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This weekend: Loyola grad turns professor's poetry into moving music

May 23, 2014

Who says poetry must remain on the page when it can be moved to the stage? Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts alumna Madeline Falcone ’11 is turning a poem from Loyola English professor Mark Yakich, Ph.D., into music in a special performance Sunday, May 25 at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.

The free, public performance, set for 7 p.m., features original compositions for violin and viola based on Yakich’s poem “Progress.” Yakich describes his poem as a “wounded love” poem with a twist. It’s multiple choice where each line includes two options concerning a romantic relationship. The poem is from Yakich’s first collection, “Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross,” which was a winner of the National Poetry Series and was published in 2004 by Penguin Books.

Falcone and her collaborator Cassia Streb, who make up the duo Story Water, will perform the piece. The music, just like Yakich’s poem, features a multiple choice theme. The viola and violin pose questions or open discussions and field recordings offer two possible outcomes to the questions. So what’s the difference between the poem and the music? In music, unlike poetry, Falcone and Streb can layer the sounds so the audience can experience both “multiple choice” options at once.

The duo Story Water focuses on the exploration and performance of new and experimental works, and both Falcone and Streb are performers of contemporary music in Los Angeles. The two actively cultivate creative relationships with local composers and artists and develop innovative presentations of new music in unconventional spaces.

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