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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 three 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 and a world premiere of Quicksand Years by Ian Sturges Milliken. Along with an encore presentation of a Dessoff-commissioned work from Douglas Geers earlier in the season, the second half of the concert will offer two new Dessoff-commissioned works by Eve Beglarian and Matthew Aucoin.

Pre-concert talk: 7:15 pm - "A Conversation with the Composers" with Malcolm J. Merriweather, Eve Beglarian, Douglas Geers, and Mathew Aucoin

Song of Democracy Howard Hanson (1896-1981)
Quicksand Years Ian Sturges Milliken (b. 1984)
Whitman’s New York Gregg Smith (1931-2016)
None More Than You Eve Beglarian (b. 1958)
As Adam Early in the Morning Douglas Geers (b. 1968)
Crossing, Choral Excerpts Matthew Aucoin (b. 1990)
Later Event: September 5