Playlist: Rhina Espaillat 8/6/2011

Those in attendance at the Studio Series in August were treated to a wonderful convergence of the arts, as poet Rhina P. Espaillat and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello filled the evening with poetry and music.

Christopher Morrongiello began the evening with a set of music from the year 1592 on alto lute, taking the time to explain some aspects of his performance as he prepared his set.

Host Annabelle Moseley introduced Rhina Espaillat, who continued the dialogue between music and poetry. During intermission, those in attendance admired Alfred Moskowitz’s sculpture, “Seated Nude”, which was on display in the Great Room. After the intermission, Rhina continued her reading, including some of her translations of St. John of the Cross. The evening concluded with a second set of music by Christopher Morrongiello, performing on tenor lute pieces by John Dowland. During this set, Annabelle Moseley read “If Music and Sweet Poetry Agree”, which is attributed to Richard Barnfield.