Soprano Catherine Compton and pianist Allan Armstrong present a recital of American composers and poets entitled My People: Songs and stories of American lives. Featuring gripping photographs and artwork, the concert will explore artists and their contributions to shaping and reflecting the American experience. Compton and Armstrong will offer insight into how composers’ families immigrated to America, helping to create a great nation of diverse voices.
The program features Samuel Barber’s masterwork “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” with text by James Agee. Songs by Amy Beach, Charles Ives, André Previn, Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Lee Hoiby with poetry by Emily Dickinson, Emma Lazarus, and Langston Hughes will further weave a narrative celebrating the richness of American culture.