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. Art songs and arias will interpolate each movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade. These songs will offer a window into the fear, helplessness and resignation felt by ordinary people towards this nuclear Damocles’ sword. Video artist Geert Lenssens has created a series of haunting images which accompany the music.
Check out the Watch and Listen page for the Trinity Project promo video.