Songs for Justice



In 2022, the Rothko Chapel presents Songs for Justice, a series of concerts and conversations exploring the role that music plays to further social justice movements, addressing today’s inequities and injustices. The project includes five performances and related discussions, presented in collaboration with community grassroots organizations focused on social justice advocacy, including the world premiere of a new work of music inspired by these ideas written for performance in the Chapel. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Undewriting Support for the Rothko Chapel's 2021-2022 Program Season was provided by Catalina de la Garza, Cristy & Michael Jadick, C.C. Lee, Christina & Troy Porter, Elsa Ross, Robin & Andrew Schirrmeister, and Sarita Tennant.

For more details and to register for the series events, please see below.

Songs for Justice: 2022 Annual MLK Birthday Celebration

This program kicks off a series exploring music in social justice movements with a performance of and discussion about music central to the US Civil Rights Movement with Community Music Center of Houston Scott Joplin Orchestra, Dr. Anne Lundy, and Dr. Shana Redmond.

“Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)” by Tyshawn Sorey
Saturday, February 19 2022, 7 PM

DACAMERA and Rothko Chapel commissioned boundary-breaking composer Tyshawn Sorey to create a new work inspired by the Chapel and by Morton Feldman’s 20th-century masterpiece, Rothko Chapel.

“Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)” by Tyshawn Sorey
Sunday, February 20 2022, 3 PM

DACAMERA and Rothko Chapel commissioned boundary-breaking composer Tyshawn Sorey to create a new work inspired by the Chapel and by Morton Feldman’s 20th-century masterpiece, Rothko Chapel.

Songs for Justice: International Women’s Day Songs for Murdered Sisters
Tuesday, March 8 2022, 7 PM

A live premiere of music confronting violence against women with composer & pianist Jake Heggie and baritone Joshua Hopkins, featuring original poems by Margaret Atwood.