Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Alan Hovhaness

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Alan Hovhaness in a London recording session c. 1971 Photographer: John Goldsmith

In 1933, Alan Hovhaness read Dante's Divine Comedy, including the line: "O human race, born to fly upward..." Those words sparked a lifetime of musical ideas, inspired by the idea of space travel. On Wednesday's Performance Today, hear "Star Dawn" by Alan Hovhaness, performed by the United States Marine Band.