METAMORPHOSES: ORPHEUS IN OEDIPUS
FEATURING IGOR STRAVINSKY’S “OEDIPUS REX”
FEBRUARY 2

 
 


METAMORPHOSES: ORPHEUS IN OEDIPUS.  Join the Harvard Glee Club and Emmanuel Music for a stunning performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” on February 23, 2018. The performance will mark the 90th anniversary of the American premiere of Stravinsky’s piece that featured the Harvard Glee Club and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who commissioned the work. For this performance the Harvard Glee Club will be joined by 12 male members of Emmanuel Music’s chorus.

The concert will feature the following works:

Aucoin, The Orphic Moment
Harbison, Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex

Sanders Theatre
Harvard University
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8 PM

 


BERNSTEIN, OEDIPUS REX, AND THE HARVARD GLEE CLUB IN 1973

In 1972, Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard, his alma mater, to serve as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, with "Poetry" being defined in the broadest sense. The position, first created in 1925, asks faculty members to live on campus, advise students, and most importantly, deliver a series of six public lectures. T.S. Eliot, Aaron Copland, W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, Jorge Luis Borges -- they all previously took part in this tradition. And Bernstein did too.

Delivered in the fall of 1973 and collectively titled "The Unanswered Question," Bernstein's lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. But the focus inevitably comes back to music -- to how music works, or to the underlying grammar of music. The lectures run over 11 hours. They're considered masterpieces, beautiful examples of how to make complicated material accessible. In the 6th lecture Bernstein discusses predominantly Stravinsky, whom Bernstein considers the poet of the earth.  There is a beautiful performance of Oedipus Rex with Bernstein conducting the Harvard Glee Club.  The 6th lecture is below (the Harvard Glee Club performance starts at 1:57:15 in the video).