The Wayfarer

2009-2010 Season Opener:
The Wayfarer

One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
One World Symphony Vocal Artists
AfterShock, vocal rock band

Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea (1937)
Gustav Mahler: "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,"
(from Le Maître de Musique)*
Björk: New World (2009 -- from Dancer in the Dark)**
Sung Jin Hong: From The Alchemist (world premiere
inspired by Paulo Coehlo's novel)

*Brooklyn premiere with countertenor
**world premiere arrangement for vocal rock band and symphony
by Emilia Tamburri

Net proceeds will benefit One World Symphony's Community Music Program -- a program which enables students and parents who would otherwise not be in a position to afford classical concerts to obtain tickets to attend live performances during the One World Symphony season, such as our upcoming Halloween program.

Sail the open seas on the first leg of our season, venturing to the dramatic coasts of Ireland and Scotland.

Vaughan Williams's gripping one-act music drama Riders to the Sea is an emotional response to the wonder of the natural world, a losing battle with the sea which tyrannizes the lives of North Atlantic islanders. Mendelssohn guides us into Fingal's Cave -- an attraction that has provoked fascination and awe in many tourists -- in his Hebrides Overture. The piece echoes not only the sea waves, but depicts the vastness of the cave and its isolation from the rest of the world. One of Mahler's most profound and restrained songs, "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" ("I have become lost to the world") expresses how loss and love coexist in a world of weariness and uncertainty.

One World Symphony continues to embrace the diversity of contemporary culture by performing Björk's emotionally charged New World (heard in the film Dancer in the Dark) in a world premiere orchestration for vocal rock band and symphony orchestra. Paulo Coehlo's enchanting novel provides the inspiration for Hong's From The Alchemist, which traces the wayfarer's journeys -- through all obstacles, to learn to listen to one's heart and realize one's destiny.

Performance length: 80 minutes without intermission

Click on a photo for a bio of each of our featured artists!

Sung Jin Hong Natasha Uspensky Dina Gulnara Mitzanova Sara Paar
Anne Marie Schubert Katharine Gunnink Tamra Paselk Nicholas Tamagna Gene Howard Adrienne Metzinger Allison Waggener

Friday, September 11, 2009
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Brooklyn Heights

Sunday, September 13, 2009
Ansche Chesed Synagogue

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