Since its inception, NAT 28 has been committed to highlighting the many narratives of those who our society has historically ignored and silenced. NAT 28's final concert of the season In Spite of All This features works unearthing untold narratives.
The concert includes Miya Masaoka's string quartet Survival from the multi-disciplinary work Triangle of Resistance which references the 1942 US executive order that authorized the internment of Japanese Americans, the Russian Revolution, and symbols of feminist activism.* Tan Dun's Elegy - Snow in June for cello and four percussionists, meant to be "a lament to victims everywhere," is based on a 13th-century Chinese story of a woman who was executed for a crime she didn't commit. Two works for Pierrot ensemble will follow: Kati Agócs' Immutable Dreams titled after part of the final conversation Agócs shared with one of her oldest friends, and Lior Navok's Elegy to the Future, a work composed in reaction to war in the composer's home country of Israel, and the September 11 attacks in NYC. Navok says this work reflects his "sorrow, restlessness and fear for the future, caused by such events." Missy Mazzoli's work In Spite of All This, after which the program is titled, reflects the hope that we have for people to continue to thrive and create a better future for all despite current forces which seek to undermine that opportunity.
This concert is presented by the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Friends of Music Concert Series.