Reflections Series International’s final program of the 2013 -14 season, Identities and Transformation, is a celebration of its inaugural year at Avenues: The World School. Seeking a broader understanding of what forms and transforms our personal and collective identities, Morgenstern intends to raise such questions as: What roles do history, culture, religion, the environment, gender and politics play in shaping or reshaping them? How does one negotiate personal identity in an age of globalization and its concurrent loss of privacy? Can we choose to transform ourselves or does our cultural memory remain at the core of who we are? And what are we to do when new values and cultural practices are imposed on us?
Morgenstern will explore these questions by creating both a musical and literary narrative, with texts ranging from from Genesis to Walt Whitman, the Koran to Sir Edmund Hillary, and from Mao to Mayan fables. Music will include Sergei Prokofiev’s viscerally powerful Violin Sonata in f minor, the Peruvian rhythms of Gabriela Lena Frank, Enzo Rao’s Sicilian folk music and John Cage’s haunting Nocturne.
The program's theme is the result of a collaboration between Morgenstern and select Avenues tenth grade students.