Warm up with cold titles

snowflakeThe Music/Media Library presents a wonderful exhibit, displayed outside the department entrance, “Cold Titles for a Warm Winter.” Famed 20th century composer Benjamin Britten and composer Ned Rorem draw inspiration from Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) in winter-themed pieces for voice and chamber ensemble.

Winter Dreams” applies to two works, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 and Kenneth MacMillian’s esteemed choreography for the Royal Ballet. Cold Blows the Wind represents New England folk verse gathered by Helen H. Flanders and Marguerite Olney, while I Never Has Seen Snow, with lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, represent the race-conscious musical House of Flowers. Houston Grand Opera’s rendition of Cold Sassy Tree is based on the novel by Olive Ann Burns. Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate, a drama from the BBC, joins a mix of DVD film titles, including Cold War-themed films Ice Station Zebra — a favorite of Howard Hughes — with Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, with Richard Burton. Completing the mix, Ice Rink, a zany-comedy directed by Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Folk Songs of Old New England (Children Sliding on the Ice) and Debussy’s Trois Chansons (Cold winter, villain that thou art).

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