Ross Bauer's Waters Wrecked the Sky and other Emily Dickinson settings - Brandeis University, March 15th


Mar 15 2014 - 8:00pm

Emily Dickinson (1830-86)Emily Dickinson (1830-86)The acclaimed duo of Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and pianist Lois Shapiro will celebrate the poetry of Emily Dickinson in a recital of modern song settings including Aaron Copland's "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson," a world premiere from Brandeis Department of Music chair Yu-Hui Chang, as well as new Dickinson cycles by Ross Bauer (The Waters Wrecked the Sky) and Eric Sawyer. Location: Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. This follows a symposium performace given at Wellesley College last year.

The Bauer work, “The Waters Wrecked the Sky,” sets five poems offering a sometimes terrifying, sometimes awe-struck experience of the forces of nature. Sawyer’s cycle, “Jehovah’s Watch,” draws on six poems connected to time and disruptions of time’s rhythms. Combined with the familiar Copland cycle, the program offers a broad perspective of modern musical approaches to Dickinson’s poetry.