Cincinnati Symphony and Anthony McGill to premiere Davis’s “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”

Posted on: November 10, 2020

“In October, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra rehearsed onstage in Music Hall for a free ‘Live from Music Hall’ broadcast [featuring Anthony] McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, [as] soloist in a concerto called ‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent,’ ” writes Janelle Gelfand in Friday’s (11/6) Cincinnati Business Courier (OH). “The piece … was inspired by experiences of the composer, Anthony Davis, who is Black, when he has been stopped by law enforcement…. This digitally streamed concert … also includes works by Julia Perry and Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony…. The score is both jazzy and complex…. Davis has had ‘scary’ situations when stopped by police, he said, once when he was mistaken for someone who had robbed a bank…. With the clarinet as the protagonist, it sounded almost operatic…. The composer asks the musicians to speak phrases of the Miranda warning in a kind of song-speech. Music Director Louis Langrée spent some minutes rehearsing their enunciation, suggesting that they ‘be nasty, be mean.’ ” Langrée added, “It’s not a piece which imposes one view…. It is universal. Just like Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ was inspired by Napoleon, it still today speaks to us.”