The Planets  and Poems of Ecstasy

The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York presents
The Planets & Poems of Ecstasy

One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Composer-Conductor
Sonya Headlam and Courtenay Symonds, Sopranos
Adrienne Metzinger, Mezzo Soprano

Gustav Holst: “Mars” and “Jupiter,” The Planets (1914)
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2 (1912)
Sung Jin Hong: The Architect (2012, world premiere, commissioned by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York)

Songs of Ecstasy:
Björk: Big Time Sensuality (1993)*
Amy Beach: Ecstasy**‚Ä®
Henri Duparc: Extase**
Clara Schumann: Liebst du um Schönheit**

*world premiere arrangement for voice and symphony by Andrew Struck-Marcell
**world premiere arrangement for voice and symphony by Sung Jin Hong

Be transported by Gustav Holst’s The Planets, a work that was conceived to understand the mysteries of universe and the bonds that unite humanity. Human feelings of ecstasy and empowerment ring in the songs written by Icelander Björk, American Amy Beach, German Clara Schumann, and French Henri Duparc.¬†Commemorating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday, Sung Jin Hong’s symphonic poem The Architect (2012, world premiere) examines the inquisitive souls and inventive thinkers who have awakened us with new possibilities, inspiring us to look within and feel more deeply. Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2 offers a ravishing musical sunrise and the hypnotic Pantomime played by the flute, and culminates in an ecstatic dance of erotic nature.


Sunday, November 11, 2012
Florence Gould Hall
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