Rita Dove at Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

On April 6, 2024 Rita Dove read a selection of Beethoven & Bridgetower poems from her 2009 book Sonata Mulattica at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in Florida. Her reading was followed by a beautiful rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major Op. 47 (traditionally known as the Kreutzer Sonata), which had been premiered by Afro-European violin virtuoso George Polgreen Bridgetower in Vienna, Austria in 1803 with the composer at the piano. Festival director and pianist William Ransom, professor of music at Emory University, teamed up with violinist Njioma Grevious, Juilliard graduate and Sphinx Competition winner, for an extraordinary concert.