—the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States—is about migration, transformation, and the search for home. It is a 21st century, musical/poetic expression of the challenges and aspirations of so many of today’s American cities and their inhabitants who hail from many different parts of the globe. Originally commissioned and premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra in 2012, re-orchestrated and revised in 2017, 1001 Voices has new resonance as a moving counter-narrative to the poisonous and flattening rhetoric about immigrants, refugees and diversity currently infecting the USA (and parts of the world) today.
This reel of excerpts filmed and recorded December 14 & 16, 2017 at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College. Music Director: James Johns, Queens College Choral Society + a 30 piece orchestra. Featured soloists: tabla - Deep Singh; erhu - Feifei Yang; mezzo-soprano: Linda Collazo, soprano: Elizabeth Muñoz, tenor: Deepak Marwah, baritone: DeAndre Simmons. Spoken word: Judith Sloan, Francis Madi Cerrada, Monna Sabouri, Alicia Waller, Kai Liu, Krussia.
Art Direction, Video, Photography: Warren Lehrer. Animation assistance: Brandon Campbell. Orchestrations: Constantine Kitsopoulos. Andrew Griffin. Original commission and premiere: Queens Symphony Orchestra. Video documentation: Robert Winn, ManSee Kong. Video editing: Robert Winn, Warren Lehrer, Judith Sloan.
Funding for this project, concert, and production made possible with generous support from: New Music USA, The Mellon Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU), The Taft Institute for Government, The Queens College Foundation, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Aaron Copland School of Music.
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