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

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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. 

Kazem Abdullah, Conductor

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