Poetry Through Music
With the Greater Victoria Public Library & the Civic Engagement Quartet
Apr 23, 2021 1:00pm
Apr 30, 2021 1:00pm
Venue Pacific Opera Website
Celebrate Poetry Month with Pacific Opera Victoria’s Civic Engagement Quartet and the Greater Victoria Public Library as they delve into music’s poetic bones, showcasing how music and poetry are two sides of the same coin.
Join Simran Claire as she shares the poetic elements in En Sourdine, how it is influenced by symbolism and uses the sounds of the words to evoke both meaning and feeling in the listeners. Let those feelings wash over you as Simran performs the song for you.
Join Kaden Forsberg as he describes the intricacy of the poetry involved in song-cycles and the intimate harmonic relations between each song. Using the sixteen songs in Schumann’s Dichterliebe as an example, he paints a picture showing how, while each piece is lovely on it’s own, they become a grandiose work of art when put together. He then performs Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, the first song of the cycle.
Celebrate both Poetry Month and Canada with Civic Engagement Quartet member Micah Schroeder as he draws parallels between Canada’s cold, crisp, dewy air and the gliding music of Srul Irving Glick’s Wilderness on Centre Island.
To end our celebration of Poetry Month, Charlotte Siegel beautifully performs Gretchen am Spinnrade, a song often described as “an exquisite marriage between music and poetry”. She shows that at their foundation, music and poetry are both based on the same thing: emotion.