Composer’s poetry-inspired score to debut in special concert

Barbara Harbach, professor of music at UMSL, composed the musical score “Incantata for Chamber Ensemble,” which will make its debut Oct. 30 in the Touhill.

The premiere performance of “Incantata for Chamber Ensemble,” a musical score composed by Barbara Harbach and based on works by Irish poet Paul Muldoon, will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the North Campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The concert is being presented by Women in the Arts at UMSL and Poetry Scores, a St. Louis-based arts organization dedicated to translating poetry into other media. It is free and open to the public.

Harbach’s score to “Incantata” will be performed by an eight-member chamber orchestra conducted by James Richards, interim dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication at UMSL. The musicians are Paula Kasica (flute), Paul Garritson (clarinet), Donita Bauer (bassoon), Mary Schwartzwelder (horn), Paul Hecht (trumpet), Alla Voskoboynikova (piano), Jane Price (violin), Laura Reycraft (viola) and Marian Drake (cello). Sequenced around the four movements of the chamber piece, Eamonn Wall will perform Muldoon’s poem, an elegy for artist Mary Farl Powers.

Barbara Harbach is a professor of music at UMSL, and a composer, publisher and concert performer. Eamonn Wall is an Irish poet and professor of Irish literature at UMSL

Paul Muldoon is one of the most honored poets in the United States. He holds nine national awards for poetry, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Moy Sand and Gravel.”

Muldoon is the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities and a professor of creative writing and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey,

His poem “Incantata” was published in his book “The Annals of Chile,” published in 1994. The poem is both an elegy and a celebration of the late artist Mary Farl Powers.

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