Lecture: Some Favored Nook – Setting Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s Words to Music

Friday, March 1, 2019

5:00pm - 6:30pm

John Hay Library

Assistant Professor of Music Eric Nathan will speak about the creative process of composing the dramatic song cycle Some Favored Nook, created in collaboration with librettist Mark Campbell. Nathan will speak about the art of setting Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s words to music, the collaborative workshop process, and the music of composers Amy Beach and Copland, which will also be featured in a FirstWorks performance on March 3 at 2pm at the First Unitarian Church, where Some Favored Nook will receive its New England Premiere. For the March 1 lecture, the John Hay Library will exhibit materials from its collection by composer Amy Beach and poet Emily Dickinson.

This talk is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

About Some Favored Nook

A new dramatic song cycle from Brown University assistant professor, composer Eric Nathan, based on the incredible 24-year correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and essayist, abolitionist, women’s rights advocate, and Colonel of the first black regiment in the Civil War, Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Some Favored Nook places Dickinson’s writings in the context of the Civil War and focuses on her private struggle as a female poet in a patriarchal society. Resonant with themes of love, death, women’s rights and civil rights – issues that are as relevant in today’s deeply divided world as they were in Dickinson’s time, the concert pairs Nathan’s original composition and with a libretto by Mark Campbell with composer Amy Beach’s song, “I Shall Be Brave,” Samuel Barber’s “Three Songs, Op. 10,” and Aaron Copland’s iconic “Twelve Poems by Emily Dickinson.”

Find more information about the performance and purchase tickets at http://first-works.org/events/some-favored-nook/

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