Friday, January 13, 2012

Soprano Sonya Headlam in One World Symphony's 'Moonlight' for Lunar New Year Jan. 22 & 23

[Sonya Headlam]

Soprano Sonya Headlam has frequently collaborated with One World Symphony since 2006:

“Highlight of the 2010-2011 Season include her critically acclaimed performance of Sibelius with One World Symphony, in addition to her Christmas concert with pianist Djordje Nesic, which was webcast live from Trinity Church Wall Street. In 2010 Sonya made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem and Haydn's Paukenmesse with Distinguished Concerts International New York.”

Sonya Headlam sang the Sibelius song Tryst in a concert called “Nordic Lights” on March 4 and 6. said: “Ms. Headlam was the most communicative performer of the four sopranos, and seemingly the most at ease with the challenge of singing in Swedish.”

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

Two Performances:
Sunday, January 22, 2012 
Monday, January 23, 2012 (Lunar New Year)

8:00 p.m.
Holy Apostles Church
296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th Street

$30 Students/Seniors with ID
$40 General

“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 (January 23) by joining One World Symphony for Moonlight!”

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