ICONIC LEGACIES: First Ladies at the Smithsonian

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Four songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano.

Date: 2015Composer: Jake HeggieText: Gene Scheer

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Original texts by Gene Scheer, inspired by iconic objects in the Smithsonian with a particular connection to a former First Lady of the United States. Commissioned by Vocal Arts DC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season with generous support from the Shamos Family Foundation, Yolanda C Oertel, MD, and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon & Howard Solomon. First Performance: Sept 12, 2015 in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Jake Heggie. Dedicated to Susan Graham.

1. Eleanor Roosevelt: Marian Anderson’s Mink Coat

2. Mary Todd Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Hat

3. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: White House Christmas Card, 1963

4. Barbara Bush: The Muppets

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