The Dream Unfinished, clarinetist Eun Lee’s “activist orchestra”

Posted on: July 25, 2018

“In 2014, as Black Lives Matter swelled to national attention following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the clarinetist and music teacher Eun Lee decided that it was time to act,” writes William Robin in Sunday’s (7/22) New York Times. “ ‘As we were seeing a response from rap musicians and folk musicians and now more and more pop musicians, there was no such response from the classical music community,’ she told The New York Times in 2016. So Ms. Lee organized the Dream Unfinished, a concert that raised money for civil rights groups. The Dream Unfinished, which calls itself an ‘activist orchestra,’ has addressed issues that are more overtly political than those the classical music world typically highlights. This year, its focus is immigrant rights, and its Sanctuary Festival will conclude with a concert at Manhattan’s Saint Peter’s Church on July 27. Teaming with the ensemble Contemporaneous as well as the pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and the violinist Jennifer Koh, it will present music by composers who identify with their immigrant roots.”

Posted July 25, 2018

Pictured: Eun Lee speaks at a Dream Unfinished concert in 2016. Photo by Olivia Latney