On 7 May 2012 BBC Radio 3 broadcast a day of programming based on the idea of musical portraits. Central to the day was the idea of a new commission for Jonathan Dove to create a new orchestral portrait of a major 21st century public figure. Listeners made many suggestions for the subject of this portrait, including Tim Berners-Lee, Meryl Streep, and Richard Dawkins among others. Having thought about all the suggestions, Dove selected Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to be the subject of his new piece.
On 5 December 2012 the BBC Concert Orchestra under Barry Wordsworth will reveal this exciting new portrait for the first time at a matinee performance (2pm), which takes place at Cadogan Hall London and will be broadcast on Radio 3.
Describing why he chose Aung San Suu Kyi as his subject, Dove says:
'I am delighted to be able to portray someone so influential and admirable, who shows such steadfastness in the face of opposition. Her peaceful and powerful demeanour has already allowed me to imagine how a musical form might portray her.'