Boston Strong


For Soprano and Piano (2017)




15 min.


Richard Blanco

Program Notes

Boston Strong is a memorial to victims of the Boston marathon bombing, a tribute to the heroes who saved lives, and a love letter to our vibrant city. April 15, 2013 is forever seared in my heart, a day hatred punctured joy with violence, robbing our innocence. Since then, we’ve watched as our club—the club no one wants to belong to—grows: New York, Paris, London, Manchester, Barcelona, San Bernardino, Orlando. Shared values of liberty and free expression are challenged by fear. We convulse at the loss of lives and shiver at newfound uncertainty. At the same time, we remind each other of our strong community bonds and the ideals our society stands for. Each seed of hate blossoms into myriad expressions of love. This song honors the victims of a tragic day. It also tells the story of a city, rising out of darkness with resilient hope and kindness.

Oliver Caplan

Award-winning composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 120 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio and Bronx Arts Ensemble, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize and VCCA fellowships. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade.

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