"The Varied Carols I Hear”: Penn sings Whitman

Jeremy Gill, Jay Reise, James Primosch, and George Crumb setting Walt Whitman's poems for voice and piano

  • Jeremy Gill, from Whitman Portrait (2014): “Fine, Clear, Dazzling Morning”
  • Jay Reise, The Face of Lily (2019)
  • James Primosch, Two Whitman Love Songs (2019)                                                    
  • Melissa Dunphy, Come, My Tan-Faced Children (2019)                                           
  • George Crumb, Apparition. Elegiac Songs and Vocalises for Soprano and Amplified Piano (1979)

Jamie Jordan, soprano (Gill, Reise, Primosch, Crumb)

MaKayla McDonald, soprano (Dunphy)

Steven Beck, piano

Register to attend


The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Music and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts are proud to present our third jointly sponsored music series Music in the Pavilion.

Taking place in the beautiful sixth-floor Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion in Van Pelt Library, the series showcases an array of professional and international musicians, not only performing gems from standard concert repertoires but also premiering works found only in the wealth of materials—print and manuscript—held in the Kislak Center's collections. Enriching the experience of each concert, attendees will have the opportunity to hear brief lectures by eminent scholars and graduate students that will contextualize the music historically, socially, and culturally.

All concerts are on Fridays and are free of charge. Refreshments begin at 6pm, pre-concert talk at 6:15pm, and concert (no intermission) at 7pm. Registration is requested.



Music Department

Mauro Calcagno, Assoc. Professor of Music

Mary Channen Caldwell, Asst. Professor of Music

Kislak Center and the Penn Libraries

William Noel, Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts | Director, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Richard Griscom, Associate University Librarian for Departmental Libraries

Liza Vick, Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library