“A Stranger I Arrived, A Stranger I Departed”: Winter’s Journey in Poetry and SongTuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Franz Schubert’s great 19th-century song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. Three Pittsburgh poets (Lori Jakiela, Sheila Carter-Jones, Adriana E. Ramirez) will give readings of new work responding to the first twelve songs of the cycle, along with live performances of the corresponding songs by baritone Daniel Teadt and pianist Benjamin Binder.
Lori Jakiela is the author of four memoirs, including Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, which received the 2016 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing from Stanford University. Her latest book, Portrait of the Artist as a Bingo Worker, was completed during a City of Asylum residency in Brussels, Belgium — an experience for which she will always be grateful. She is also the author of a full-length poetry collection, Spot the Terrorist, and five poetry chapbooks. She directs the undergraduate writing program at Pitt-Greensburg and teaches community and veterans writing workshops in her hometown, Trafford, PA, where she lives with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their children. Her author website is http://lorijakiela.net.
Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.
Sheila L. Carter-Jones taught in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and in Chatham University’s and the University of Pittsburgh’s Education Departments. She earned her BA from Carnegie Mellon University and both an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and a Walter Dakins Fellow of the 2015 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Her poetry has been published in Crossing Limits, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pennsylvania Review, Tri-State Anthology, Riverspeak, Flights: The Literary Journal of Sinclair College, Coal: A Poetry Anthology, City Paper, Cave Canem Anthology, Jewish Currents and Voices from the Attic. She has a chapbook entitled Blackberry Cobbler Song and her manuscript Three Birds Deep was selected by Elizabeth Alexander as the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. Her recent chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was named runner-up for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Currently, Sheila is working on a new manuscript of poems tentatively entitled The Newly Invented Lucky Star Dream Book and a memoir yet to be titled.
Benjamin Binder, pianist and musicologist, is Associate Professor of Music at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music. He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Washington University and a Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University. His scholarly work on 19th-century German Romantic song has been published in Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Current Musicology, Music Theory Online, and the volume Rethinking Schubert. In 2016, his script for Thomas Hampson’s Song: Mirror of the World public radio series was broadcast nationwide on the WFMT Radio Network. Hailed as “a marvelous lieder pianist” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review), Dr. Binder has accompanied vocal and instrumental recitals throughout North America and serves as artistic director of the Pittsburgh Song Collaborative. He has also been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a performing participant in the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival.
Daniel Teadt has garnered international acclaim for his work on the opera and recital stage. A distinguished baryton-Martin, Mr Teadt has appeared in major opera houses and concert halls in the US, Europe and South America as well as engagements with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony in addition to his performance on a Grammy Award-winning recording with the London Symphony Orchestra. A passionate advocate for art songs and new music his recital collaborations include appearances with the Festival d’Aix-en-provençe, Ravinia Festival, San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Debut series, Music In A Great Space Recital Series, Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, New York Festival of Song and Lyric Fest. He has recorded with EMI Classics and Naxos. Mr Teadt is a Professor Of Music at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches Voice and English Literature and Repertoire.