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Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the Minnesota Orchestra approached Carlos Simon, composer-in-residence at The Kennedy Center, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at The Kennedy Center, to commission a new work that honors the ongoing struggle for racial justice in Minnesota and beyond. Titled brea(d)th, the tribute had its world premiere at Orchestra Hall in May 2023. Explore interviews, the artists' statement and more about this work below. Plus, you can watch the entire performance on our Digital Concert Hall.


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Creating brea(d)th: a Conversation with Carlos Simon and Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, composer Carlos Simon and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph embrace the aspiration of racial equity through music-centered community healing. With brea(d)th, the artists and Orchestra lead us on a creative path of reflection, intention, and organized hope.

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From the Artists

Brea(d)th is a classical work, inspired by the enduring presence of George Floyd the Ancestor, asking America to consider an equitable future.

Video: Carlos Simon and Marc Bamuthi Joseph's brea(d)th: Reflections on a First Rehearsal