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World Premiere of Hannah Lash's In Hopes of Finding the Sun

May. 01, 2019

World Premiere of Hannah Lash's <em>In Hopes of Finding the Sun</em>

On May 11, Symphony Tacoma, led by Sarah Ioannides, performs the world premiere of Hannah Lash's In Hopes of Finding the Sun for orchesta and SATB choir alongside Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Symphony Tacoma commissioned Lash's new work expressly as a companion piece for their performances of Beethoven's masterwork. 

Hannah Lash elaborates on the inspiration for her new work:  

"Writing a piece that is connected in some way to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is not something a composer can take lightly. I wanted to make a piece that would be highly personal, not something that leaned too heavily on Beethoven's masterpiece. But at the same time I felt compelled to use a few points of departure from Beethoven: ways in which my work would touch on Beethoven's before moving in its own direction. So I decided on two very particular elements: the descending motive from the first movement, and the Schiller poem. I wrote my own text, using the fire image from the Schiller as my inspiration:

Sky-bound. We ate fire,
closing our eyes against the searing.

We come, ashes light as air, buffeting upward
in hopes of finding the sun.

Purify! Efface!

Dancing: enraptured,

We dissolve."

Listen to Hannah Lash's Stalk (2008) for solo harp here:

(Stalk/Hannah Lash, composer and harpist)

To learn more about Hannah Lash, visit:

Hannah Lash
In Hopes of Finding the Sun (2019)
for SATB choir and orchestra
original text by the composer, based on Friedrich Schiller's poem "Ode to Joy"