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March 06, 2009

In the second event of LACO’s new Westside Connections series, former three-term poet laureate Robert Pinsky enthralled the audience with poetry readings and new insights into the links between poetry and music. To complement the musical program, Pinsky read the following poems:

  • To Earthward – Robert Frost
  • His Excuse for Loving – Ben Johnson
  • Adam’s Curse – William Butler Yeats
  • Love Song – William Carlos Williams
  • Love Song: I and Thou – Allan Duggan
  • Eros Turannos – Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Love Song – Carol Muske-Dukes
  • Antique, The Want Bone, Samurai Song – Robert Pinsky
  • (#511) If I were coming in the fall – Emily Dickinson

Interspersed between Pinsky’s poetry readings, the Orchestra performed Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds and Schoenberg’s dramatic Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”). The performance included a unique juxtaposition of poetry and music when Jeffrey Kahane improvised musical accompaniment as Pinsky read his poem Antique and later Samurai Song.

Listen to the podcast with Robert Pinsky as he talks with USC’s Brian Lauritzen about the links between poetry and music. The discuss how he chose the poems for the March 5 program and how his Favorite Poem Project highlights the role of poetry in everyday Americans’ lives.

The evening also included an exciting announcement about the series’ current California poet laureate Carol Muske-Dukes joins LACO as the special guest on the final Westside Connections event of the series on April 23. We hope to see you there!

1 comment

It would be great if you could post the names and authors of the poems read by Dana Gioia at the earlier concert!

  • —Bpb Baler, March 13, 2009 11:18 pm

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