The 18th Street Singers present: A Brave New World
Miranda: O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
Prospero: 'Tis new to thee.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–207
The 18th Street Singers are proud to present, “A Brave New World,” January 26th and 27th 2019. Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Brave New World by philosopher and dystopian novelist Aldous Huxley, this concert series traces the tensions between individuals and society — reflected in music that explores connection and isolation.
Featuring works including Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia," Morten Lauridsen's "Les Chansons des Roses," and "Together" by Melissa Dunphy, “A Brave New World” investigates the paradox of creating community when the only thing that connects all human experiences is the fact that they are finite. In grappling with death, love, and creativity, we try to overcome our aloneness by opening ourselves to others, which frees us and makes us vulnerable.
As technology advances, bringing new ways to connect and build community—online chat rooms, social media groups, and even the ticket website that will bring you to this concert—contemporary pieces such as “deus ex machina” by Jakub Neske and "Hymn of Acxiom" by Vienna Teng tease out the implications of faceless connections, which can manipulate and persuade. Aldous Huxley would be proud.
Join us Saturday, January 26th at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 27th at 5:30pm as we consider what we owe to each other, through these lenses of community, technology, and music.