The Grolier Poetry Book Shop Presents: Musical Notes at 90, Donald Hall & E.E. Cummings Poems, Set to Music

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00pm

Please join the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, the oldest poetry book shop in the United States, as we celebrate our 90th year with the first in a series of events. We are pleased to present this fundraiser featuring the work of two distinguished poets: Donald Hall and E.E. Cummings, set to music, at the Oberon on Tuesday, November 14, at 8 p.m. 


The music program will feature settings by Boston composers of poems from E. E. Cummings and Donald Hall, two important poets with deep ties to the Grolier. The program will begin with a performance of 4 settings of E. E. Cummings in Just- by 4 different WordSong composers [Howard Frazin, Benjamin Pesetsky, Tom Schnauber, and Adam Simon] performed by Krista River, mezzo soprano, Rafael Popper Keizer, cello, and Robert Schulz, marimba. This will be followed by the premiere of a new song cycle, Letting Go, by Howard Frazin that is a setting of 6 Donald Hall poems [The Wish, The Child, Moon Shot, Villanelle, By the Exeter River, and White Apples] performed by Keith Phares, baritone, and Linda Osborn, piano.  Letting Go is an early 90th birthday present for Mr. Hall and the presentation will include a video introduction by Donald Hall himself.


Please purchase tickets through Oberon Ticketing:


This fundraiser celebrates the rich literary tradition of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop while providing support as we plan for our 100th year. While much has changed since the Grolier opened its doors in 1927, what remains constant is that people need poetry, and poetry needs a home. The Grolier is that home. 


We hope to see you at our event, and we thank you for your support. 

$20 - $75
Grolier Poetry Bookshop
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138