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'I Will Not Remain Silent': Music gives voice to the fight for equality

'I Will Not Remain Silent': Music gives voice to the fight for equality

“America must not remain silent” — that was civil rights activist Rabbi Joachim Prinz’s plea at the 1963 March on Washington.

“Bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem,” he declared in a speech that immediately preceded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s. “The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.”

Composer Bruce Adolphe had that speech in mind when he wrote “I Will Not Remain Silent,” a vividly metaphorical two-movement violin concerto loosely based on Prinz’s life.

The concerto will receive its West Coast premiere on Jan....

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