Painter Grant Wood revealed little about the stoic pair of midwestern farmers portrayed in his American Gothic (1930). This concert aspires to musically capture the multiplicity of interpretations of Wood’s painting, from dark satire to a celebration of the American spirit. All musical selections are by American composers, including Amy Beach, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Libby Larson, and Charles Ives, with song texts by Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others. The centerpiece, combining melodrama with the macabre, is a musical setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Whether the weather be “dreary” or your mood “weak and weary,” you will enjoy this afternoon of “many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.”
Sunday, January 9
Two performances: 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church NEW VENUE, 725 W. 9th Ave.
Masks and proof of vaccination or negative test required.
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Kate Egan, soprano and narrator
Annie Herzog, mezzo-soprano
Luke Honeck, tenor
Kyle Gantz, baritone
Sharman Piper, oboe
Janet Carr-Campbell, piano and organ
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Supplementary song texts.