In 2008 Jaap van Zweden became Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, bringing years of experience as Concertmaster of the legendary Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam to Texas.
Now Jaap van Zweden and the DSO are in New York, playing a concert at Carnegie Hall as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival, an event that draws its participants from program proposals submitted by orchestras around the country.
This evening the DSO performs Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964. Here is an excerpt of the program notes.
The Dallas Symphony commissioned this work in observance of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 100th birthday in August 2008. August 4, 1964 explores the epic tragedy of the larger-than-life, Texas-born politician. His legacy in civil rights is admirable. His escalation of the Vietnam War remains controversial. Taken together, those two issues encapsulate the turbulent 1960s.
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