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America/Beautiful is a project by pianist and arts advocate Min Kwon, in which she has commissioned a diverse group of more than 70 of today’s leading American composers to each compose a variation on “America the Beautiful.”

Kwon's hope is to paint a sonic picture of her adopted country in all of its sprawling complexity, and ultimately try to find the beauty at the core of the American experiment and its credo of e pluribus unum (out of many, one).

About the Project

"As an immigrant, America has so many different meanings to me. These past few years have left us so deeply divided, and I have often asked myself what kind of a country I will be leaving to my two daughters - whose birthdays happen to fall on President's Day and the Fourth of July.

Ultimately this project is about embracing our diversity, and remembering that by understanding, appreciating, and celebrating our differences, we become stronger both as individuals and as a country. The fact that 70 composers can hear the same song in a completely different way is, to me, something truly beautiful."

Min Kwon
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The 70+ world premiere performances that make up America/Beautiful will take place over six days, beginning July 4, 2021, with a series of free streamed video performances by Kwon followed by discussions with the composers. The series will culminate in two live programs in a Brooklyn Catacomb July 8 and 9.

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The Composers

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The 70+ composers who have contributed to America/Beautiful offer a true cross-section of America, representing all ages, races, genders and backgrounds. The group includes multiple winners of Grammys, Emmys, MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Pulitzer, Grawemeyer, Guggenheim, Rome and Doris Duke Prizes, and more.

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Samuel Adler

A Celebration of our Beautiful Nation

Timo Andres

American Coda

Kris Bowers

Viet Cuong

America the Beautiful: Echo Chamber

Richard Danielpour

DESECRATION

Reena Esmail

America/Desh

John Harbison

Getting the Upper Hand on America

Jake Heggie

Undiscovered

Fred Hersch

The Variation of America

Huang Ruo

Meditation on 'America the Beautiful'

Vijay Iyer

Crown Thy Good

Aaron Jay Kernis

Epilogue: End of the Dream

George Lewis

Tania León

Nico Muhly

Refine

Shulamit Ran

America Summer 2020 [the Beautiful]

Terry Riley

Crown of Brotherhood

Daniel Bernard Roumain

america, NEVER beautiful

Augusta Read Thomas

FUSION

Pamela Z

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