Jim Johnson to Perfrom Shakespeare’s Songs

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April 11th, 2012

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Professor Jim Johnson will participate in a lecture/recital on “Shakespeare’s Songs” featuring Christopher Ricks as lecturer, baritone Dana Whiteside, and pianist James Johnson.  The program features songs set to texts by William Shakespeare.  Composers include Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold.  The event will take place Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ruggles Church.  The church is near Boston University’s south campus, across from the Elephant Walk on the corner of Park Dr. and Beacon St.  (For directions, see: http://home.rugglesbaptistchurch.org/get-directions/.)  Admission is free.

Christopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University.  He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford 2004-2009.  Professor Ricks has written and edited more than twenty books spanning a fifty-year period.  His subjects have included T. S. Eliot, John Keats, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Samuel Beckett, and Bob Dylan.  W. H. Auden described him as “exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding.”

Dana Whiteside is a soloist and chorister with Boston’s Emmanuel Music.  A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Mr. Whiteside has performed as soloist with the Cantata Singers, Vox Humana, and the Florestan Recital Project in such works as Carmina Burana, Brahms’ German Requiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion.  Mr. Whiteside is Deputy Director for Community Economic Development in the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

James Johnson is Associate Professor of History at Boston University.  He is the author of two award-winning books and numerous articles and reviews.  As pianist, Professor Johnson delivers regular lecture/recitals on music in its cultural, social, and political contexts.  During his 15-year collaboration with Dana Whiteside, the pair have explored themes touching German romanticism, American composers in Paris, European music between the two world wars, and the French fin-de-siècle.