I Sing the Body Electoral: Celebrating Walt Whitman

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 7:30pm


On the eve of the midterm election we present an interactive opportunity to reflect on the American Dream: past, present and future. As much as any iconic American writer, Walt Whitman famously embodies a vision of a polyglot New World—native and immigrant, rich and poor.

With Whitman’s 200th birthday upon us, his democratic vision seems a pertinent and inspirational point of departure. Featuring world-renowned baritone William Sharp and hosted by PBS Newshour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown, this program with discussion explores American identity through music inspired by Walt Whitman. 


  • Kurt Weill – Whitman Songs
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – Three Poems by Walt Whitman
  • Curt Cacioppo – I, madly struggling, cry (premiere performance/PCE commission)


  • William Sharp     Baritone
  • Hosted by PBS Newshour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown
  • Wan-Chi Su     Piano
  • Lorenzo Candelaria on Whitman and the American Dream
  • Brian Yothers on Whitman and immigration
  • Martin Murray on Whitman, DC and the Civil War
  • Admission
    • $65
    • A limited number of student discount tickets may become available the week before the concert; check back then.
  • Dates Offered
    • November 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm