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Queens Council on the Arts' Artist Commissioning Program presents the World Premiere of A Voice for the Voiceless at Queens Theatre, a new work completed by ACP Awardee in Music Composition Landon Knoblock.

Friday, September 14
7:00pm reception; 8pm show
Queens Theatre*
14 United Nations Ave S
Corona, NY 11368

*If you are traveling by subway, please note that shuttle buses will be available to escort patrons to and from the Mets-Willets Point stop on the 7 train. When you arrive at the Mets-Willets Point station, turn left out of the turnstiles, following signs to LIRR/Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Proceed to street level at the Mets-Willets Point station and pick up our free Shuttle Bus, which makes stops right outside the station approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30pm.

FREE • REGISTRATION REQUIRED

ABOUT THE PROJECT

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On September 14 at the Queens Theatre, composer Landon Knoblock will premiere “A Voice for the Voiceless,” a stirring new social justice music project inspired by and created with young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability in New York City public schools.

When reading what our elected officials were saying, what papers were writing, I felt like I never heard from the children themselves. I wanted to find a way to give these children a voice through music. More specifically, I felt I could create music with their voices, through recordings of their voices. These recordings would be the basis of the songs and could share their thoughts, feelings and stories.
— Landon Knoblock

Commissioned by the Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program, the piece sets out to amplify the voices of some of the community’s most underrepresented and at-risk children through the emotional immediacy and connectivity of music.

In the months leading up to the concert, Knoblock has spent valuable hours working with public school students struggling with the additional burden of housing instability. Through the auspices of non-profit and community organizations, the composer has conducted workshops with Queens area youth, introducing them to music-making technologies and encouraging them to share their experiences through their own words, songs and poetry. Their ideas, along with samples of their actual voices, will be woven into the songs of “A Voice for the Voiceless.”

Throughout his career, Landon Knoblock has endeavored to tell stories via his music, whether through his work as an in-demand soundtrack composer for film and television; through his cutting-edge sonic contributions to podcasts and video games; or through his formative years as a touring musician with rock and pop bands as well as his own genre-blurring music. With “A Voice for the Voiceless,” he places that gift for narrative in service of young people from his own community whose stories far too often go unheard.

Composed around children's voices, "A Voice for the Voiceless" acts as a collection of vignettes, framing their stories in a mix of rock, electronic jazz, and hip-hop. Some songs frame spoken word with modern trap beats, while others encompass creative short stories with bubbling synths and charming melodies.

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