Self-Portrait: Ricky Ian Gordon at Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
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The Dessoff Choirs’ Mid-Winter Festival, WORD•PLAY, continues on February 7 at 8pm with Self-Portrait: Ricky Ian Gordon at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61th Street. This intimate evening features the award-winning composer-lyricist performing his music and sharing stories about his life and deep relationship with poetry.
Gordon’s passion for poetry dates back to his childhood and has provided inspiration for a great deal of his works since. He describes his motivation to compose music set to poems, “I set poems to music because by doing so, they enter me like fresh water and they seem to clear away the cobwebs. It is like putting the right info into my hard drive as an antidote to all the spam. Poetry is often my savior.” His 2012 album, Silver Rain, is a compilation of songs he wrote set to the poetry of Langston Hughes, performed by soprano Nicole Cabell. A recent review in Gramophone said of the album, “In short, his songs are gems of concision and emotional directness.” TICKETS: $15-40, children under 12 free for all programs. For individual tickets, please visit dessoff.org, or call (212) 831-8224.