I Sing The Body Electoral:
A Walt Whitman Celebration

I SING THE BODY ELECTORAL: A Walt Whitman Celebration

Monday, November 5, at 7:30 pm
The Washington National Cathedral

What is the fate of America? 

On the eve of the mid-term elections, The National Cathedral presents a communal forum-with-music, hosted by PBS’s Jeffrey Brown.

We turn to the most iconic American poet for inspiration and instruction with an interactive program of music and discussion.

Walt Whitman defined America as “a teeming nation of nations.” Diversity and equality, for him, were American keynotes.

A supreme singer of American songs, William Sharp, performs famous Whitman songs by Kurt Weill. We’ll also hear a commissioned world premiere Whitman setting: “(I, madly struggling, cry)” by Curt Cacioppo

This program of baritone/piano works also includes an exhortation about The American Dream by one of America’s most prominent Mexican-American arts administrators: Lorenzo Candelaria, Dean of the Arts at SUNY Purchase.


William Sharp, Baritone
Wan-Chi Su, Piano
Jeffrey Brown, Host

Kurt Weill Whitman Songs
Curt Cacioppo “(I, madly struggling, cry)” 
premiere performance/PCE commission


Lorenzo Candelaria on Whitman and the American Dream
Martin Murray on Whitman, DC, and the Civil War
Brian Yothers on Whitman and immigration

“America is not for special types, for the caste, but for the great mass of people – vast, surging, hopeful”

– Walt Whitman

Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

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