Walt Whitman Wednesday

A Day-Long Exploration and Celebration
of the Poetry by Walt Whitman

calendar of events

(all events are FREE unless otherwise noted)

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Walt Whitman: Bard of democracy
10:00a - 11:30a

Source presents Ed Folsom, Whitman Archive co-director, and editor of theWalt Whitman Quarterly Review. Join us for this lecture by the national authority on the life and poetry of Walt Whitman as we kick-off our day-long celebration of the bard’s bicentennial.

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Discussion: The pitfalls of setting whitman
1:30p - 2:30p

With more than 1,200 musical settings of his poetry, Whitman stands as one of the most frequently set poets of all time. What makes his verses so attractive to some while others stay far away from this ground-breaking free verse?

Composer Libby Larsen and tenor Paul Sperry lead a discussion about the musical settings of Walt Whitman. From the perspectives of musical creator and musical interpreter, join the conversation in discussing the unique joys and woes of Whitman and music.

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To the Perfect Shape Comes Common Ground:
How text gets paired with song

Please join us for an exploration of the innovative world where poem and song unite. How do composers choose poetry to set to music? When do they commission new poems? What’s it like to write a poem for music?

 Source Song Festival is pleased to host a discussion exploring these and other questions. Panelists are: poets Joyce Stuphen and Michael Dennis Browne, and composers Carol Barnett and Liam Moore.

This event includes world premieres by Libby Larsen and Carol Barnett written especially for this occasion.


Walt Whitman in song

Co-Curated and hosted by tenor Paul Sperry and Ed Folsom, Co-Director of the Whitman Archive, this unique recital experience celebrates the Bicentennial of poet Walt Whitman.

Join Source as we offer an evening rich in text, eclectic in musical language, and performed by participants in the MNDuo Program.