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Song cycles on Emily Dickinson’s poems performed by Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and Lois Shapiro, piano
November 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm| Free
Song Cycles by Bauer, Copland, and Sawyer,
on poems by Emily Dickinson, performed by
Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and Lois Shapiro, piano
Sunday, November 15, 3:00 p.m.
With a pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m.
Rivera Recital Hall, Rivers School Conservatory
333 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493
Free & Open to the Public
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Aaron Copland ~ Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Ross Bauer ~ The Waters Wrecked the Sky
Eric Sawyer ~ Jehovah’s Watch
Emily Dickinson, one of our most beloved poets from New England, gave voice to her emerging Self through often elliptical, enigmatic, and at times even inscrutable writing. Through her poetry, she “grabbed life by the throat” — in the words of Robert Frost — laying bare, examining, and grappling with then-current notions of love, life as an unmarried, questioning woman, the afterlife, and religious dogma, as well as other premises of the society within which she lived.
The classic Aaron Copland cycle, as well as the much newer cycles by Bauer and Sawyer — commissioned by our performers today — access and give sentient form to the depth and range of expression that lives between and within the words of these remarkable texts; the particular resultant “alchemy” brings us all into the very heart of her at times exhilarating and at times terrifying vision of what it means to be fully human.