These spaces that cross over the boundaries of our usual life are often referred to as “liminal.” Often they represent the first phase of a process that may take us somewhere new and unexpected, then back to the place we started, with a difference.
I’ve been asking myself why people in the nineteenth century would have gone to listen to a piece like The Spectre’s Bride. One answer to my question was that people wanted an exciting evening out with a few thrills and shivers, accompanied by Dvorak’s great music.
The wedding shirt is both tangible and mysterious, and it carries metaphoric weight from start to finish. It also reflects the realities surrounding women’s roles in society and the attention to the fabric arts throughout history.
Soprano Kitty Hughes explores the yearning for love and the race toward death that are knitted together through the maiden’s unfulfilled longings in Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride.
Memories of Betty Pigford, longtime BCCO alto, board member, and force of nature.