12 Aug 2018
In this special concert at the High Court of Australia, Kompactus will present works featuring the lyrical poetry of Sara Teasdale.
Teasdale’s poetry is broadly considered to be musical in its own right, inspiring many composers to set her poetry to music in moving ways. Teasdale received public admiration for her well-crafted lyrical poetry centred on a woman’s changing perspectives on beauty, love, and death. Many of Teasdale’s poems chart developments in her own life, from her experiences as a sheltered young woman in St. Louis, to those as a successful yet increasingly uneasy writer in New York City, and then to a depressed and disillusioned person. She committed suicide in 1933. Although later critics would not consider Teasdale a major poet, she was popular in her lifetime with both the public and critics. She won the first Columbia Poetry Prize in 1918, a prize that would later be renamed the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
The Kompactus Youth Choir is a university-age choir formed in 2009 by countertenor David Yardley to develop the skills of young choristers.
Duration 60 minutes.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop.
Admission to this concert is strictly by registration only. Registration opens 12 July 2018.