A young woman after escaping the fire

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Setting of a poem by Jonathan Fink,
Choir SATB, with solo violin and solo cello
Commissioned and performed by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble
under the direction of Thomas Cunningham

A haunting and evocative work depicting the lonely terror of the aftermath of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in downtown New York City


Strangers closed around me
I felt the urge to run…

A man across the street
Called a woman’s name…

Walked briskly back and forth
Grabbed at strangers
Turned them towards him…

As he searched each face…