HARVEY MILK: A CANTATA
Harvey Milk: A Cantata is a new choral work (2012) by Jack Curtis Dubowsky featuring unpublished texts by Harvey Milk.
The 20-minute Harvey Milk for mixed chorus and piano was jointly commissioned by the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and Lick Wilmerding High School, with the cooperation of the Estate of Harvey Milk and the Harvey Milk Archives / Scott Smith Collection of the San Francisco Public Library.
Susan Goldstein, City Archivist of San Francisco, gave Conductor and Artistic Director William Sauerland full access to Milk's original papers, which yielded texts that have never been published before. Sauerland's research was assisted by Tim Wilson, the archivist of the Harvey Milk collection. Texts were compiled and edited by Sauerland and composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky. The final cantata text is entirely by Milk, culled from both well-known speeches as well as rare documents. The Estate of Harvey Milk granted special permission for the use of these texts.