O’Hara: In the Heart of Noise

09th November 2016 19:30
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
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the street.
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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.

The music performed, at this event, in order:

  • Rachmaninov – Prelude in E flat, Op 23, No 6 in E flat major (3’)

  • Feldman – Piano Piece 1952 (4’)

  • Poulenc – Sonata for flute and piano (13’)

  • Ravel – La Valse (13’)

  • Billie Holiday songs (9’)

  • Cage – The Wonderful Widow of Eighteenth Springs (2.30’)

The poetry read by Frank O'Hara, in order:

  • On Rachmanioff’s Birthday [Quick! a last poem before I go]

  • A Homage

  • Renaissance

  • The Tomb of Arnold Schoenberg

  • Wind

  • Romanze, or the Music Students

  • Music

  • For Poulenc

  • Having a Coke with You

  • Poem Read at Joan Mitchell’s

  • Statue

  • Variations on Saturday

  • The Day Lady Died

  • Lines During Certain Pieces of Music

  • Polovtsoi

  • Radio

  • My Heart

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