On Tuesday, April 23rd, the New-York Historical Society’s latest installment of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series will feature An American Soldier, a grand opera based on the tragic life of a 19-year-old Chinese American soldier Danny Chen, whose death while serving in Afghanistan led to President Obama signing into law a bill designated to combat military hazing.
In this intimate conversation moderated by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang will explore their highly acclaimed work that was hailed by the New York Times as among the Best Classical Music of 2018. Exclusively for New-York Historical, this special event will include a performance of excerpts from the opera.
Huang Ruo is an award-winning composer and conductor whose works have premiered and been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and others. Acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang has received numerous honors for his prolific work in theater, television, film, and opera. His M. Butterfly won the Tony Award for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Agnes Hsu-Tang (moderator) is an international cultural heritage policy advisor on the faculty at Columbia, a managing director at the Met Opera, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.
The program will take place in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $38, $24 for members $24 and $10 for students.
To purchase tickets by phone, contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268; Online and in person, advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.
Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.
About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only 20 in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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