I Sing The Body Electric: Walt Whitman and The Beat Generation

Co-presented with the Erato Ensemble

Just in time for Pride weekend, Erato Ensemble’s I Sing the Body Electric celebrates the Queer spirit of Walt Whitman and the Beat Generation, who dared to express an individual language and lifestyle in the midst of the conservative social mores of their times, changing our culture forever.

Walt Whitman’s poetry is the basis for an emotional love story of two men – from meeting , to falling in love, to separation by war and death. Music by Kurt Weill, Charles Naginski, William George and world premieres by Lloyd Burritt and Ben Schuman.

The Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Diane Di Prima inspire colorful new works by David Del Tredici, David Sisco, Jerome Kitzke, Steven Ebel, Anthony Ocaña, a “Beat Madrigal,” and a world premiere by Catherine Laub.

Erato Ensemble:

Catherine Laub, soprano

Melanie Adams, mezzo-soprano

Will George, tenor

Peter Alexander, baritone, percussion

Michael Park, piano

Cicely Nelson, violin

Mark Haney, double bass

This event is scent-reduced, and fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on how to support a scent-reduced event, please visit PeggyMunson.com. For a full accessibility audit of the space, visit Building Radical Accessible Communities.

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