BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center will present the second concert in the EOS Project's inaugural season on Saturday, June 19.
The 5 p.m. performance will feature Kathy Andrew and Heather Sommerlad, violin; Emily Packard, viola; and Zon Eastes, cello.
On the program are Javier Álvarez's Metro Chabacano, Joel Thompson's In Response to the Madness, Caroline Shaw's Blueprint, Irene Sazer's Duet for Two Fiddles, and William Grant Still's Lyric String Quartette.
The EOS Project - “Educate. Open. Strengthen.” - is a direct response to questions about social justice as it pertains to the world of classical music and institutions such as the BMC.
Developed and led by Sommerlad, a BMC faculty member, EOS is envisioned as “a collaborative effort of BMC Music School faculty and other local musicians to actively seek out and intentionally study and perform music by composers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as composers who identify as anything other than cisgender male,” according to a news release.
“The EOS Project accepts that as our country reckons with its history of oppression, we as individuals must work to understand our own implicit biases,” the news release continues. “In the music world, bias can be seen in concert halls, both on stage and in the music performed.”