The People’s Grand Opera Contains Multitudes

01.19.13, Saturday, 2:00 pm People’s Grand Opera Rehearsal: The Public Road
01.20.13, Saturday, 1:30 pm People’s Grand Opera Performance: The Public Road

Prepare yourselves for forty voices singing a selection of poetry by Walt Whitman. Below are excerpts of the text being sung at the Frye this weekend, selected and arranged by Sara Edwards. Hit “play” above to hear audio from a recent rehearsal in the Frye galleries.


Photo courtesy of People’s Grand Opera

This hour I tell things in confidence,
I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you.


[Sara with choir joining in groups]
Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not
my soul.


I resist any thing better than my own diversity,
Breathe the air but leave plenty after me,
And am not stuck up, and am in my place.


[Soulchilde and then all]
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.