Joan Baez: Where have all the flowers gone

Written by Roberto Sierra


In category: Song of the Day

Published January 24, 2019

For my generation the memory of the Viet Nam War is not just a matter of history; the Viet Nam war is still vivid in our minds. As a young man I remember the horrors of this conflict, one that nobody really comprehended, yet millions had to go and fight not knowing if they would come back safe. Many did not, and others came back with problems and memories that would haunt them forever. This song encapsulates the tragic feeling of that era. I particularly love Baez expressive voice and one cannot say enough about her artistry, stage presence and her wonderful skills with the guitar.

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For the past three decades Roberto Sierra’s works have been performed by orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the Americas and Europe. Sierra came to prominence in 1987, when his first major orchestral composition, Júbilo, was performed at Carnegie Hall by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Major commissions and performances include: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra (Zurich), Germany’s Radio Orchestras from Saarland and Frankfurt, England’s BBC Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, etc. In 2003 he was awarded the Academy Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. and in 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was awarded the prestigious Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize in 2017, the highest honor conferred in Spain to a composer of Spanish or Latin American origin.

NYFOS will perform the American premiere of Sierra’s 33 Suenos (33 Dreams) with poetry by Juan Carlos Garvayo on February 20, 2018 at Merkin Hall.


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