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Whitman and the Civil War

Date: Saturday - March 09, 2019
Time: 3:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan
Tansal Arnas UNIS '97 is President of the Dessoff Choirs and extends an invitation to all NYSAIS members.

NYSAIS Members are invited to a series of concerts and pre-concert lectures around the life of Walt Whitman.

Pre-concert talk - 3:15 pm
Civil War Poetry of Walt Whitman
Dr. Karen Karbiener


This program reflects on the Civil War as seen through Whitman’s eyes. As a volunteer nurse in a Washington, D.C. military hospital, he was witness to the many horrors that wars inflict.

René Clausen’s Three Whitman Songs and Jeffrey Van’s A Procession Winding Around Me: Four Civil War Poems offers contemporary settings of Whitman’s poetry, the latter with guitar along with two world premieres: Ian Sturges Milliken Whispers of Heavenly Death and the other, a Dessoff commission by Eve Belgarian, British composers Stanford and Holst both set Whitman’s elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoln “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd” with full Victorian splendor. Also, we present the final installment (over three seasons) of Bach’s six motets, Der geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, written for a funeral.


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