CCO presents News from Poems by Susan Kander
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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963): modernist poet/dedicated physician to the largely unwashed. Florence Williams: doctor's wife and poet's wife an epic double whammy. Ezra Pound, mentor and friend to Williams, leader of the great migration of arts and letters to Europe in the early 1920's. Williams wants to grab poetry around the neck and fling it into the 20th century here, in America, the land his immigrant parents gave him. Ezra wants Williams to move to Europe where art and poetry actually matter. Floss wants to find a way to matter to her husband, to live with and stay with this mercurial, philandering, shy, passionate man. With Joshua Jeremiah, Kara Cornell, and Aaron Theno in the leading roles. Music direction by Sara Jobin and stage direction by Laura Alley Dietrich.
Having graduated from Harvard University in 1979 with a degree in music, Susan Kander spent the next 15 years working as a playwright for both theater and television before "coming home" to full time composition. Since then, she has been commissioned by a wide range of performers and ensembles resulting in a growing catalog of orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral works characterized by a vivid, often chromatic tonal presence and rhythmic variety. Her instrumental works span the spectrum from solo works for violin, viola and bassoon to a "symphonic adventure" commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra entitled Miranda's Waltz, with original story and text by Washington D.C. award-winning playwright/director Mary Hall Surface. Her most recent commission was an opera adaptation of the seminal young adult novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. The joint commission from Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Minnesota Opera resulted in a 90 minute opera that sold out in both cities and received added performances and two on-line streamings of the Minneapolis production.
The CCO Development Series is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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