I recently mentioned a new book about Edgar Allan Poe issuing from the English Department at Missouri State University in Springfield. The volume (neither quaint nor curious but simply well done and interesting) was researched and written primarily by graduate students under the tutelage of professor James S. Baumlin who, with Craig A. Meyer and Ethan Prince, also edited the result. I wrote the foreword. I posted, on April, how you can obtain copies of the book (only $5.00) from the MSU book store.
Now it’s time to further explore the world of this masterful author and poet with a public reading from his work. Jim Baumlin has put together a roster of Poe’s works that are well worth reading and pondering. The event takes place next Friday evening (April 12). Here is the program. If you live within driving distance and would like to spend an evening with Edgar Allan Poe, I hope you’ll consider it.
The Tell-Tale Chautauqua: Poe Expressed
7:00-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 12
Library Center Auditorium
Readings and Songs of a Macabre Mood, Featuring the MSU Opera Theatre, with
Friends of MSU English Society
MSU Opera Theatre Directed by Ann Marie Daehn
Choreography by Darryl Clark
Linda Dunn, pianist
1. Film: Edgar Allan Poe (1909). Dir. D.W. Griffith. Perf. Barry O’Moore and Linda Arvidson.
2. Introductions by Lorraine Sandstrom, et al.
3. Thematic Introduction and Reading: E. A. Poe, “Alone” (1829). Perf. David L. Harrison.
4. Song: “Evening Star,” from Five Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (1986). Comp. James Poulsen. Soloist: Martin Wilson.
5. Reading: E. A. Poe, “The City in the Sea” (1831). Perf. Shannon M. Hays.
6. Trio: “Our Next Motion,” Witch Scene from Dido and Aeneas (1688). Comp. Henry Purcell. Soloists: Melody Gilbert, Brittany Griffin, and Doris Eng Chee Chua. With the MSU Opera Theater Chorus.
7. Reading: E. A. Poe, “Annabel Lee” (1849). Perf. Sara Docker.
8. Song: “Seal Man” (1922). Comp. Rebecca Clarke. Soloist: Angela Holland.
9. Reading: E. A. Poe, “The Bells” (1849). Perf. Donald Holliday.
10. Aria: “Queen of the Night,” from The Magic Flute (1791). Comp. Wolfgang A. Mozart. Soloist: Traci Prichard.
11. Reading: Excerpt from E. A. Poe, “Ligeia” (1848). Perf. Tita F. Baumlin.
12. Duet: From The Turn of the Screw (1954). Comp. Benjamin Britten. Soloists: Alyssa Phinney and Loriana Zavala.
13. Reading: Excerpt from E. A. Poe, “Shadow—A Parable” (1835). Perf. Darryl Clark.
14. Song: “When the Night Wind Howls,” from Ruddigore; or The Witch’s Curse (18). Comp. Gilbert and Sullivan. Soloists: Tylor Marsyla and Jared Swope. With the men of the MSU Opera Theatre Chorus.
15. Reading: Excerpt from “Poe’s Last Laugh” (2012). Comp. Professor Hestia. Perf. Tita F. Baumlin.