The Canary Who Sang (2016)
a String Quartet
2019 Juventas ENCORE! Audience Favorite | 2018 Juventas Call for Score Winner
7 minutes and 20 seconds
Violin I, Violin II, Viola, and Violoncello
June 8, 2019 at First Church Boston
Performers: Juventas New Music Ensemble
Brought into coal mines caged, canaries were used to warn the people around them that danger was coming. The Canary’s songs and chirps would sound in these dark, man made echo chambers. But, their silent deaths bring a final warning to the coal miners that the suffocating danger was imminent, prompting the miners to run for their safety. Their sacrifice saved many miners from deadly catastrophes. The Canary Who Sang is an allegorical comment on today’s political climate of how a single voice can disrupt, challenge, and change opposing and unrelenting forces of power.