Friday, April 24, 2009

Call for Work...Dialogues with Darwin Poetry Project 

Network for New Music, in collaboration with the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, is pleased to announce the Dialogues With Darwin Poetry Project.

Dialogues with Darwin, the new exhibition at the APS Museum opening on April 17, 2009 draws from the Society's own rich Charles Darwin archive - the largest outside of Cambridge, England - to display Darwin's own letters, as well as rare first editions, sumptuous illustrated books, and manuscripts that follow the evolution of Darwin's big idea - evolution through natural selection.

As the major statement on evolution and how it works, On the Origin of Species was the beginning of modern biology. In New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik's newest book Angels and Ages, he argues that it was also Darwin's modern way of writing and thinking (scientific and liberal in the broadest sense) that was crucial to promoting his new idea.

Network for New Music invites poets to begin their own dialogue with Darwin. 

If you would like to participate: See the Darwin exhibition, write a poem in response to it, and submit it to Network for New Music: Submission Guidelines. A group of 12-15 young composers drawn from six area universities (University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of the Arts, Curtis Institute, West Chester University, and University of Delaware) will choose poems from among those submitted, and will set them to music; some of those works will then be performed on a pair of Network for New Music concerts at the Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall on February 19 and 21, 2010.

For details & submission guidelines, go here.

-posted by Jenn McC.

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