Haiti: Music of Life, Loss, and Hope features old and new string quartets by Haitian composers that combine Haitian and European musical elements. It includes Jean “Rudy” Perrault’s powerful “Exodus” String Quartet, which is dedicated to refugees around the world. It tells the gripping, pained story of a Haitian refugee, ending with the hope that life will be better for the next generation. It also features Robert Durand’s lively string quartet that evokes the music of Dvorak, Smetana, Haitian folk music, and the Haitian méringue dance. To finish, the concert will feature “Gason Vanyan” by Gifrants, which celebrates individual and collective solidarity, and “Clair de Lune” by Sabrina C D Jean Louis.
This is the fourth concert in Crossing Borders Music’s residency at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Crossing Borders Music:
Founded in 2011, Crossing Borders Music has become a leading interpreter of chamber music by composers from Haiti, Colombia, India, Egypt, Uganda, and pioneering, critically acclaimed presenter of music by graduates of the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education in Iran. Crossing Borders Music uses music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures by presenting music by composers from under-represented cultures to connect audiences to the world.