On July 16th, 1945, the United States exploded the first ever atom bomb and thus ushered in the nuclear era. This was followed shortly after with the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, causing untold devastation and the start of the Cold War nuclear arms race.
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist in charge of the Manhattan Project, code-named the very first atomic weapon detonation “Trinity”, after the poem by early 17th century poet and cleric John Donne.
Coincidentally the U.S. Army was using the same frequency as the nearby Voice of America radio station. During the countdown for the detonation, the radio broadcast encroached on the countdown, and this with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
To commemorate this horrific event in world history, and draw attention to the ever present nuclear threat, Boho Strings will present a unique program built around Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade, featuring art songs and live video images by Geert Lenssens.
Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings
Ravel, Un grand sommeil noir
Vivaldi, Cum dederit
Saint-Saëns, Danse Macabre
Franz Schubert, Der Tod und das Mädchen
Astor Piazzolla, Los pájaros perdidos
Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen