W&L Presents Faculty Recital of ‘Immortal Eternal Feminine Distant Beloved’ The virtual performance will be available to watch via livestream on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
Washington and Lee University will present a virtual performance of “Immortal Eternal Feminine Distant Beloved” with Scott Williamson and William McCorkle, lecturers in music at W&L, on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
The show is free and open to the public to view online at https://livestream.com/wlu.
“Immortal Eternal Feminine Distant Beloved” is a playful take on a pair of romantic tropes in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 — the “Eternal Feminine” from Goethe’s “Faust” and the “Immortal Beloved” from Beethoven’s letters. The “Distant Beloved” is the subject of Beethoven’s only song cycle, “An die ferne Geliebte.”
Williamson and McCorkle have been stage partners in various configurations and programs across 25 years of Lexington-based collaborations. From intimate, salon-style recitals to choral-orchestral epics, the two share a passion for authentic music-making, regardless of style or historical period.
The performance will also offer recent works by composers Jeanine Tesori and Amy Scurria, and new theater songs from Jennifer Rosenfeld and Brooke deRosa ’01.
McCorkle, deRosa, Rosenfeld and Scurria are all members of Collective Euphonia (CE), a flexible ensemble of artists convened by Williamson in 2019. Specializing in interdisciplinary programs, CE uses innovative programming and content to engage audiences and foster creative collaborations across communities. W&L Lecturer in Music Julia Goudimova and Accompanist Anna Billias, as well as Professor of Music Greg Parker, are also CE members.