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Whitman Bicentennial Festival

  • Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew 263 West 86th Street New York, NY, 10024 United States (map)

The final concert of the season, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, features four commissioned choral works that use the poetry of Walt Whitman. The concert begins with settings of Whitman’s poetry by twentieth century American composers Howard Hanson and Gregg Smith. Along with a reprise of a Dessoff commission from earlier in the season, the second half of the concert will offer three world premieres –  commissioned works by Tania León, Eve Beglarian and Mathew Aucoin who is creating choral excerpts from his critically acclaimed opera, Crossing.

Pre-concert talk: 7:15 pm
Composers Writing to Whitman
Dr. Malcolm J. Merriweather along with
Eve Beglarian
Tania Leon
Douglas Geers
Mathew Aucoin

Song of Democracy Howard Hanson (1896-1981)
Quicksand Years Ian Sturges Milliken (b. 1984)
Whitman’s New York Gregg Smith (1931-2016)
Song of the Rolling Earth Eve Beglarian (b. 1958)
WHITMAN PREMIERE Tania León (b. 1943)
As Adam Early in the Morning Douglas Geers (b. 1968)
Crossing Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990)
Earlier Event: March 9
Whitman and the Civil War