A Whitman Sampler

It has been suggested that Walt Whitman’s poetry has been set to music more than that of any other American poet except for Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Some call Whitman a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante and Shakespeare. Whitman’s poetry celebrates democracy, nature, love and friendship.

With Ellen Fast, piano; Kathryn Copeland Donaldson, soprano and Brian Doherty, bass

September 28, 7:30PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church and September 29, 3:00 PM at Shadyside Presbyterian Church

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READING: "Song of Myself" (excerpt from Section 25)

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892

"Give Me Your Splendid Silent Sun"

Barlow Bradford

"Keep Your Splendid, Silent Sun"

Barlow Bradford

READING: "To Think of Time," v.11 from "Leaves of Grass"

Walt Whitman

"Darest Thou, O Soul"

Colin Eatock

SOLO: "Geheimes Flustern hier und dort" Kathryn Copeland Donaldson, soprano

Hermann Rollet, 1819-1904

READING: "Song to Myself," Section 50

Walt Whitman

"Celebrations"

Vincent Persichetti, 1915-1987

"My Spirit is Uncaged"

Paul Rardin

READING: "Song of Myself," Section 26

Walt Whitman

"Always Something Sings"

Brandon Hurley, b. 1992

"The Day is Done"

Stephen Paulus, 1949-2014

"The Last Invocation"

Randall Thompson, 1899-1984

SOLO: From "I Was There," "A Clear Midnight" & "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!" Brian Doherty, baritone

Lee Hoiby, 1926-2011

"I Hear America Singing"

Walt Whitman

"A Jubilant Song"

Norman Dello Joio, 1913-2008