Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I'm writing a couple of months ahead of time so you'll mark the date. On Sunday, March 6, Cantori, a 36-member vocal ensemble, will perform the world premiere of "Night Keeps Its Promise," a song cycle by Frank Ezra Levy on my poetry.
The performance will take place 5 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues. In addition to "Night Keeps Its Promise," Cantori will sing gypsy songs on poems by Lorca and Renaissance madrigals.
Frank Levy composed the song cycle on three of my poems: "The Italian," published in Voices in Italian Americana in 2010; "Bellman of the Dead," which appears in my first book, The Plague Psalms; and "The Sea at Our Door," published in River Oak Review in 2008.
"Night Keeps Its Promise" is our second collaboration. In 2009, Kean University presented the world premiere of our first song cycle, "A Cycle by the Sea." Frank was for many years a cellist with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. His symphonic work appears in the American Classics Series on the Naxos label. The series includes recordings of works by John Cage, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem.
Here's the link to Cantori's website, where you can purchase tickets. I hope to see you on March 6.
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