Interval: Poems Based on Bach's "Goldberg Variations"
Poetry reading by Alice Fogel and piano performance by Junhong Jiang
In this series of poems responding to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” Fogel pays homage to the 274-year-old masterpiece and renders from it a luminous new interpretation. The readings will be accompanied by Boston Conservatory student Junhong Jiang on piano.
Alice Fogel is an American poet, writer, and professor, and the current poet laureate of the state of New Hampshire (2014-2018). She is author of four poetry collections, most recently, Interval: Poems based on Bach's "Goldberg Variations,” which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature.
Pianist Junhong Jiang began learning piano at the age of 5. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in both China and the United States. After receiving his diploma from Xinghai Conservatory of Music High School, Jiang began his studies at the Boston Conservatory in 2012. Here, he has performed as part of The Boston Conservatory Honors Quartet and Hemenway Strings, and also in various other solo capacities. Jiang is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Music Degree under the tutelage of Max Levinson.
The Boston Athenæum presents this event in celebration of National Poetry Month. Browse the stacks or schedule time in the Vershbow Reading Room to dive into the Athenæum’s rich and diverse poetry collection, which includes everything from Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey to the poems of Phillis Wheatley, from the works of Emily Dickinson to contemporary poetry by Zubair Ahmed and Alice Walker.
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