Music Of Remembrance To Present Two World Premieres

By Francisco Salazar

Music of Remembrance is set to open its 22nd season with the world premieres of two works.

The company will present Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Passage” and Shinji Eshima’s “Veritas.”

Sakamoto’s “Passage” is a compelling work for string quartet with text by Kareem Lotfy and depicts the struggle of a refugee seeking to escape violence and persecution in his home country in the Middle East.

Meanhwhile, “Veritas,” combines music of Japanese American composer Shinji Eshima with media design by Kate Duhamel of sculptures by Al Farrow. Veritas will showcase statements about the frightful consequences of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and religious intolerance of all kinds.

The program will also include Paul Schoenfield’s searing “Camp Songs,” with baritone Erich Parce directing a new dramatic production and soprano Karen Early Evans performing.

The performance is set to for Nov. 3 at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA.