The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, premieres Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964 during its Spring for Music concert on May 11 at Carnegie Hall. August 4, 1964 was inspired by two pivotal events—both of which happened on that date—during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.
At 12 PM on April 28, in the second of a series of live wqxr.org web chats in advance of the inaugural Spring for Music festival, Stucky answers questions about this work. If a middle-class white composer writes music about the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, does he risk being patronizing? In writing a historical symphony does a composer steal the voices of those who actually went through the struggles of the movement, and those who fought and died in Vietnam?
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