Past event: Frank O’Hara: In the Heart of Noise

Billie Holiday/Mal Waldron  Left Alone 
Billie Holiday/Herbie Nichols The Lady Sings the Blues 
Bill Carey/Carl Fischer You’ve Changed 
Rachmaninov Prelude in E flat, Op. 23, No. 6
Ned Rorem Poulenc 
Poulenc Sonata for flute and piano
Ravel La Valse 
John Cage The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs 
Feldman Piano Piece 1952

Mark Ford Speaker
Will Montgomery Speaker
Nina Bennet Soprano
John Reid Piano
Jane Mitchell Flute

I’m becoming
the street.
Who are you in love with?

Poet in the City, in collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, present a special evening of poetry, music and art in celebration of Frank O’Hara, 50 years since his death.

From curating with Jackson Pollock and de Kooning to creating work inspired by John Cage and Billie Holiday, O’Hara was at the restless heart of the 1960s creative explosion and the ‘New York School’; legions of devoted followers have ensued since his death at 40. Featuring poet and critic Mark Ford, players from Aurora Orchestra and the acclaimed soprano Nina Bennet, join us to explore the great legacy of this ceaseless soul.

Mark Ford is the editor of Frank O’Hara’s Selected Poems, and of two anthologies of the work of the New York School Poets. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.

Will Montgomery is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway University. His recent publications include the essay collection Frank O’Hara Now. Will also works with audio, making field recordings, sound art and music.

Nina Bennet is a talented soprano, having performed with both the City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in contemporary music and is equally at home in both jazz and gospel.

John Reid is Principal Piano of Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues, and at the BBC Proms. He is an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jane Mitchell is Principal Flute of Aurora Orchestra and plays in ensembles in the UK, France and Germany on both period and modern flutes. A member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she works regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.


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