Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death

Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South
Target Performance Hall, second floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Join friends and colleagues of the late acclaimed poet Bill Holm as they give the world premiere of Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death, a musical setting of his namesake poem composed by Minnesota native Martha Helen Schmidt. The event will also feature select readings from Holm’s literary oeuvre by Milkweed Editions founder, Emilie Buchwald, among others, and will feature internationally recognized musicians: Pianist Dr, Daniel Rieppel and Lyric Baritone, Ryan Hugh Ross. Register here!

Bill Holm was the embodiment of the spirit of Minnesota. His love of the windswept prairie, the glacial Fjords of his ancestral Iceland and the power of music are imbued throughout his impressive oeuvre of poetry. Holm’s masterpiece of prose Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death encapsulates his philosophy of music by drawing on musical metaphors while referencing specific compositions to describe the ultimate human condition - death.