To The Wild Sky:
Rachmaninoff, Tennyson & Poe
“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky.” Poetry and music together paint vivid landscapes, evoking unearthly vignettes from the minds of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s greatest orchestras, joins Cathedral Choral Society at Washington National Cathedral for this stunning marriage of music and words.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Based on Arnold Böcklin’s painting, Isle of the Dead.
Augusta Read Thomas: Ring Out, Wild Bells
Text by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Bells, Op. 35
Text by Edgar Allen Poe
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Andriana Chuchman, soprano
John Ramseyer, tenor
Aleksey Bogdanov, baritone
Steven Fox, conductor
What happens when poetry and music meet?
You’ll find out at this concert! The words of Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred, Lord Tennyson inspired the pieces we’re performing –– check out this video for a sneak peek at what this performance will sound and feel like!
Hear the tolling of the bells…
In this concert, CCS will perform – among other pieces – The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This text of this work pulls directly from a poem by the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. Click here for the full poem!
Want more Rachmaninoff?
Our March 19th performance kicks off the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Rachmaninoff festival with additional performances in March and April. Repertoire includes Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3, with incredible guest artists like Angel Blue! Learn more here.