The Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 p.m.
In The Picnic Cantata, four women go on a car trip, eat their lunch in the open air, read the newspaper, and drive home tired but happy. Composer Paul Bowles and poet James Schuyler turn this Sunday journey into a quiet masterpiece - a tuneful, witty, and subtly moving work rarely performed since its 1954 premiere. It is paired with two world premieres: a suite of songs from Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s latest opera Dinner at Eight, and a new song cycle by Gabriel Kahane, whose recent CD The Ambassadors was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.”
Just announced to this program is the world premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s song cycle Six Packets of Oatmeal (taken from Galway Kinnell’s poem of the same name) which was written at the time of the 2016 election and is a response to our times.
“A hotbed of intriguing selections and rising singers...” – The New York Times