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Voters' Broadcast

Lisa Bielawa’s Voters’ Broadcast is a broadly participatory musical performance for an unlimited number of voices and instruments made up of choral and instrumental ensembles. The work is directed, conceived and composed by Rome Prize and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, with text excerpted from celebrated artist Sheryl Oring’s I Wish to Say.

Voters’ Broadcast will bring together choirs from across the University of Michigan community during the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester to stimulate voter engagement, political awareness, and community participation in challenging lockdown conditions, through the act of giving voice to the concerns of fellow citizens, during the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential election. The work will be released in three parts, with events hosted by Matthew VanBesien, president of UMS, on September 30, October 14, and October 30.