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AN AFRICAN AMERICAN REQUIEM

May 23 | 7:30 PM 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | 1037 SW Broadway 

“...When Resonance Ensemble proposed this partnership we enthusiastically agreed.”
— Scott Showalter., Oregon Symphony President

Oregon Symphony and Resonance Ensemble join forces to present the World premiere of An African American Requiem, Portland composer Damien Geter’s bold, thought-provoking musical response to violence against African Americans in the United States. Combining traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and the famous last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” this performance will honor past and present victims of racial violence and spur reflection on how to build a more hopeful future. 

Conductor, TBA 

The African American Requiem Choir, featuring Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and members of regional choirs 

Katherine FitzGibbon, chorusmaster
Brandie Sutton, soprano
Karmesha Peake, mezzo-soprano
Bernard Holcomb, tenor Kenneth Overton, baritone 

S. Renee Mitchell, poet and narrator 

Damien Geter: An African American Requiem (World premiere) 


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Single Tickets available online September 1, 2019