Nov 10, 2020
Greetings, Rita Dove
Play • 27 min

In the debut of Unorchestrated, co-hosts Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about Sonata Mulattica, her book of poems detailing the relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven.

This is the first episode in a 14-part series: Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.

Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

The episode closes with a performance of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, opus 47, performed by Akron Symphony Concertmaster Tallie Brunfelt and pianist Nathaniel LaNasa.

(Photo of Rita Dove by Fred Viebahn)

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