Take Up the Song for Millay birthday

Feb 05, 2019
Photo by: Berenice Abbot Berenice Abbot’s “Edna St. Vincent Millay” is a 1930 gelatin silver print in the Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, a Gift of Mr. Ronald A. Kurtz, 1986.27.1.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum, in collaboration with the Millay House Rockland and the English Department of the University of Maine, will co-host a birthday celebration for city-born poet Edna St. Vincent Millay Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16. The Take Up the Song celebration will include poetry readings, as well as a live performance featuring piano and soprano. The hour-long program will take place at 2 p.m. in the downtown museum’s library.

The program will include soprano Nancy Ogle and pianist Laura Artesani performing three Millay poems set to music by American composers. Local poets will read Millay’s poems, as well as their own.

Born in Rockland on Feb. 22, 1892, Millay was known both for her mesmerizing contralto voice when she read her work to large crowds and for the musicality of the poems themselves. At Vassar College from 1915 to 1917, she became the unofficial school songwriter. Her works include many titled “Song” or “Ballad,” and her skill as a masterful sonnet writer exemplified her passionate lyrical voice.

Take Up the Song will be followed by a reception. The fee is $10, $8 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, visit farnsworthmuseum.org. Snow date is Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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