Joel Thompson’s choral/orchestral work The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed is an example of music facing a societal conversation and traumatic event head-on. The piece was performed in Nashville two seasons ago, and it hasn’t become any less relevant in the meantime.
A panel of musicians, arts administrators, and clergy joined together for a panel discussion of advocacy in the arts, focused on Thompson’s piece as an example. In this episode of Classically Speaking, highlights from that discussion are woven together with Thompson’s music.
- Composer Joel Thompson
- Conductor Kelly Corcoran
- Choir Director Margaret Campbell-Holman
- Countertenor Patrick Dailey
- Activist and Singer Lauren Fitzgerald
- Pastor John Faison
To download a transcript of this episode, click here: CS_32_Transcript