viernes, 16 de octubre de 2009

Word, Deed and Heart


“Word, Deed and Heart – Palabra, Obra y Corazón”:

Composer and Poet in Dialog and Performance

What: Trinity faculty member composer Douglas Bruce Johnson and award-winning poet Medardo Arias Satizábal will present an evening of dialog and performance based on Johnson’s 2002 song cycle, Palabra, Obra y Corazon. In a unique Spanish-English bi-lingual format, the audience will meet and dialog with the composer, the poet and the performers—in poetic word and musical deed. Distinguished Boston contralto Elizabeth Anker will be joined by performers Janet Dixon-Metcalf, alto flute; Trinity ethnomusicologist Eric Galm, roto-toms; and Douglas Johnson, viola. Conversation between audience and performers will be facilitated in both Spanish and English by Professor Anne Gebelein and International Studies major Melody Mendoza.

When: Saturday, October 4, 2008 ~ 8 p.m.

Where: Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center on the Trinity College Campus

Background: Composer Douglas Bruce Johnson met the award-winning Colombian poet and author Medardo Arias-Satizábal, in 1999 when he came to Hartford as his wife, ethnomusicologist and performer Lise Waxer, joined the Trinity music department faculty. A warm relationship soon developed between them, and Arias responded generously to Johnson’s request for some of his poems to set to music. In 2001, contralto Elizabeth Anker asked Johnson for a new composition to present in recital at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. A selection of Arias’ poems seemed the perfect choice.

The five poems explore several related themes: language, meaning and understanding, the grandeur of the natural world, social justice and responsibility, and human love and renewal. The music is composed for a chamber ensemble of equal voice-ranges, but of radically different sound colors, as a way to explore the vibrant images that Arias’ poetry evokes.

To hear and explore these pieces in a conversational setting with all creative parties present—poet, composer and performers—is a truly rare opportunity.

In August 2002, when Professor Waxer passed away at the age of 37, these poems and their music took on a new depth of meaning. The performance is offered in her abiding memory.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information please contact Douglas Johnson at 297-2201, or email Access the Austin Arts Center web page at