A symphony for Eric, choked to death by New York’s finest

A symphony for Eric, choked to death by New York’s finest


norman lebrecht

July 17, 2015

From one of our readers:

I am a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a frequent reader of Slipped Disc.  I am writing because I want to bring to your attention a concert in which I am taking part tomorrow night.The Dream Unfinished: a Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights is being held on the anniversary of the death of Eric Garner to bring people together in awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.  An orchestra of 84 musicians from the MET, NY Phil, Broadway, and other NYC ensembles will be performing the music of Leonard Bernstein, William Grant Still, and Jessie Montgomery (a world premiere).  There will be two vocal soloists (Stephen Salter and Janinah Burnett).  Terrence McKnight (of WQXR) is hosting. Guest speakers include Erica Garner and Joy Reid.

All orchestra members and conductors involved are donating their time and talents for this event.


The concert will be at Centennial Memorial Temple, 120 W. 14th St. New York, NY 10011 at 7:30 on Friday, July 17.  I urge you to learn more by visiting the website:


Having just returned home from a day of rehearsals for the event, I am excited and inspired and want to share this with as many people as possible.  I can’t remember the last time I was involved in a concert where so many people were donating so much of their time with such enthusiasm and dedication.  It’s not something that you see often in classical music.

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  • Adam Yates says:

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  • Itsjtime says:

    How about a protest against city hall and the programs that lead to a society that doesn’t feel protected by the police, has awful schools, no social services, no arts funding or curriculum and is quickly spiraling into a lawless shit hole.

    Howabout the 5.6 million dollars being given to ease the grief of the Garner family… By the city on NY!!! Budgets for education and arts are out the window but they give this money to hush the fallout. This is the crime. The politicians create the environment for change… Now NYC is returning to the “days of Dinkins”
    Oh yeah… When the police tell you to stop YOU SHOULD DO WHAT THEY SAY!!! Eric Garner doesn’t deserve to be the face of any civil rights demonstration. He was a repeat offender and an idiot for resisting arrest. He put the cops in danger.