Norah Long sings Rita Dove’s poem “The Hill has Something to Say” at the workshop, audio/video recording session and special event “The Making of It is She Who I See,” September 17, 2012. Earlier in It is She Who I See the original woman hands off her coat to Norah to carry forward as she considers the depth and meaning of all that has unfolded through time on the hill, and ponders the thread that holds all time together in us.
Norah’s performance was recorded during the recent workshop in both audio and video formats. The audio performance will become part of the CD “It is She Who I See” that is being created for the November show. The video will become part of the projection design for the November show, where Norah’s presence is “injected” into the immersive performance space.
“The Hill has Something to Say” was originally commissioned for soprano Renée Fleming, and premiered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hull in 2000. The commission was underwritten by the American Composers Forum, with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation, and by the Hanson Institute for American Music.
Music by Craig Harris
Poem by Rita Dove
Norah Long – Soprano
Craig Harris – piano
Costumes and Digital Illustration – Candy Kuehn
Projection Design – Jim Peitzman
Set Design – Craig Harris, with Hourglass set piece by Paul Herwig