Words and Music
A Conversation About “Project Orfeo”
Join us for a casual discussion with novelist Richard Powers, violist Jonathan Bagg, and composer Scott Lindroth about collaborations between musicians and writers, and these artists’ experience working together on “Project Orfeo,” a mixed-media concert that combines readings by Powers from his 2014 novel, Orfeo, with music composed by Lindroth and performed by musicians including Bagg, the Horszowski Piano Trio, clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, and flutist Laura Gilbert. Read the Boston Globe‘s coverage of “Project Orfeo.”
Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. A performance of Project Orfeo will take place on Sunday, September 25, at 4 pm in Baldwin Auditorium. Powers’ visit and the performance of Project Orfeo are co-sponsored by Duke University’s Department of Music and the Humanities Futures Initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Development of the Orfeo Project was supported by Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, NH, Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts.
Born in 1957 in Evanston, Illinois, Richard Powers lived in Bangkok, Thailand from age eleven to sixteen while his father taught there. Upon the family’s return to the United States he majored in physics at the University of Illinois, but later switched to English, in which he subsequently received his…...Read More
Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice at Duke University, and violist of the Ciompi String Quartet. His career with the Ciompi includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the world, as well as many recordings. Currently co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, which he…...Read More
Scott Lindroth has been on the music faculty at Duke since 1990 and currently serves as vice provost for the arts. His music has been performed worldwide by major orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Netherlands Wind…...Read More