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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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  • WRH Weill Recital Hall

Introducing Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, performs the New York premiere of 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 during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ's televised response to the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the discovery of the bodies of three Civil Rights workers in Mississippi both happened on that date.

Here, Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Stucky and librettist Gene Scheer explain the background of the piece and the impact that day has had on subsequent US history. In addition, there are first-hand accounts of the events in Mississippi by the brothers of murdered Civil Rights workers James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.


Replay the recent web chat during which Steven Stucky discussed August 4, 1964 here .

May 6 Spring for Music: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
May 7 Spring for Music: Toledo Symphony
May 10 Spring for Music: Albany Symphony
May 11 Spring for Music: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
May 12 Spring for Music: Oregon Symphony Orchestra
May 13 Spring for Music: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
May 14 Spring for Music: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal