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American Literature Association Annual Conference

Infinite Fraternity, a choral work based on the correspondence and prose of Hawthorne and Melville

May 16, 2003, at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA

Coro Allegro premieres Infinite Fraternity.

Coro Allegro, Boston's Chorus for members and friends of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities will premier Infinite Fraternity on Friday, May 16 at Sanders theatre in Cambridge. The work, composed by Charles Fussell, explores the friendship of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Librettist Will Graham fashioned the libretto from letters and writings of both men. Melville quotes include a passage from the poem, "Vine and Clarel", as well as "Monody". In addition, two letters are quoted, one from November 17, 1851 and another from June 1, 1851. A portion of the libretto was written by Graham himself. The work is unusually scored for viola, flute, mixed chorus, and baritone soloist. Sanford Sylvan will sing the baritone part, and Fenwick Smith will join the chorus on flute.

A pre-concert talk will begin at 7PM. The panelists include the composer and librettist, Bob Derry of the Minuteman National Park Service, and Stephen and Juliane Glantz. The Glantz's are authors of the play A Tanglewood Tale. The play, produced by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, also explores the friendship between Melville and Hawthorne. The panel will explore both the lives of these two men, as well as the creative and collaborative process necessary to create a work of art. Interviews with both Graham and Fussell can be read on Coro Allegro's website, www.coroallegro.org. Tickets and addition information are also available via the website.


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