The Dessoff Choirs, Malcolm J. Merriweather, music director, presents a program that reflects on the Civil War as seen through Walt Whitman’s eyes. René Clausen’s Three Whitman Songs and Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me: Four Civil War Poems offer contemporary settings of Whitman’s poetry, the latter accompanied by guitar. The program also features a world premiere: Ian Sturges Milliken’s Whispers of Heavenly Death, British composer Charles Villiers Stanford with a setting of Whitman’s elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoln “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” in full Victorian splendor and Kurt Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs. Also, we present the final installment (over three seasons) of J.S. Bach’s six motets, Der geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, which was written for a funeral.
Pre-concert talk by Whitman scholar, Dr. Karen Karbiener begins at 3:15 pm.
Details and tickets available at dessoff.org.