"I Can't Breathe," an activist chorus performance directed by Josh Feintuch
Calling all choral singers!
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On July 17, 2014, an unarmed civilian was strangled to death by a police officer; on December 3 a grand jury declined to indict the officer with any charges, in spite of a shocking video clearly documenting the encounter and homicide.
Eric Garner's unintentional last words have become an elegy, an anthem, and a rallying cry. His spoken dialogue during the three-minute encounter sends a chill down the spine as we reflect on what language we might be remembered by if our lives were cut short so violently. "I Can't Breathe," a 10 min. piece for tenor, bass baritone, and chorus, uses as lyrics Garner's last words, beginning with "Get away/for what?" and concluding with repetitions of "I can't breathe."
After successfully completing a similar project planned around the People's Climate March, I would like to organize a grassroots choral ensemble to bring this piece to life. Artistic performance is a unique way to bring our message for justice to a wider audience. If you have sung choral music and have basic music reading ability (or are able to practice your part outside of rehearsal) I want you involved!
We will sing at several venues in NYC in May. For now, please sign up if you would like to be involved, with an understanding that you may not be able to attend all rehearsals/performances.
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