59 minutes | Nov 15th 2020

Joel Thompson - A Soundtrack for Social Change

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If you missed composer and activist Joel Thompson's discussion during Homecoming of his celebrated work, The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, catch up on the Providence College Podcast.
This powerful work for chorus and chamber orchestra, written in 2014, commemorates unarmed members of the Black community who died due to police violence. The New York Times' feature on Thompson's piece, "He Turned 'I Can't Breathe' Into Protest Music," notes that it echoes the liturgical structure of Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ.”
The discussion, moderated by Dr. Krishan Oberoi, PC's director of choral activities, addresses the role of art and music as a force for social change.

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