When confronted with an increase in anti-Asian racism fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Donna Weng Friedman ’80 decided to change the story. “We set out to change the channel (and single-story narrative) by inviting a number of outstanding classical musicians of Asian descent to share their stories through their words and — of course — their music.”
The result is Heritage and Harmony. This unique virtual concert video series, produced in collaboration with WQXR in New York City, features leading musicians of Asian descent performing contemporary and traditional works by Asian composers in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
In each video, the featured musician introduces the piece they’ve chosen by reflecting on their heritage and their connection to the composer and the music.
Watch the virtual concert here.