An Evening with Emily: Songs by Copland, Hall, Harbach, and Walker

7p.m. Friday, November 4. TONIGHT!!!!

Amherst Woman's Club at 35 Triangle St, Amherst, MA 01002

Don't miss this intimate performance in the parlor of the Amherst Woman's Club of Dickinson settings given by Grammy award-winning soprano, Molly Fillmore.  Accompanied by pianist Elvia Puccinelli, Fillmore will perform Aaron Copeland's popular 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson (1949),  and art songs by contemporary American composers Juliana Hall and Gwyneth Walker set to Dickinson's poems and letters.  On creating the recital, Fillmore says, "I once taught a course in American art song and was thrilled, as I did my research, to discover that,  after Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson was among the three writers whose words are seemingly set to music by classical composers more than any others - the other two writers being Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. There is, in fact, so much vocal writing that one could even program multiple recitals with a different emphasis in each one.  Of course, the words need no music to be complete, but I think it always interesting to see the different ways in which people 'hear' Dickinson."   

A review of Juliana Hall's work in the Boston Globe noted she, "caught much of Emily Dickinson’s humor and gentle lyricism in seven songs drawn from her letters, ‘Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush.’ A bright, extended tonality and a moving, spare lyricism allowed the texts to breathe. Her first setting of ‘To Susan Gilbert’ was the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon."

Gwyneth Walker, a Massachusetts composer, writes, "The poetry of Emily Dickinson is especially appealing due to the wide range of topics, diversity of mood and peculiar imagination of the poet. The writings are reflective, passionate, witty, sensuous, observant and ridiculously humorous. Her heart soars. Her mind pokes fun! Emily was truly a New Englander. Her poems are understated and compact."

The Emily Dickinson Museum is grateful to Molly Fillmore for bringing this world class performance to the town where Dickinson penned her immortal words. 


Tickets are first-come, first-served and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Tickets are $15 Museum Members and $25 non-members, $10 for current 5 College Students.

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About Molly Fillmore

Grammy award-winning soprano Molly Fillmore made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Helmwige in the Met’s production of Der Ring der Nibelungen, conducted by James Levine. She returned to the Met to sing a principal role in Satyagraha by Philip Glass. Both Satyagraha and Die Walküre were shown live in movie theaters around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series as well as on PBS stations nationwide as part of their Great Performances series. She can be heard and seen on Deutsche Grammophon’s recent releases of the CD and DVD/Blu-Ray of Die Walküre from The Metropolitan Opera under the musical direction of James Levine and Fabio Luisi. 

Fillmore made her solo operatic debut with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center Opera House while a sophomore at American University before graduating magna cum laude. Her soprano debut was in the title role of Salome at San Francisco Opera with music director Nicola Luisotti conducting. She covered the role of Brünnhilde and sang the role of Ortlinde in Francesca Zambello’s San Francisco Opera production of Die Walküre, conducted by Donald Runnicles. Other American opera appearances include Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Spoleto Festival, and Washington National Opera. In the 2013-2014 season she made her role debut as Marietta/Marie in Die tote Stadt with Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland in a production directed by Jan Schmidt-Garré and conducted by Otto Tausk. She holds a Master of Music degree from The University of Maryland and taught voice at Michigan State University for ten years before recently joining the faculty at the University of North Texas, where she holds the position of Professor of Voice.  This year Fillmore returned for her seventh season at The Metropolitan Opera to portray Chrysotemis in Elektra. 

About Elvia Puccinelli

Pianist Elvia L. Puccinelli is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has served on the faculty since 2004 as both vocal coach and professor of collaborative piano. Dr. Puccinelli has appeared in song and chamber music recitals at venues from Los Angeles to New York City, and throughout Europe. A frequent presenter at a number of national and international conferences and congresses, her broad professional experience embraces such diverse performance events as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Chamber Concert Series, Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Opera Association Competition and NATS national conventions. She has appeared in recital with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She was twice invited to serve as rehearsal pianist for Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Also an experienced organist and harpsichordist, Dr. Puccinelli enjoys a wide variety of repertoire in her collaborations, from Baroque to twenty-first century literature.

About Eric Berlin 

Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, Eric has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today's most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson. Mr. Berlin has been featured soloist with many ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project about which the Boston Globe wrote "Eric Berlin poured out dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges." Mr. Berlin performed as a soloist with John Williams conducting his own music from "Born on the Fourth of July," as well as with Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, the Helsinki University Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver.

As Principal Trumpet of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric Berlin and can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris and William Schuman to name a few. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on over two dozen recordings by living American composers. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Mr. Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue. He maintains a studio as Artist-Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he hosted the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Mr. Berlinc is a member of the Board of Directors and a lifetime member of the International Trumpet Guild.