Poetry for the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble


Commission sponsors Jim and Pauline Toevs, and poet Miriam Sagan and composer David Beatty. The Ensemble says: It was so exciting to sing “Mementos of the Compass of Time” for the first time for them!

Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble

In our spring concert, the Women’s Ensemble is thrilled to join with the Durango Women’s Choir, directed by Linda Mack Berven, to explore the many ways we connect with one another, through the music of Stroope, Ellingboe, Guillaume, Sacchini and Brahms. The highlight of the concert will be the premiere of our beautiful new commission, Mementos of the Compass of Time, composed by David Beatty and featuring poetry of Miriam Sagan.

Spring Concert

With the Durango Women’s Choir directed by Linda Mack Berven.

First Presbyterian Church, April 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

The process on this has been interesting. I haven’t worked with musicians since my punk band Poetry Devils in the 1980’s! I gave composer David Beatty a kind of “text”–not a fixed poem. He did some editing and we revised and changed things. The piece is in the classic structure of the four seasons.
Last week I attended a rehearsal. The music is truly lovely! It was also emotionally touching to watch the singers. This being a small town, I’ve known many of them in different contexts. And this being Santa Fe, I know that what I experience–aspens turning yellow on a mountainside, cycles of wind and rain–is familiar to them as well.

“To remember
is also to forget.”

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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