For Your Friday Listening Pleasure, Part I: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Plays Carnegie Hall
That [Jaap] van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony are proud of this moving, skillfully written piece was clear at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night, when the orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Chorus gave the New York premiere of "August 4, 1964" as part of the Spring for Music festival, in a vivid, glowing and calmly assured performance. Writing a commemorative piece can be a trap-filled assignment. In their bold work, Mr. Stucky and Mr. Scheer explore a stunning, and tragic, coincidence.WQXR-FM, NYC's classical radio station, broadcast the piece in its entirety, along with a lengthy genesis-of provided by Stucky and Scheer, who discuss that fateful day during the LBJ presidency, when civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were found dead in Mississippi and the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred. That broadcast, which is available for download, is also below.