Emily Dickinson is one of the most original poets America has ever produced, but also one of the least understood. Deceptively simple at times, mysterious at others, she is a complex writer who can deliver a verse with an impact on the reader that is nothing short of stunning. Unknown during her life, deemed too "irregular" for publication, her first posthumous collection immediately sold out through six printings. There is an unmistakable intimacy and power to the poet's voice—her verses, like Shakespeare's, first startle us with their remarkable immediacy, then astound with their beauty and breadth. This Winter quarter, Continuing Studies offers you three opportunities to increase your appreciation of Dickinson's work, and discover why this brilliant and reclusive writer continues to be one of the most popular poets in the English language.
The Music Emily Heard
This evening presents the music of Emily Dickinson's life—parlor piano pieces drawn from her own Songbook; hymns she sang in meeting; songs drawn from the 1851 performance by Jenny Lind—the Swedish Nightingale—which Dickinson attended; the music of the American Civil War; as well as other popular songs of the time mentioned in her letters. All will be performed on period instruments such as the harmonium, parlor guitar, and harp, and will use historical sheet music. This program offers the unique opportunity to hear the actual music Emily heard in the way she might have heard it. Researched, arranged, and performed by David Giovacchini and ensemble.
Wednesday, February 13
Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center
FREE; no registration required
Open to the public
Admission InfoFree and open to public.