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Defiant - with One World Symphony


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Defiant - with One World Symphony

  • Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Avenue New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

One World Symphony
One World Symphony Vocal Artists
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: from Symphony No. 7 (1813)
Margaret Allison Bonds: The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1942)
Valerie Capers: “Winter,” Song of the Seasons (1987)*
Rob Adler: تَقْسِيم‎‎ (Taqsim, 2017 world premiere)*
Michael Mandrin: Sürgün (Exile, 2017 world premiere)* 
Meditation on a poem by Bejan Matur
Charlie Chaplin: from The Great Dictator (1940) 
(2017, world premiere for symphony by Sung Jin Hong)*
Michelle Obama: Shaken Me to My Core 
(2017, world premiere for symphony and vocalists by Sung Jin Hong)*

*Living composers

also featuring members from the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York sharing the traditional Sanskrit song, Mahishasura Mardini

Sunday, January 22, 2017
8:00 p.m. 
Church of the Holy Apostles 
296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street

All Tickets: $20
Seating is limited. 
Tickets may be purchased in advance online here >> 
or at the door 15 minutes prior to the performance.

During World War II, Charlie Chaplin appealed for a new world where tolerance, love, and kindness reigned. His impassioned speech from the 1940 film The Great Dictator resonates today more than ever. Seventy-six years later, with vocal gravitas, Michelle Obama delivered an ardent address condemning the abuse and harassment of women. Not only did her words crystallize feelings of outrage and hurt, her message went beyond the politics of the moment. It tapped far deeper into the heart of the issue — confronting our future as brothers and sisters and our shared humanity.

What would happen if each one of us adopted Beethoven's approach with unassailable optimism and pathos? What if we each accordingly acted to transform ourselves first and...