Arizona State University orchestra concert to showcase diverse voices with “Towards a More Perfect Union”

Posted on: September 23, 2019

“Award-winning composers are collaborating with the ASU Symphony Orchestra for the debut performance of ‘Towards a More Perfect Union’ to address social issues and challenges of our time” on October 5, writes Jadin Roberson in Thursday’s (9/19) State Press, the student newspaper of Arizona State University. “Daniel Roumain, a professor of practice in the School of Music, is a co-director and composer of ‘Towards a More Perfect Union,’ [which] will tell the stories of multiple different artists through different mediums, including spoken-word and music. ‘We don’t have enough people of color and or women writing for the orchestra in such a dramatic way,’ Roumain said.… Jeffery Meyer, co-director for ‘Towards a More Perfect Union,’ and [Roumain] put together a commission competition…. The winner [was] Carlos Simon, an African American composer, [for his piece ‘This Land’].… Michelle Di Russo, a third-year doctoral student in orchestral conducting … will be conducting … ‘This Land.’ ‘It is such an honor to be part of this inspiring project, especially as a female and Latinx immigrant in this country,’ Di Russo said.” Also on the program will be works by contemporary composers Joan Tower, Martha Gonzalez, Tamar-Kali Brown, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Joel Thompson.   

Posted September 23, 2019