ICONIC LEGACIES: First Ladies at the Smithsonian (2015)

Words by Gene Scheer & Music by Jake Heggie

Four songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano.

The songs were inspired by iconic objects in the Smithsonian with a particular connection to a former First Lady of the United States.

Commissioned by Vocal Arts DC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season.

1. Eleanor Roosevelt: Marian Anderson’s Mink Coat
2. Mary Todd Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Hat
3. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: White House Christmas Card, 1963
4. Barbara Bush: The Muppets

ICONIC LEGACIES: First Ladies at the Smithsonian

Performance History

Mezzo-Soprano: Susan Graham
Piano: Jake Heggie
First Performance: September 12th 2015 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.