Tyshawn Sorey’s Rothko Chapel Commission in February

Source: Dacamera.


Tyshawn Sorey: Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)
Rothko Chapel 50th Anniversary Commission

Tyshawn Sorey, composer, conductor
Houston Chamber Choir
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Steven Schick, percussion
Sarah Rothenberg, piano/celesta

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rothko Chapel, DACAMERA and Rothko Chapel have commissioned boundary-breaking composer Tyshawn Sorey to create a new work inspired by the Chapel. In turn, Sorey was inspired by Morton Feldman’s 20th-century masterpiece, Rothko Chapel, which premiered there in 1972. Using the same instrumentation as Feldman, Tyshawn Sorey brings to it his background in jazz and creative music. Tyshawn Sorey epitomizes DACAMERA’s commitment to work that explodes traditional distinctions between genres.

Tyshawn Sorey – who has called Feldman “my biggest influence as a composer” – was an ideal choice for the project. Discussions with Sorey began in 2018, after DACAMERA’s highly successful presentation of his Perle Noire with soprano Julia Bullock and the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2016. The current commission was originally scheduled to premiere in February 2021, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.