Benefit event to support premiere of opera by American composer Michael Hersch,
based on Marin Sorescu’s The Bridge
Marin Sorescu’s posthumous The Bridge is the basis of a new opera, On the Threshold of Winter, by the celebrated American composer Michael Hersch. The New York music group nunc has organized a benefit concert and party on January 13 to support its world premiere performance of this major work.
The event will include an advance peek at the opera in an excerpt performed by gifted soprano Ah Young Hong accompanied by the celebrated young Romanian pianist Matei Varga, Hersch’s Two Lullabies for solo piano in his own performance, and Hersch’s arrangement of one movement of the opera for violin and piano, in which Miranda Cuckson, founder of nunc, will perform. Translator Adam J. Sorkin will be on hand to speak and to sign copies of The Bridge, for an additional $25 donation (minimum).
The organizers of the benefit invite you to join them for drinks, music, and time to mingle and talk with the composer Michael Hersch, the performers, and one of the work’s translators, Adam Sorkin. A minimum donation of $20 is suggested, and the organizers would be truly grateful for any additional amount that you can give.
The premiere of On the Threshold of Winter is planned for 2013 or 2014 in New York City, at a venue to be announced. A monodrama in two acts, it is scored for soprano and an ensemble of eight. The piece essentially follows the trajectory – the texts often being in fragmented form – of Sorescu’s wrenching final work The Bridge, in the English translation by Adam J. Sorkin and Lidia Vianu that was awarded the Poetry Society (UK) Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. Sorescu (1936-1996), suffering from terminal cancer, wrote most of The Bridge during the last weeks of his life.