International Day of Peace Observation: Apollo Chamber Players perform du Bois
at Rothko Chapel—Music of Peace and Reconciliation
In observation of International Day of Peace, join the Apollo Chamber Players for a program of music for string quartet by Syrian-American and American composers including Alexandra du Bois. Alexandra du Bois was moved by the on-going refugee crisis in Syria and by people displaced as a result of war and conflict to compose her latest string quartet, subtitled “Obala” or “Sea,” a piece about peace and knowledge that music travels over the sea and resettles along with all refugees and immigrants. Apollo Chamber Players commissioned and premiered du Bois’ fourth string quartet, Obala, in 2016 in Houston, Texas.
The program will include:
String Quartet No. 3: Mimisha (1985)…………..Philip Glass
Sorrow Song and Jubilee (2014)………………Libby Larsen
String Quartet in E-flat Major (2017)………..Malek Jandali
String Quartet No. 4: Obala (2016)…………..Alexandra du Bois
From Rothko Chapel:
“The Rothko Chapel is a spiritual space, a forum for world leaders, a place for solitude and gathering. It’s an epicenter for civil rights activists, a quiet disruption, a stillness that moves. It’s a destination for the 90,000 people of all faiths who visit each year from all parts of the world. It is the home of the Óscar Romero Award.
The space contains 14 murals created by American artist Mark Rothko. Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry were the architects.
Outside, Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk rises above the reflecting pool on the Plaza. The sculpture is dedicated to The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose active outer life in service of social justice, informed by a deeply spiritual interior life, resonated with founders John and Dominique de Menil. The couple also founded the nearby Menil Collection, which offers a different sort of unique experience.”