Uprooted

Uprooted
Composer
Sarah Rimkus
Pages
20
Minutes
5:30
Language
English; Japanese
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Solos
Soprano solo
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Sparse, distant, minimal; Tense, with some edge; Dramatic, with dynamic contrasts
Description

This introspective work deals with the often overlooked history of Japanese and Japanese-American concentration camps during World War II. The text is adapted from interviews with two women who lived through internment in the Manzanar Concentration Camp in Washington state. The haunting music tells the emotional story of confinement and displacement, and ends with the quiet determination to “Let it not happen again”.

https://youtu.be/wwVrqT8K8bU

Audio Credit
Commissioned and premiered by The Esoterics, 5 October 2018 - Eric Banks, conductor; Ginny Randall, soprano; Liz O’Donoghue, soprano; Julia Jay, alto; Jonathan You, tenor; Chris Lewis, bass.