‘The Songs of John Harbison: Poetry and Music’

‘The Songs of John Harbison: Poetry and Music’

‘The Songs of John Harbison: Poetry and Music’

Williams College will present a concert featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison and his musical settings of poetry on Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams campus. The concert is preceded by a panel discussion, which begins at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The concert features the poetry of Williams’ own Jessica Fisher, assistant professor of English, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Elizabeth Bishop, a former Poet Laureate of the U.S., and Louise Glück, adjunct professor of English and Rosenkranz Writer-in-Residence at Yale University.

“During the concert, we’ll be in the presence of brilliant poetry, set beautifully by John Harbison, one of the masters of fitting language to music,” says John Limon, chair of the English department. Harbison, Institute Professor at M.I.T., is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Concert musicians include Lynn Torgove, mezzo-soprano; Judith Gordon on the piano; Gabriela Diaz on violin; David Russel on cello; Christopher Krueger on flute; Rane Moore on clarinet; and Craig McNutt, percussion.

Immediately preceding the concert, chair and professor of music W. Anthony Sheppard and professor of poetry Lawrence Raab will engage Harbison, Glück, Fisher, and poet and Pulitzer Prize winning critic Lloyd Schwartz in a panel discussion about the process of setting poetry to music. For more information call 413-597-3146 or visit music.williams.edu.

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