Through a grant from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, Community MusicWorks commissioned two new works for the Providence String Quartet to perform during the 08-09 season.
One piece, The Kompa Variations by Daniel Bernard Roumain, received it premiere at Providence's RISD Auditorium in October. The second piece, Earned by Anthony Green, will be performed for the first time at Providence's John Hope Settlement House on Friday evening, May 15. The performance will be repeated the following afternoon (May 16) at the United South End Settlements in Boston, MA.
Historically, settlement houses have fulfilled a dual role, providing both a place of refuge for immigrants, and a haven for the arts in chronically under-served neighborhoods. Most were located in crowded immigrant neighborhoods of industrial cities, where settlement workers provided services for neighbors and sought to remedy poverty. As it deals with the related themes of immigration and citizenship, we feel that it is most appropriate for Earned to receive its debut performances at two settlement houses.
Anthony was recently in Rochester, NY for the performance of another work, 3 Groups. Read about it here.
More information about the "mini-tour" will be shared next month...
-Heath Marlow, CMW staff