Soundings - New Music at the Nasher: Some Favored Nook
Based on the long-running correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, this dramatic cycle runs 45 minutes and features a minimal trio of soprano Tony Arnold of International Contemporary Ensemble; baritone William Sharp of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem; and accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Higginson led the first black regiment during the American Civil War and played a significant role in mentoring Dickinson before publishing her first book of poems in what would be the start of her career as a giant of the poetic form. Dickinson and Higginson wrote one another for over 24 years, and contemporary librettist Mark Campbell adapted their distinct and respective writing styles in a collaboration with composer Eric Nathan in 2017, during a residency at Yellow Barn in Putney, Vermont. As early champions of human rights, women’s rights, and racial equality, Higginson and Dickinson’s shared message is one that still resonates. The Soundings audience will hear their words in an entirely new way.