One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
Gustav Mahler: from Symphony No. 3, “Pan Awakes, Summer Marches In” (1896)
Sung Jin Hong: Rite of the Cicada (2013 World Premiere)
Andrew Struck-Marcell: Summer Cloud (2013 World Premiere)
Béla Bartók: From the Diary of a Fly (circa 1935)*
John Dowland: A time when silly bees could speak (1603)
Josquin des Prez: El grillo (The cricket) (1505)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
“Rarely does a program for the summer seem as perfect as the one that Sung Jin Hong has created for One World Symphony.” — Classical Domain
Awaken to endless summer days and nights — through the lush sounds of Mahler, charming chirping from Josquin’s cricket, sublimly buzzing bees in Dowland, and the chanting cicadas in Sung Jin Hong’s world premiere. One World Symphony’s distinct summer program Alive! unveils composers throughout history who have found inspiration in Earth’s first musicians: nature, birds, insects, trees, and water.
Light and dark contend in the first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Pan awakes in stormy brass with a dark trombone solo over brooding drumbeats. Strings and woodwinds march with cheerful swagger. Despairing cries pitted against bright trumpets and horn flourishes hail the summer’s light brilliantly victorious. Mahler may have written the Symphony of a Thousand, but this year — after 17 years of solitude and serenity — the cicadas have ascended in the the Northeast to compose the living chorus of billions. Sung Jin Hong’s world premiere of Rite of the Cicada celebrates the journey of self-discovery they inspire from their precious cycle: meditative slumber, transfiguration, and, after having waited for nearly two decades for a few weeks of social networking, their unique liebestod of procreation and death. Andrew Struck-Marcell derives nostalgic inspiration from the childhood image of a persistent swarming gnats hovering at dusk under a sunset-stained sky for Summer Cloud. It is as though nature is a wonderful symphony that people and science continue to be touched, awed and inspired.