Thursday, Nov. 9
FREE pre-performance talk at 1 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby
The Blue Hour was co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts, Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa and Florida State University's Opening Night Series.
The Blue Hour, co-commissioned by Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry, features Grammy-winning singer Luciana Souza in a song-cycle written by five leading female composers - Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The text that serves as the libretto is by 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Carolyn Forché. The excerpted poem, "On Earth," is from Forché's 2003 collection Blue Hour. The remarkable poem takes the form of an abecedarium, with a listing of thousands of images in alphabetical order, like a flurry of memories from a life coming to its end. Mirroring A Far Cry's democratic creative process, the composers worked together to develop the text adaptation from Forche's poem for this musical setting, maintaining the abecedary form. While each composer created individual songs, they also worked together on instrumental transitions, refrains and musical themes to create a continuous, integrated work.
Special poetry reading in collaboration with the Stadler Center for Poetry
Sandra and Gary Sojka Visiting Poet Series: Carolyn Forché
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Bucknell Hall
FREE - tickets not required