Thursday, July 4th, 2:00 PM
201 St. Johns Avenue
Highland Park, Illinois
Tickets $10-60; on sale as of April 25
The Poetry Foundation and Ravinia present the world premiere of the chamber orchestra version of Leonard Bernstein's Songfest, Bernstein’s commission for the United States bicentennial set to music the work of nationally treasured poets Conrad Aiken, Anne Bradstreet, Julia De Burgos, Gregory Corso, E.E. Cummings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Frank O'Hara, Edgar Allan Poe, Gertrude Stein, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Walt Whitman. Alexander Platt conducts the Ensemble Dal Niente with singers from the Lyric Ryan Opera Center and original poems read by players from Writers’ Theatre in Platt's own arrangement.
Co-sponsored with Ravinia
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.