METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia
Chaktomuk, Preah Sisovath, Phnom Penh
The Cambodian Premiere of:
A Requiem for Cambodia
Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Expulsion of the Khmer Rouge
Thursday - Saturday, November 21, 22, & 23, 2019
Metropolis Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Cyr (also Chamber Choir and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments), performs the Cambodian premiere of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia on November 21, 22, 23, 2019.
Presented by Cambodian Living Arts, The Office, and Metropolis Ensemble
Two survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—attempt to return dignity to their country’s dead with this musical ritual remembering the Cambodian genocide. Against cinematic evocations of this bruised history, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is score for Metropolis Ensemble (strings, harp, and percussion), a Chamber Choir, and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments—ancient harps, flutes, and the xylophone-like roneat pluah—to mourn the nearly two million forgotten souls. Mellifluous Buddhist smot chanting and other all-but-extinct Khmer musical forms are woven throughout a procession that moves from the heavens to the killing fields, culminating in a plea to recognize impermanence as the only path to peace.