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Musical Offerings for Human Rights

Building awareness with the universal language of music

A series of three online events combining performances from the ensemble’s digital archives with current conversations.


Each anchored by our shared conviction that the more we explore, experience, and understand cultural differences and varying viewpoints as captured in music, the more we honor and celebrate every individual's right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Works by composers Luciano Berio, Valerie Coleman, Kyle Gann, Wendell Logan, Chinary Ung, Chou Wen-chung

Bruce Adolphe, Carman Moore, Harvey Sollberger, hosts

Kyle Gann, Michael Lipsey, David Rakowski, David Sanford, Whitney Slaten,  Chinary Ung, speakers

Patricia Spencer, curator

SEE & HEAR all three events in this series

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7 pm EDT

Hearing the African-American Experience


Wendell Logan’s Runagate, Runagate, a musical embodiment of the spirit and determination to be free, and Berio’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., O King


Carman Moore, host

David Sanford, David Rakowski, Da Capo's Patricia Spencer and Steven Beck, speakers

Wendell Logan – Runagate, Runagate (1989) 

Robert Mack, tenor soloist | Curtis Macomber, violin | ChrisGross, cello | Patricia Spencer, flute and piccolo | Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet and bass clarinet | Christopher Oldfather, guest piano | Michael Lipsey, guest percussion | Marcus Parris, conductor

Performance from: February 12, 2020 at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, NYC

Luciano Berio – O King (1968) 

Lucy Shelton, soprano | Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello | Patricia Spencer, flute | Meighan Stoops, clarinet | Steven Beck, piano

Performance from: May 1, 2017 at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, NYC

SEE & HEAR this YouTubePremiere



Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 7 pm EDT

Asian Echoes

Chinary Ung’s Child Song, delighting in and preserving Cambodian song in a time when it was forbidden, plus Chou Wen-chung’s Ode to Eternal Pine, a musical reflection of the Chinese terms “tian di ren – heaven, earth, and humanity”

Harvey Sollberger, host

Chinary Ung, Michael Lipsey, members of Da Capo Chamber Players, speakers

Chinary Ung – Child Song (1985) 

Patricia Spencer, flute | Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello |  
Steven Beck, piano

Performance from:  June 5, 2019 at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, NYC

Chou Wen-chung – Ode to Eternal Pine (2009)

Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello | Patricia Spencer, flute | Nuno Antunes, guest clarinet | Steven Beck, piano | Michael Lipsey, guest percussion 

Performance from: June 5, 2019 at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, NTC

Lia Di Stefano, images | Andrés León, video

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 7 pm EDT

Paean To Merging Cultures

Exploring sounds of Native American history — merged with African American history in Valerie Coleman’s Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes — and as memorialized in Kyle Gann's Hovenweep.

Bruce Adolphe, host

Kyle Gann, Whitney Slaten, Curtis Macomber, Patricia Spencer, speakers

Valerie Coleman – Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (2014)

Curtis Macomber violin | Chris Gross cello | Patricia Spencer flute | Marianne Gythfeldt clarinet | Steven Beck piano

Performance pre-recorded for August 13, 2021 virtual National Flute Association Convention. Recorded on June 11, 2021, Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY, by Judith Sherman and Charles Mueller.


Kyle Gann – Hovenweep (2000)\

Curtis Macomber, violin | Chris Gross, cello | Patricia Spencer, fluteMarianne Gythfeldt, clarinet | Margaret Kampmeier, guest piano

Performance from: March 10, 2020 at The László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Performance Space, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

SEE & HEAR this YouTubePremiere



Hovenweep is an ancient, highly developed, and well-preserved village on the Utah-Colorado border, occupied by the Anasazi from 500 BC to 1300. The Anasazi (the “Ancient Ones”) are thought to be ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians.

Consultants for Musical Offerings for Human Rights


Amy Roberts Frawley, producer; Hemsing Associates, public relations ,  Andrés León, technical director;  Lia Di Stefano, graphic designer, Sarah Elia, social media

Background music: Petroushkates (1980) by Joan Tower, founding pianist of Da Capo Chamber Players, commissioned by the ensemble in honor of its 10th anniversary – performance by Da Capo Chamber Players at Bard College, September 10, 2014

This series is dedicated to the memory of Bernard Hulbert, MD


This concert series of the Da Capo Chamber Players was made possible in part with public funds from: 


National Endowment for the Arts – which believes that a great nation deserves great art


They are also made possible with private funds from: The Aaron Copland Fund, The Alice M. Ditson Fund,  The Amphion Foundation, Hulbert Charitable Trust, Zethus Fund, and generous individuals

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