Verdigris Ensemble presents Betty's Notebook
Through multidisciplinary collaboration, Betty’s Notebook gathers classical choral music, electronic soundscapes, visual NFT art, and a bit of mysterious history to tell the story of Betty Klenck, whose claim of having heard and recorded the final distress calls of Amelia Earhart through her family’s short-wave radio has sparked controversy and intrigue for over 80 years.
Klenck’s notebook, where she notated the fragmented messages she heard that day in 1937, serves as the composition’s source material and is set in haunting vocal textures by New York-based composer Nicholas Reeves, a Texas native.
Combined with original sound design and audio sourced from years of Klenck’s interviews, projection design, and interactive NFT art, Betty’s Notebook is a groundbreaking singularity that has shattered the barrier between classical music tradition and emerging technologies.
The February 18 and 19 performances will be at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, while the February 20 performance will be at Texas Theatre.