Oregon Symphony world premiere of “An African American Requiem” by Damien Geter

Posted on: April 22, 2022

On May 7, the Oregon Symphony will perform the world premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. The Requiem is a musical response to violence against Black Americans, and combines traditional Latin Requiem texts with civil rights declarations, poetry, and Eric Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe.” The composer, a bass-baritone, is currently interim music director and artistic advisor of Portland Opera. William Eddins will conduct the performance, which will include vocal soloists, poet and narrator S. Renee Mitchell, and singers from Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Ensemble, and regional choirs. The performance will be broadcast on All Classical Portland radio 89.9 FM and allclassical.org, with a live simulcast on New York classical radio station WQXR.