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Death, Despair and Loneliness

One of America's most famous writer's, Edgar Allan Poe, was known more for his gloomy and sometimes scary stories and poems. To honor the bicentennial celebration of Poe's birth, Tracey Cowden, associate professor of piano and vocal coach at Virginia Tech, commissioned award winning composer Gregory J. Hutter to write a number of songs based on Poe's poems. Poe-ism features the songs composed by Hutter, along with others based on Poe's poetry during a concert Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Cowden is joined by soprano Ariana Wyatt and cellist Benjamin Wyatt. Dr. Timothy Montgomery, music professor at Averett, will read "Ulalame" and "The Sleeper."

Some of the poems that the group will perform include "Annabelle Lee," "To Dream Within a Dream" "To Helen" and "Thou Wouldst Be Loved." The songs Hutter composed include "Song," "Hymn" and "Spirits of the Dead."

Make plans to attend this unique musical event!

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