Minnesota Orchestra mourns George Floyd, offers “Music of Power and Grief for a Community in Pain” in new video

Posted on: June 4, 2020

The Minnesota Orchestra has posted a video, “Music of Power and Grief for a Community in Pain,” that mourns the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died in Minneapolis on May 25 when a white policeman pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes even as Floyd said he could not breathe. In the new video, four Minnesota Orchestra string musicians perform while complying with CDC coronavirus guidance about social distancing and masks. The video shows scenes of mourning and protest on the streets of Minneapolis. The orchestra made the following statement concerning the video: “The Minnesota Orchestra mourns with our community this week. We are grateful to those who have been speaking out against racial injustice over the course of decades, and we add our voice to theirs in solidarity. The Orchestra has a role to play in our community’s search for justice, and we are committed to listening, learning and taking action to effect change in the weeks and months ahead. In the immediacy of the moment, we share this musical response for a community in pain.” Watch the video here.