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Music by Carlo Gesualdo
Conducted by Joe Miller
Photography by Tom Kiefer
The suffering we carry
Soap, shoelaces, wallets, bibles—personal items or contraband, confiscated or lost? In Tom Kiefer’s photographs, migrants’ possessions discarded at an Arizona U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility render strong emotions.
For this distinctive choral-and-visual experience, Kiefer’s work is paired with that of Carlo Gesualdo, a late-Renaissance composer whose progressive music influenced composers from Stravinsky to Boulez some 350 years after his death. At a lutenist’s first note, Westminster Choir singers lead the audience on foot through Memminger Auditorium, performing settings from Gesualdo’s Responsoria—a cycle from Holy Week Tenebrae services—and pausing at each image for reflection and song.
Images from Tom Kiefer’s El Sueño Americano – The American Dream will be on view at Memminger Auditorium on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Viewings are free and open to the public.