“I Hear America Singing: a Celebration in Poetry and Music”
One of the many exciting events scheduled in San Antonio to honor National Poetry Month will take place at the Ecumenical Center on the evening of April 11th, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00. The title of this event is “I Hear America Singing: a Celebration in Poetry and Music” and it marks a threefold celebration that the Center is eager to share with its fellow San Antonians.
First of all, any proceeds from the event will benefit the newly established Therapeutic Expressive Arts Center of South Texas, which is now in the groundbreaking phase on the beautiful property adjacent to the Ecumenical Center. Secondly, this evening will serve as a formal announcement of the Center’s commitment to the addition, under Cyra Dumitru’s leadership, of Poetry Therapy as the newest of its Therapeutic Arts offerings, which is now available both in the format of group circles and as a component of individual counseling sessions.
Finally, the event will celebrate the interconnections between the arts that are represented by Art Song—the musical form which is created when a composer finds a poem that he is irresistibly drawn to set to music. So the program you will hear on April 11th will open with readings from the participants in the poetry circles, attesting to the healing powers of poetry. Then, for the second part of the program, working poets from all parts of our city will read the works of great poets from America’s literary past , after which the Art Song Duo featuring Flicka Rahn, soprano, and Ruth Friedberg, pianist, will perform for us the songs that America’s foremost composers have created as musical settings based on this rich poetic legacy.