Oct 08, 2016
from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
|Where||8.00pm, Jesus College Chapel|
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tick tock presents
Saturday, 8 October 2016, 8.00pm
Jesus Chapel at Jesus College, Cambridge
Frederic Rzewski's Coming Together is a startlingly beautiful and deeply political work for spoken voice and instrumental ensemble. The text for the piece originates from a letter by political protester Sam Melville, written while he was in prison in the Attica Correctional Institute; two years after this letter was written, he was killed in the Attica Prison Riots, one of the most important events of the prison rights movement in the United States. In this light, Melville's observations—"the indifferent brutality, incessant noise"—and Rzewski's setting of the text continue to be particularly relevant in today's climate of political extremism, racism, and dysfunctional incarceration systems.