Voices and Verses presents: Elegy – Music and Poetry of the Ultimate Voyage

Voices and Verses presents: Elegy – Music and Poetry of the Ultimate Voyage

  • Location:5014 7th Ave, Kenosha WI 53140
  • Venue:Fusion
  • Length:07:00 pm

Voices and Verses will present Elegy, a performance in honor of “All Saints/All Souls” on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 PM at Fusion, 5014 7th Ave., Kenosha, WI. They will reflect on our concepts and attitudes about death, the afterlife, and the departed through poetry, song, contemporary and improvised music, and visual art. Admission $5.

As a young person growing up in the former Czechoslovakia, Voices and Verses founder Karel Suchy marked All Saints Day with his family and friends by processing with lighted paper lanterns; winding lines of lights meandering through the hillsides, followed by gathering for a community bonfire. People also visited and placed fresh flowers at the graves of the departed. Karel still fondly recalls those traditions. Many cultures have similar special customs. This inspired Voices and Verses musicians/actors Win Germanotta, Jennifer Lautz, Joe Papenfuss, Dan Stika, Julia Suchy and Karel Suchy to use the arts to explore the serious side, and the humorous aspects, of how we deal with mortality and the departed.

The ensemble will perform works composed by Suchy and fellow Czech-born composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), as well as improvisations based on music, poetry and prose. Both the indoor space and outdoor patio will be included for a lantern procession. The audience is invited to participate by bringing lanterns and/or writing brief epitaphs or memorials to be used in the performance. Beverages will be offered for sale by Fusion, and light snacks will be provided.