Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Presents Alvin Singleton's Jasper Drag
Feb. 01, 2021
On February 4, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will present Alvin Singleton's Jasper Drag as part of a free virtual performance titled "New Milestones II: Space (Liminality in Line). The concert, featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Chad Hoopes, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, may be viewed here.
Jasper Drag was commissioned by Michigan State University and the Phillips Collection for the Verdehr Trio. The title refers to the June 7, 1998 Jasper, Texas incident, wherein three white men dragged a black man to his death after chaining him to the back of a pickup truck. The composer writes, “This composition is not intended to tell a story, or even to evoke images. 'Jasper Drag' is meant to be a marker on the collective memory of a nation still growing. The score is inscribed to the memory of James Byrd, Jr., the victim of this racially motivated act.”
(Bent Frequency Presents Alvin Singleton's Jasper Drag on their program "From a Distance";
a discussion and performance of the work begins at 14:30)
To learn more about Alvin Singleton, visit: schott-music.com.
Jasper Drag (2000)
for clarinet, piano and violin