Many artists, moved by the tragedy of 9/11, were called on to create and dedicate work to honor the victims of the attacks. Composer John Adams was one of many who accepted such a call, and answered with his choral piece, On the Transmigration of Souls, which we hear tonight. Commissioned to write this large scale work by the New York Philharmonic, Adams used pre-recorded street sounds and the reading of victims names by friends and family members, combined with live choruses and full orchestra, to create a powerful and spiritual memorial captured in music. Also tonight, music of Carl and Gertrud Orff, and Kayhan Kalhor.
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