Concerto for Violin: Paths to 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 and 2023-2024 seasons. This piece addresses and serves 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.


  1. Our Stories  (a collage of personalities and street sounds)
  2. Fever Dreams/Move  (addressing the plight of veterans and their families)
  3. Shelter For My Child  (restoring self-worth through grace and kindness)
  4. Finding Home  (examining the barriers to re-entry into society)

Duration: 30 minutes

Orchestration:  2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Timpani, 1 Percussion, Harp, Piano and Strings (standard woodwind doubling applies)

Community engagement activities are a significant part of bringing “Paths to Dignity” to your city. 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, including the following:

  • Youth Orchestra Participation
  • Panel Discussions (pre-concert/post-concert)
  • Concert Lobby Showcase Display
  • Fundraising Activities

The 3rd movement, “Shelter For My Child,” will be available in separate form for use by youth orchestras in the spirit of social education and community service. 

We have had three successful and meaningful PTD Projects take place during the 2022-2023 seasons:

For more in-depth information, including scores, audio and video recordings:

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 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: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, 1 Trombone, Timpani, 1 Percussion, Piano, Harp and Strings (standard woodwind doubling applies)

To become a Consortium member, please contact us at

To hear Mr. Richman’s music:

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