Moab Music Festival: World Premiere with George Takei – Lost Freedom: American Confinement In America


Saturday, September 4
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Red Cliffs Lodge, Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532

Event Description

Lost Freedom: Japanese American Confinement in the U.S., Narrated by George Takei.

“The program’s centerpiece is a world premiere of a Moab Music Festival commission by Composer-in-Residence and violist Kenji Bunch. Actor and author George Takei revisits his past growing up in Japanese American Confinement camps during WWII as he honors three living Japanese American composers. Takei will lead the audience through a dark part of American history that saw Japanese Americans stripped of their property and liberty, including a glimpse of Moab’s Citizen Isolation Center at nearby Dalton Wells. This new work, by Kenji Bunch, honors those individuals. Percussionist/composer Andy Akiho plays several of his works, joined by MMF musicians. Compositions by Paul Chihara, also a Confinement camp survivor, fill out this special concert.”

With George Takei, narrator; Kenji Bunch, viola, composer-in-residence; Conrad Tao, piano; Andy Akiho, percussion/composer; and more.

KENJI BUNCH: Lost Freedom: A Memory (World Premiere)
ANDY AKIHO: “Murasaki” (Purple) from Synesthesia Suite
AKIHO: “Karakurenai” (Crimson) from Synesthesia Suite
CHIHARA: Duo Lyrico
AKIHO: “Aka” (Red) from Synesthesia Suite

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Moab Music Festival