Man commonly defines death as the end of life. “Death” is a socially constructed idea. The fears, hopes, and orientations people have towards it are not instinctive, but rather are adopted from such public symbols as the languages, arts, and religious rituals of their culture. Every religion has its own perception of death, but in this evening of song, we go beyond religion and explore how “death” distinguishes itself in music and literature.
To quote poet Archibald MacLeish “Death is the perspective of every great picture ever painted and the underbeat of every measurable poem…” Across the centuries, poets, artists, composers have been fascinated with this mortifying idea and seek to explore “death”; not only to unravel its effects of grief, bereavement, anger and fear, but also that of hope, yearning, fantasy, contentment and even happiness. “Death”, who is often personified as the dark power that destroys life, can also be the gentle friend who receives and embraces as the weary soul slumbers.
Engage in an evening with soprano Lee Peixin and pianist Wong Yun Qi, as they carry you to a “near-death experience” through the music of treasured composers Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Samuel Barber and Singapore’s beloved Americ Goh.
Presented by the Young Musicians' Society. An After Eight production.
8pm. Esplanade Recital Studio. 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Tickets available at all SISTIC outlets. http://www.sistic.com/events/death0914