Come hear American music.
Oliver Worthington is hosting a concert full of new music by living American composers New Rorem and Butler faculty member Richard Auldon Clark. The concert will begin with a whimsical viola trio by Clark followed by a song cycle titled Distant Voices for baritone, flute, violin, viola and bassoon. After a short break you’ll hear Ned Rorem’s song cycle The Santa Fe Songs for baritone, violin, viola, cello and piano. The concert is part of the Duckwall Artist’s Series in the Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis on November 2, 2021.
Pulitzer prize winning composer Ned Rorem will celebrate his 98th birthday on October 23rd this year. His song cycle The Santa Fe Songs features the poetry of Witter Bynnner who often wrote under the pen name Emanuel Morgan. Although a New York native, he lived much of his life in Santa Fe and was active in the support and promotion of American poets creating a foundation and awards specifically for younger poets and poets of color.
Distant Voices by Clark uses four poems by women poets as texts. Spring in War-Time by Sara Teasdale, August by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, Ghosts by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and Autumn by Celia Thaxter. Clark is the conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra but also the founding director of the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. He is active as a composer, conductor, and violist.