Kevin Puts To Premiere New Work With Renée Fleming In Tanglewood

By Francisco Salazar

Composer Kevin Puts is set to world premiere his new “The Brightness of Light” next month with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry.

The new song cycle, which was co-commissioned by the BSO, is set to be based on the letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stieglitz. The cycle will follow their relationship from when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist to Alfred’s death in 1946.

In a press statement Puts noted, “The letters of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer and curator Alfred Stieglitz are full of poetry, humor, passion, pain, and longing. Written over the many months and years they lived apart, these letters chronicle their initial flirtations—when Georgia was a young, aspiring artist—to Alfred’s death in 1946. Written in three parts, with orchestral interludes and accompanied by a film by Wendall Harrington, The Brightness of Light tells the story of a great artist who ultimately turns from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert land she loves.”

Performances are set to take will take place during the Tanglewood Learning Institute’s Georgia O’Keeffe weekend July 19-21, which will allow audience members to explore the creative and development process of creating new work, and learn more about the history behind O’Keeffe’s and Stieglitz’s relationship.

The new song cycle will be performed at the Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed on July 20, 2019.