Concerto for Violin: Paths to Dignity

Composed by Lucas Richman
Length: 25:00
Instrumentation: 3332-4331-Timp+3, pno, hp, str
Instrument / Voice: Violin

Available to Commission Consortium Members
for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons


Creativity lies at the core of what it means to be human.

It is in times of crisis that the Arts are found on the front line
towards bringing back humanity and dignity.

Homelessness in today’s society has reached a peak unparalleled in history. Even prior to the devastating long-term economic effects from the global pandemic, seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019 according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Those in the arts community have not been shielded from the financial downturn of the past year. Consequently, the solvency of artists and arts organizations across the nation is in extreme peril. However, it is in times of crisis that the Arts that are always found on the front line towards bringing back humanity and dignity because it is creativity that lies at the core of what it means to be human.

It is with this in mind that discussions began between composer Lucas Richman and violinist Mitchell Newman for the creation of this new work for violin and orchestra for the 2022-2023 season. This piece will address, and serve as a catalyst for meaningful discussion, the connections between homelessness and mental health as well as the role the Arts can play in restoring humanity and dignity to the ever-growing population of displaced citizens.

Concerto for Violin: Paths to Dignity

Approximately 25 minutes in length, this Concerto will be divided into four separate movements:

    1. Street Jams (a collage of personalities and street sounds)
    2. Fears and Delusions (addressing the plight of veterans and their families)
    3. Tzedakah For My Child (restoring self-worth through grace and kindness)
    4. Looking Back Inside (examining the barriers to re-entry into society)
Community engagement activities are a significant part of bringing “Paths to Dignity” to your city, including the following:
    • Musical ensembles and organizations advocating on behalf of the homeless would have the option to participate in various scheduled activities prior and subsequent to any local performances of the concerto.
    • An accompanying educational curriculum will be created for use in schools K-12 and content composed of video, text and visual art relevant to the concerto will be curated for an online presence.
    • Additionally, the 3rd movement, “Tzedakah For My Child,” will be available in separate form for use by youth orchestras in the spirit of social education and community service (Tzedakah means “charity” in Hebrew).

Local premieres of the work will be available to orchestras and other performing ensembles worldwide throughout the 2022-2023 season.  Mr. Newman will serve as the violinist for the world premiere of the work and will be available for performances by commission consortium members.

Commission Consortium Information:

Fee for Commission Consortium Membership: $2000

Consortium members will be acknowledged in all published scores of “Paths to Dignity.”  Fees are inclusive of the use of scores and parts for all local premiere performances (soloist fees not included).  Members will also receive the educational curriculum and will have the choice between the following orchestrations:

Full Orchestra: 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 English Horn, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, 3 Percussion, Piano, Harp and Strings

Chamber Orchestra: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 French Horn, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, Timpani, 1 Percussion, Piano and Strings

List of Concerti by Lucas Richman
Complete List of Lucas Richman’s compositions

LeDor Publishing will donate partial proceeds from each performance of “Paths to Dignity” to a local homeless advocate organization of the performing ensemble’s choice.


To become a Consortium member, please contact us at


Mitchell Newman, violin
Violinist Mitchell Newman recently retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2020 after a 34-year career with the orchestra. In addition to his own rigorous performing and recording schedule, Mr. Newman has been a passionate advocate for bringing music to underserved communities. In honor of his work as founder of “Harmony: Music for Mental Health”, a chamber music/fundraising concert for Mental Health America Long Beach, CA, the California State Senate named him a mental health hero in 2010. In 2015 he started “Coming Home to Music” which brings concerts of classical chamber music and jazz concerts to people who were experiencing homelessness, now living in apartment complexes built by People Assisting the Homeless (PATH). Through his close friendship with MacArthur Grant Awardee and Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta, Mr. Newman has played many concerts for people living in Los Angeles’ Skid Row and those in incarcerated communities. Mr. Newman has taught at Los Angeles’s renowned Colburn School and now brings his expertise to the classes he teaches for violinists at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, as well as working for Play On Philly and the Settlement Music School.

Listen: Eric Zeisl Piano Trio
The Brandeis-Bardin Ensemble
Mitchell Newman, Violin