MOR's 20th season spring concert features a world premiere by composer Christophe Chagnard, inspired by Japanese and Japanese American experiences during WWII. The program also features a selection of Holocaust-era chamber music that speaks to the resiliency and courage of those artists who dared to create in the darkest of times.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry – a majority of them American citizens – were forced to detention camps scattered across the western United States. French-American composer Christophe Chagnard’s work Gaman focuses on the experience of people forced into incarceration camps because of their Japanese ancestry during World War II. The title refers to the struggle to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity. Combining traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, this work brings a powerful story to life through testimonies of the words and images created by three artists and poets during their captivity in the Minidoka camp: the words of poet Suma Yagi,the images of Roger Shimomura, and journal entries and art work of Kamekichi Tokita and Takuichi Fujii.
For more information and the full program, visit MOR's website.