Author: Suzanne DuPlantis

AMERICA SINGS – A Blog

Coyotes by Ricky Ian Gordon, to a poem by Ray Underwood “I understand you, coyotes. I understand the way you croon. I never did before, Before I hungered for his kisses, Underneath an amber moon…”   I love this song. A century ago when I was a young singer I went to a music festival in […]

AMERICA SINGS – A Blog

Lady of the Harbor    by Lee Hoiby (from The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, as it appears on the Statue of Liberty) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside […]

AMERICA SINGS – A Blog

The White Dawn Stealing  from “Four American Indian Songs” by Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881 – 1946) September 17, 2016           Okay, how’s this for a life? The year is 1851. You are born in NYC. You study business. No, wait, you really are a musician at heart. You study organ. Eh, no. […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 29, 2016 Am I Blue? The winner of our song competition, Isabella Nicole Ness, set a beautiful letter of Vincent Van Gogh, written to his brother Theo. Theo adored his older brother. He believed in him, supported him financially, and unfailingly encouraged him. Theo understood Vincent. Any who have stood before a Van […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

      March 25, 2016 Oh, Emily I don’t know about you, but I always think of Emily in her late, reclusive years. A kind of white clad angel-scribe, observing all of nature, and all the human heart can hold – from a 3X5 foot window on the second floor of her house on Main Street in […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 23, 2016 Dear Santa… When we were gathering composers for this letters project, we reached out to Logan Skelton. “As long as it’s an actual letter you can choose anything at all to set.” Anything… Everything. So close, these two. Dear Santa, All I want is just a little thing, but it […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 22, 2016 Zelda’s Dream The year is 1918 – Alabama in July, and without a doubt, it is sweltering. A vivacious, attention loving coquette with talents of her own encounters a soon-to-be famous author, and just like that, two wild, uneasy souls meet – and are doomed. But all that will come in good time. After a […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 21, 2016 The spectacle of life on the spectrum How’s this for an opener? “Dear Future Roommate, Don’t worry about us getting along. I’ve lived with crazy people all my life. My father is a poet, and his artsy friends—eccentric writers, boisterous musicians and neurotic painters— could populate a whole season of […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 14, 2016 Amelia Musings Just the name Amelia causes a deep stirring in me. I’m not exactly sure why. Could it be her mysterious death? Her missing body? A vague nostalgia for a bygone American Spirit? Or maybe it’s just the Joni Mitchell song, an ear-worm that has accompanied hundreds of my days. In August of 1928, Amelia became […]

Letters Set To Music – A Blog

    March 12, 2016 I am moaning over here. Alas! What ever happened to letter-writing?? Not that there isn’t something elegantly haiku-ish about the perfect tweet. But I don’t know, isn’t that more like grabbing some tasty fast food on a 5 minute lunch break compared with the slow deliciousness of an unhurried meal […]

BRAHMS – A Blog

    JOHANNES BRAHMS – Biography in Music (Rescheduled) CONCERT TONIGHT AT AVA, 7pm January 25, 2016 – Brahms-Humor (No, this is not a misnomer.) Don’t let this face fool you.       He could be funny. Okay, yes, he had a tendency to brood. (He once wrote “I have to confess …that I am […]

BRAHMS – A Blog

      January 21, 2016 – Brahms and Clara “I can do nothing but think of you and gaze constantly at your dear letter and portrait. What have you done to me? Can’t you remove the spell you have cast over me?” (21 year old Brahms to 34 year old Clara) The beginning of […]