May She Love: Songs & Opera Celebrating Sappho & Stein

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Friday, August 2, 2019 | Start Time: 08:00 PM


Come to Station North’s Studio 5N for a short and sweet concert of music celebrating the words and lives of two of the most famous lesbian writers in history: Sappho and Gertrude Stein. The program includes three pieces, a song cycle that sets completions of Sappho’s poetic fragments, imagined by poet Jordi Alonso; a setting of Gertrude Stein’s epic poem “Stanzas in Meditation,” and a concert performance of Peter Dayton’s chamber opera “MAY SHE | SHE MAY” about Gertrude Stein’s first lesbian love affair, a pivotal point in her life that took place in Baltimore in 1900, the events of which culminated in Stein moving to Paris and becoming a writer.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 and will be taken at the door.

May She Love: Songs & Opera Celebrating Sappho & Stein
Music by Peter Dayton

“Entwine Our Tongues: Sapphic Fragments” for Soprano and Reeds, text by Jordi Alonso (after Sappho)
Katie Procell – Soprano
Garrett Hale, Andrea Copland – Oboes
Brian Tracey, Jennifer Hughson – Clarinets

“If They Delight” for Soprano and Piano, text by Gertrude Stein
Katie Procell – Soprano
Valerie Hsu – Piano

“MAY SHE | SHE MAY: A Chamber Opera in One Act,” libretto by Peter Dayton
Arianna Arnold – Gertrude Stein
Katie Procell – May Bookstaver
Hannah Wardell – Mabel Neath
Valerie Hsu – Harpischord
Aaron Thacker – Piano
Ben Giroux – Percussion