UW Choral Union and UW Symphony Orchestra
Presenting Paul Hindemith’s When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom’d (text by Walt Whitman).
Sunday, April 30, 2017
A rarely done work because of its difficulty, this is an outstanding setting of Walt Whitman’s poem written about the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the train that carried his body to Springfield, Illinois. The work was commissioned by Robert Shaw in memory of Franklin Roosevelt, whose funeral train carried his dead body from Georgia back to Washington. The work is in memory of “those we loved.”