Letters of the American South
"Letters of the American South" takes a journey through first-hand stories of the Southern United States, placing Southern musical compositions in conversation with poems, letters, and literature from Southern writers. Woven together through the diverse abilities of an actor, pianist, violinist, and singer (all of whom share through more than one discipline), the program brings the beauty and poignancy of these art forms into the room, offering each audience member multiple pathways into the South's collective history. Musical programming includes works by Charles Ives, H.T. Burleigh, Gladys Rich, Thomas A. Dorsey, Stephen Foster, and William Grant Still, among others, while spoken texts include words by Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, Emma Lazarus, Kate Chopin, Bryan Stevenson, and Eudora Welty. The inaugural tour of took place in the fall of 2017 in Georgia and was repeated on Governor’s Island in NY during the 2018 Rite of Summer Music Festival.