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Forgotten Voices

Thursday, March 31, 2022 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
Kelly Hall-Tompkins
For more than 15 years, Music Kitchen–Food for the Soul, founded by violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, has brought chamber music to people nationwide who experience homelessness. In celebration of that anniversary, Music Kitchen presents Forgotten Voices, a composite song cycle that sets comments written by homeless-shelter clients to music. Featuring works by 15 award-winning composers—Courtney Bryan, Jon Grier, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Gabriel Kahane, James Lee III, Beata Moon, Paul Moravec, Angélica Negrón, Kevin Puts, Steve Sandberg, Kamala Sankaram, Jeff Scott, Carlos Simon, Errollyn Wallen, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich—each song in the cycle received its world premiere in a shelter. Presented in association with Carnegie Hall, the complete cycle now receives its world premiere. Join outstanding performers, along with special guests NBC News’ Harry Smith and actress Jessica Hecht, to honor this vital work in an evening of inspired music and a moderated Q&A session after the performance.


Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Producer and Violin
Allison Charney, Soprano
Adrienne Danrich, Soprano
Jesse Blumberg, Baritone
Mark Risinger, Bass
Ling Ling Huang, Violin
Andrew Gonzalez, Viola
Alexis Pia Gerlach, Cello
Peter Seidenberg, Cello
John-Paul Norpoth, Double Bass

with Special Guest
Jessica Hecht


VARIOUS Forgotten Voices (World Premiere, commissioned by Music Kitchen–Food for the Soul, with support from Carnegie Hall, with text from homeless-shelter clients)

Performance includes a Q&A session moderated by Harry Smith

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

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