"A Wreath for Emmett Till", a Philharmini

  • White Plains, Hudson Valley
  • Jun 15, 2020 – Jul 04, 2020
  • Recurring daily
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Westchester Philharmonic presents a Philharmini: "A Wreath for Emmett Till," by Phil bassist Gregg August. This work, for jazz ensemble, strings, and singer, is part of a larger suite entitled Dialogues on Race, the result of a commission from the Jazz Gallery and Jerome Foundation. An extended suite for a 12 piece large jazz ensemble, plus 3 vocalists, strings and narrator, the extended work deals with the subject of race relations in the United States. He utilizes poems by Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Marilyn Nelson and others to create a musical conversation that is intended to help bring awareness and foster understanding on the issue of race. On the otherworldly “Mother Mamie’s Reflections,” the album also features the moving voice of Emmett Till’s mother reflecting on the infamous 1955 lynching of her son in Mississippi, her recollections set to a collective improvisation with bass clarinet, tuba and the visceral undertow of August’s arco bass. This excerpt utilizes a poem by Marilyn Nelson, which pays homage to the murdered young man's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who faced her unimaginable grief by asking an entire nation to face it with her.

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