Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Some Favored Nook

January 4, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Kurt Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs and George Crumb’s ApparitionElegiac Songs and Vocalises, based on Whitman’s poem "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" mourning Abraham Lincoln, represent the sacrifices without which the text of Eric Nathan’s song cycle Some Favored Nook would not exist. 

Inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, commanding officer of the first black regiment in the Civil War, Some Favored Nook places Dickinson and Higginson's writings in the context of the Civil War and the struggles of that early chapter in American history – abolition, civil rights, women's rights, and the effects of war, themes still relevant in our time, as are those of love and death that fill Dickinson's poetry.

Featuring the simple combination of a soprano, baritone, and piano, Tony Arnold, William Sharp, and Gilbert Kalish take librettist Mark Campbell and composer Eric Nathan’s collaboration and allow the Soundings audience to hear Dickinson and Higginson’s message in an entirely new way.

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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Charles and Jessie Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John Dayton, the Friends of Soundings, and TACA. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner: WRR 101.1 FM