2017 - 2018 Commissions
Read the 2017-18 season press release here.
Music of Remembrance's 2018 commissions will feature two major new works, focusing on Japanese and Japanese-American experience. We have commissioned Christophe Chagnard, a French-American composer and conductor, to create a multi-media work on America’s internment of US citizens and residents of Japanese descent during World War II. Chagnard plans to tell much of this story through the imagery and words of two artists: Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964) and Kamekichi Tokita (1897–1948). Both emigrated to the United states and by the 1930s had become prominent artists with paintings included in major exhibitions. During the war, they were forced with their families to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho, one of 10 geographically scattered detention camps where 120,000 people were incarcerated. Fujii and Tokita kept deeply expressive diaries that, along with their drawings and paintings from Minidoka, serve as powerful documentation of the Japanese-American wartime experience. Our second commission for the concert is a new work by Keiko Fujiie, one of Japan’s most prominent composers today. Fujiie’s work, for voices and an ensemble of Western and Japanese instruments, will be a musical setting of poems by survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.