Back to All Events

Why The Caged Bird Sings

  • Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 881 7th Avenue New York, NY, 10019 United States (map)

Mimesis Ensemble is celebrating the 10th Anniversary season with a concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, featuring the World Premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's Bursts of Meaning, for solo piano.  The concert also features the music of the recently deceased composer, Halim El-Dabh, who was our Composer-in-Residence during our inaugural season of 2008-9.  Prayer in the form of music is a central theme on this concert that explores what it means to be human in the face of turmoil and despair.

"I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,--

When he beats his bars and he would be free;

It is not a carol of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings --

I know why the caged bird sings!"

~Poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar, set to music by Florence Price


$25 General Admission
$10 Students (with ID)
To purchase tickets, click here.



HALIM EL-DABH, It Is Dark and Damp On The Front


LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Take Care of This House, from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

HALIM EL-DABH, String Quartet No. 1: Metamorphosis and Fugue on Egyptian Folklore 


MOHAMMED FAIROUZ, Piano Miniatures Nos. 11, 12, 13 and Bursts of Meaning [WORLD PREMIERE]

ANNA CLYNE, Rest These Hands, October Rose and Tea Leaves, from The Violin

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ, A Prayer To The New Year


Jasmine Muhammad, soprano
Tammy Moore, mezzo-soprano
Sidney Outlaw, baritone
Yuri Namkung, violin
Alex Shiozaki, violin
Rick Quantz, viola
Zexun Shen, cello
Katie Reimer, piano

Earlier Event: March 7
Starry Nights Spring
Later Event: April 22
Recital with Pianist, Tong Tong