August 4, 1964 is an emotionally riveting oratorio composed by Steven Stucky with a libretto by Gene Scheer based on two major events that changed the course of American history both of which took place on the same day: the finding of the bodies of three slain civil rights workers in Mississippi and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident which led to the irrevocable escalation of U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War. The work was commissioned and premiered, as it is in the excerpt feature here, by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.
The clip is presented with permission and was provided to NewMusicBox by M L Falcone Public Relations
on behalf of the annual Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall (springformusic.com/).
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