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Whispers of the Raven: An Edgar Allan Poe-Inspired Evening of Eerie Echoes

October 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Featuring the internationally renowned soprano Elissa Edwards, artist-in-residence at the Hammond-Harwood House, this spellbinding event weaves an enchanting tapestry of music inspired by Poe’s literary masterpieces, eloquent poetic recitations, and soul-stirring vocal performances.  With poetic readings and art songs featuring the text of Poe, you will step into a world of eerie atmospheres and spectral whispers as we transport you to the heart of Poe’s haunting tales. The historic ballroom of the Hammond Harwood House Museum becomes the stage for an unforgettable evening that promises to linger in your memory.

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable Halloween experience that celebrates the literary legacy of Edgar Allan Poe. Whispers of the Raven promises to captivate your senses, leaving you spellbound by the echoes of his words and the enchantment of the evening.

Program Highlights:
– Poetic recitations of selected works by Edgar Allan Poe, including The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, and more.
– Classical music compositions inspired by Poe’s themes, performed by a pianist and two vocalists.
Program Outline:
Introductory reading – excerpt from a letter by Poe
Song cycle by Charles Loeffer (1861-1935)
Sudden Light
A Dream Within a Dream
Reading: The City in the Sea accompanied by excerpts from the ballet by Joseph Holbrooke The Red Masque
Song cycle by Bertram Shapleigh (1871-1940)
Beloved! Amid the Earnest Woes!
At Morn, at Noon, at Twilight dim
Reading: The Haunted Palace from the The Fall of the House of Usher
Song cycle by Edgar Stillman Kelley (1857-1944)
Reading: The Raven with musical accompaniment by Max Heinrich


Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401 United States
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