Music composed by Frank London, Libretto/Lyrics by Judith Sloan, Animated Visuals Warren Lehrer with assistance from Brandon Campbell.
This short excerpt reel is from the 2012 world premier, performed by Queens Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos, and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director. Featured Tabla Soloist, Deep Singh. Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations performed in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel , Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College.
1001 Voices: a Symphony for a New America is a three-movement symphony scored for orchestra, choir, actors, and visual projections. This new, multi-media orchestral work 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. It is inspired by stories of immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY—the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. A work of beauty and insight, 1001 Voices serves as an antidote to the poisonous and flattening rhetoric about immigrants and refugees currently dividing the United States and the globe.
More excerpts and information about the project coming soon. . . .