Voice and Verse

May 28, 2021

Program and Description

FRI MAY 28 • 7:30 pm


Tickets for individual concerts on sale May 3.

AARON COPLAND: Selections from Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
MARIA SCHNEIDER: Selections from Winter Morning Walks
JOHN ADAMS: The Wound-Dresser

Robert Porco, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Sophia Burgos, soprano
Davóne Tines, baritone
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Vocal firebrands perform music inspired by poetry we can all relate to, especially now. Two-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke sings the words of Emily Dickinson, a poet who lived in near total isolation from the outside world.

“Her voice among the aisles Incites the timid prayer Of the minutest cricket, The most unworthy flower.”
– Emily Dickinson

Maria Schneider’s “hauntingly beautiful” (NPR) piece follows a poet’s road to recovery after cancer treatment, found on early morning walks near his Midwestern home. And Davóne Tines, an inspiration to composers like John Adams, connects us to Walt Whitman’s timeless perspective on loving and caring for others.