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Concerts
The 77th Season of Concerts 2018–2019
Poulenc Trio
From Nature, Truth: Whitman, Ruskin and the American Pre-Raphelites

May 5 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court

John Ruskin, in his epic treatise on art and morality, exhorted artists to “Paint the leaves as they grow! If you can paint one leaf, you can paint the world!” Ruskin’s writings inspired the American Pre-Raphaelites, a group of artists who created landscapes and portraits that celebrated nature in close-up detail. Ruskin admired the work of poet Walt Whitman, born in the same year as Ruskin, who also wrote about the glories of the natural world in addition to music. In From Nature, Truth, the Poulenc Trio explores the circles of inspiration that drove both writers, as well as the composers that influenced and were influenced by their work. The concert features composers who inspired Ruskin and the American Pre-Raphaelites, Whitman’s favorite work by Beethoven, and Andrew List’s world premiere in celebration of Whitman’s (and Ruskin’s) 200th birth anniversaries.

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