[Skip to Content]Privacy Policy
New York, NY

World Premiere of Composer Robert Sirota's Two Variations on America the Beautiful

On Friday, July 9, 2021, pianist Min Kwon will give the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota's Two Variations on America the Beautiful, presented by Death of Classical's Angel's Share series at Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th St., Brooklyn, NY). Sirota composed these variations - ". . . alabaster cities . . ." and ". . . God mend thine every flaw . . ." - as part of Min Kwon's project America/Beautiful, for which she commissioned a diverse group of more than 70 of today's leading American composers to each compose a variation on America the Beautiful. In addition to Sirota, the composers on July 9 include Timo Andres, Sebastian Currier, Tyson Davis, Fred Hersch, Vijay Iyer, Tania León, George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Gity Razaz, and Melinda Wagner. Kwon's goal was to paint a sonic picture of her adopted country in all of its sprawling complexity, and ultimately try to find the beauty at the core of the American experiment and its credo of e pluribus unum (out of many, one). She explains, "Ultimately this project is about embracing our diversity, and remembering that by understanding, appreciating, and celebrating our differences, we become stronger both as individuals and as a country. The fact that 70 composers can hear the same song in a completely different way is, to me, something truly beautiful." The 70+ world premiere performances that make up America/Beautiful will take place over six days, beginning July 4, 2021, with a series of free streamed video performances by Kwon followed by discussions with the composers. Of his Two Variations on America the Beautiful, Sirota says, "Every new work presents particular challenges. In this case, the challenge is composing short variations intended as part of a large communal work. Given that the subject is America, the form of this project could not be more appropriate. Our country is supposed to be about creating unity out of diversity; about making sure that all voices are h
  • Start:July 09, 2021
  • End:July 09, 2021
  • Recurring
  • Where:The Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th Street,, Kings County, New York, United States, 11232
  • Phone:N/A
  • Event Type: Other
  • Ticket Price:N/A


Captcha Code
* Required Fields

Check Rates