The Rare Music Series, which was inaugurated in the fall, continues with monthly events through April. The spring semester programs begin on 19 January at 4:00pm in the Perkins Library Rare Book Room with “Winter Words: Thomas Hardy and Music,” an informal performance/conversation featuring lyric soprano Elizabeth Linnartz and pianist Deborah Hollis. A reception will follow the program.
Thomas Hardy was an amateur musician from a family of musicians. He collected musical instruments and manuscript tune books and preserved traditional British village music-making in his novels, short stories, and poems. In Winter Words Benjamin Britten has set eight Hardy poems to music that is both lyrical and haunting.
Limited parking will be available on the quad in front of the Chapel for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections and the Duke University Libraries.
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