Angel Lam (MM ’03, DMA ’11, Composition; MM ’05, Music Theory) wrote her first evening-length musical, June Lovers. The work, a unique love story set in a metropolitan city, is inspired by Jared Diamond’s book The Third Chimpanzee and Harvard historian Niall Ferguson’s recent book Civilization: The West and the Rest. The project was staged and premiered at the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb. 9-11,. The subject matter of the work, on love and marriage in metropolitan cities of the world, aroused much public attention accumulating 10 featured interviews and broadcast in major newspapers, magazines and radio. The work is scored for six singers and eight musicians. David Coucheron was a featured solo violinist, and the production was conducted by Perry So (MM ’06, Conducting), the associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.