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Boston Music Group Helps Composer Realize ‘Requiem for the Enslaved’ – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – A new piece of music telling the stories of people sold into slavery by the founders of Georgetown University – performed by a Boston group – will be released over the weekend of June 16 to honor those who who were enslaved, said the composer.

Carlos Simon, composer-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, created the 45-minute multi-genre score “Requiem for the Enslaved” to tell the story of the 272 people who were enslaved by the founders of Georgetown in the 1830s were sold . The university apologized in 2016 and was working on a redress, but as a professor at the university, Simon said he wanted to be part of this conversation.

“As an African American, I was touched by the historic event. The hypocrisy, if you will, struck me,” Simon said. “But I also wanted to show that slavery is deeply rooted in the racism of the world.”

Requiem for the Enslaved features spiritual, classical and traditional church music along with spoken word, and the recording was made by Boston-based ensemble Hub New Music. Boston will also premiere the play at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in October.

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