Music of Remembrance to Present ‘Stormy Seas’

By Nicolas Quiroga

Music of Remembrance returns to Benaroya Hall, to give its second live concert of the season, entitled “Stormy Seas.”

The showcase, set for March 13, 2022 will honor all people excluded or persecuted, because of their faith, nationality, ethnicity, and gender.

It is the first public performance of the Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia’s eponymous work “Stormy Seas,” which spotlights five true stories of young people who braved the danger of setting sail in search of safe shores with a focus on Nazi Germany, Communist Cuba, war-torn Vietnam, and the Taliban-infested Afghanistan. The program also explores Sephardic legacy with such works as “Rodas Recordada” by Canadian composer Sid Robinovitches.

Performers include baritone José Rubio, mezzo-soprano Karen Early Evans, soprano Vanessa Isiguen, guitarist Michael Partington, pianist Christina Valdés, and child actors Mia Habermann, Vritika Grupta, and Makayla Burley.