American Affairs: Great Atomic Desire
May 19th and 20th, 2013 at 8pm
One World Symphony
Holy Apostles Church
296 9th Avenue (at W28th Street)
Please contact Sara directly if interested in tickets!
Selections to include scenes from Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, Adams’ Doctor Atomic, Previn’s A Streetcar named Desire, as well as the newly composed Edge by Sung Jin Hong, based on poetry by Sylvia Plath.
I was very excited when Sung Jin contacted me with the idea to set Sylvia Plath’s final poem Edge to music. Collaborating with composers is one of the most enjoyable things I get to do as a singer and musician. I often think of those singers that worked directly with Mozart or Schubert, and then think that I may have worked with the contemporary version of them already in my lifetime. Incredible! Fostering and supporting this generation’s composers is so important because they are documenting our world’s experiences through sound. I believe Sung Jin’s decision to set Edge is significant because it asks us, as listeners, to grapple with the hard reality of depression in our American culture. Pulitzer Prize winner Sylvia Plath suffered from depression for much of her life and survived countless suicide attempts before succumbing to her final attempt at the age of 30, recently divorced and the mother of two young children. She is not alone — about one in every four American adults will suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Sadly, it will touch us all, but hopefully not as tragically as it touched the lives of those who knew Sylvia Plath.
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