Co-Presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Tippet Rise Art Center + Bay Chamber Concerts and filmed by Quarterly Films, This music collaboration created for film features Quodlibet Ensemble, a collective of virtuoso string players, and countertenor Reginald Mobley, who is as passionate about baroque and gospel music as he is social and political justice. In this film, created by violinist and Quodlibet’s founder Katie Hyun in collaboration with filmmaker and human rights activist Pastor Isaac Scott, the musicians perform Frederic Rzewski's Coming Together for narrator and ensemble, with text by Samuel Melville—one of the leaders of the revolt against police brutality at Attica Prison in 1971. Weaving together footage of the musicians performing solo at remote locations, this powerful work conveys a collective journey of moving from struggle to hope amidst challenging times. The film also includes the musicians performing songs and spirituals by early 20th century composer Florence Price, and J.S. Bach’s timeless Cantata No. 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just Resist Sin), recorded September 2020 at BAC’s John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio.
The artists are partnering with VOTESart, a non-partisan organization founded by two members of Quodlibet that combines musical performances with raising awareness about voters’ rights and voter registration.
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