Amtrak 71 (2017)
Lyri Milgram, violin
Jillian Meyer, piano
Silk Street Music Hall // Guildhall School of Music // London, U.K. // 15 May 2017
Program note for premiere in London:
Amtrak 71 probably has something to do with how it has felt to be an American living abroad over the past horrifying year [2016-2017]. Amtrak (the American equivalent of National Rail) 71 is the train route along the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans. These two capitals of black America gave rise to music of resistance, protest, and finally an unrelenting joy in the face of absurdity.