Hope is the Thing With Feathers: A Salute to Poetry

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 P.M.

Broomfield Auditorium – 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (or pay what you can pay)


E. Pauline Johnson (1861 – 1913) was one of Canada’s most popular and successful entertainers at the turn of the 20th century. The daughter of a Mohawk Native-Canadian father and an English mother she adopted the name “Tekahionwake,” at age thirty-one. She created a Mohawk costume, and began touring Canada giving recitals of her poetry, comedy routines and plays. She was the first Native poet to have her work published in Canada, and was one of the few female writers at the time to make a living from what she wrote and performed. ASTER will be singing Sarah Quartel’s setting of Johnson’s poem The Bird’s Lullaby.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Though she was a recluse during her lifetime, today she is one of the best known of all American poets. She wrote nearly 1800 poems. Hope is the thing with feathers is among the most familiar of her works. ASTER will be singing Susan LeBarr’s setting of this famous poem. The solo vocal pieces which will be performed on the concert were composed by Vincent Persichetti including the humorous poem I’m Nobody.


Susan Stewart (b. 1952) is both a poet and a scholar. In an interview at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan Stewart said that her primary goal as a poet is “to get people to read more slowly, and to reread, and to read a whole book and go back to the beginning of the book and see connections.” She is the recipient of a “Genius Award” from the MacArthur Foundation which noted that her poetry makes “strange and disorienting that which we usually take to be familiar and of common sense.” ASTER will perform James Primosch’s setting of her poem Cinder, from his song cycle Holy the Firm. He arranged this song specifically for the choir at the director’s request because they were friends in graduate school.


Christie Dickason (b. 1942) is known as a novelist, poet and teacher. She brings a diverse background to her work including four years as a director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has lived in many countries and ASTER thinks that she has a wonderful sense of humour. The choir will perform Cecilia MacDowell’s setting of Would Like to Meet.

We are also planning to livestream the concert, please revisit this page later for more detail.

At the present time, ASTER does not know what requirements may be in place at the Broomfield Auditorium in November for those who wish to attend in person. Please know that your health and safety comes first, AND that we will find a way to share our music in the best way possible.

ASTER has fallen in love with many new pieces on this concert and we think that our audience members will too!

Tickets available from choir members or at the door. You can also obtain tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.