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The Darwin Music and Poetry Project

February 19, 2010

If, as Charles Darwin once wrote, “there is grandeur in this view of life,” there is also poetry. The APS Museum and Network for New Music joined forces for an evening of new chamber works inspired by the ideas, the life, and the writings of Darwin. Philadelphia composer Maurice Wright was commissioned to create an original work for instrumental ensemble, projected video, and computer sound. Composers and poets involved in Network’s innovative Poetry Project series took the stage to present new works for voice (baritone Randall Scarlata) and small ensemble. The text for these pieces were works by Philadelphia-area poets created in response to the Dialogues exhibition. Each score was the work of a student composer from Philadelphia-area universities.

“The Monogamous Man” for Baritone, Flute, Cello.
Composer: David Carpenter (Temple University)
Poet: Jose Cedillos

“Transmutation” for Baritone, Flute, Violin, Cello.
Composer: Andrew Litts (Temple University)
Poet: Beth Feldman Brandt

“Megathere, Multiplexing” for Baritone, Violin, Cello.
Composer: Ian Munro (University of the Arts)
Poet: Cort Day

“Megathere, Multiplexing” for Baritone, Flute, Clarinet, Cello.
Composer: Daniel Nelson (University of Pennsylvania)
Poet: Cort Day

“The Monogamous Man” for Baritone, Cello.
Composer: Daniel Shapiro (Curtis Institute)
Poet: Jose Cedillos

Click here to read the poems that inspired the composers

Friday, February 19, 2010 at 8 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2 PM

concert held in:
Benjamin Franklin Hall
American Philosophical Society
427 Chestnut Street