Ars Poetica: Our Annual Art Song Event May 10th

Please join us for Ars Poetica, an Art Song event co-sponsored by Memorious and Singers On New Ground at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on May 10th, 2013 at 7 pm. The winning poem from our Annual Art Song Contest, Richie Hofmann’s “Old World Elegy,” has been set by guest composer Brian Baxter  and will be performed by  featuring Chicago Q Ensemble and singers Jenna Lyle, Angela Tomasino, and Alison Wahl. Other composers include Seth Boustead, Luke Gullickson, Jenna Lyle, and Eric Malmquist. Poets include Rebecca Morgan Frank, Chloe Honum, Laura Kasischke, and Virginia Konchan.

A studio recording of the piece will be published alongside the poem in the Spring/Summer issue of Memorious. The issue will also include poems by the four finalists for the contest: Sam Cha, Keith Leonard, Tyler Mills, and Phoebe Reeves.

Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.  His poems appear or are forthcoming in a number of magazines, including Poetry, the Yale Review, and the New Yorker, and have been honored with the Academy of American Poets Prize, the 2011 AWP Intro Journal Award for Poetry, and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  He is currently pursuing an MFA in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars.

Brian Baxter (b.1985) is a Chicago-based composer, drummer, and new music producer.  Recent performances of Brian’s music have taken place across the US.  He has written music for the Anaphora Ensemble, Champaign-­‐Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Chicago Q Ensemble, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Gaudete Brass, Palomar Ensemble, Singers On New Ground, and Sissy-­‐Eared Mollycoddles. Brian has been a three-­‐time ASCAPLUS award recipient. Co-founder of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, a group dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers, Brian currently serves as its Chair of the Board of Directors.  He is an active drummer and organizer with the new music collective, theSissy-Eared Mollycoddles. He also works in operations with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras where he founded and teaches a Composition Seminar for CYSO student composers.

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