Music by Cambodian-born composer Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer award) & Vietnamese-born composer and Emmy winner Vanessa Van-Ahn Vo, will be performed by the Society All-Stars alongside guest artists Elissa Johnston, Kathleen Roland, Susan Ung & Ms Vo on dan tranh zither, conducted by Heather Buchman. The music of both composers reflects the indigenous music of their countries. This is the opening concert of the Society for New Music's 46th season.
Ung’s “Aura” seamlessly weaves the capabilities of Western instruments and contemporary techniques into the traditional music of his homeland, in which nearly every musician is required to play additional percussion instruments, including bowed crotales, little cymbals common to the ancient world. “Aura” is a 45-minute work celebrating the enlightenment of Buddha.
Vanessa Vân-Ánh Vo has been featured on NPR, co-composer and arranger for the Oscar® nominated and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, “Daughter from Danang” (2002), the Emmy®Award-winning film and soundtrack for “Bolinao 52” (2008), and the winner of multiple “Best Documentary” and “Audience Favorite” awards, “A Village Called Versailles” (2009), as well as a guest artist for the Kronos Quartet at the Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival. She participated as a screening judge in the World Music category for the 2015 Grammy.