One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
One World Symphony Vocal Artists
Benjamin Britten: Scenes and Sea Interludes, Peter Grimes (1945)
Charles Ives: Central Park in the Dark (1906)
Antonín Dvořák: Song to the Moon, Rusalka (1901)
Louis Spohr: Erlkönig*
Franz Schubert: Nacht und Träume*
Robert Schumann: Mondnacht*
*World premiere song cycle for vocalists and symphony by Sung Jin Hong
What is it about the moon? She evokes peace and passion, fear and fascination. Schubert’s and Schumann’s songs ring with the deep emotions moonlight can stir in those still hours when dreams reign. It is in those hours that, sitting on a bench in Central Park in the Dark, Ives conjures the abstracted sounds of a sleepless pulsing metropolis. In Dvořák’s Rusalka, the water sprite begs the silver moon to tell the object of her obsession of her love for him. Spohr’s Erlkönig paints Goethe’s tale of a father and son on their haunted ride through a dark and windy night, as they struggle to outrun the supernatural forces that pursue them. The moon burns cold in the deep swells of the dark foreboding sea in Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Some nights the silver lady mocks us as we wearily battle insomnia. Other nights she stares over her shoulder as we wake in a cold sweat from our own sinister nightmares.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year by joining One World Symphony for Moonlight!