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Unorchestrated is a podcast of Conversation, Music, Musicians and the Communities they serve produced by the Akron Symphony Orchestra. The podcast is co-hosted by Music Director Christopher Wilkins and Director of Marketing Thomas Moore.

Dec 17, 2020

In Episode 10 of Unorchestrated, Christopher and Tom talk with poet Rita Dove about the rapid dissolution of the friendship between George Bridgetower and Beethoven—and likely explanations for the unraveling—with readings from her book, Sonata Mulattica.

This is the 10th episode in our 14-part series, Sonata Mulattica with Rita Dove.

The episode closes with the funeral march from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” performed by the Akron Symphony in April of 2019.

Rita Dove is a Pulitzer Prize winner, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. An Akron native, she is currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.