For someone who has been around as long as Merchant — who had several top-selling alternative-rock albums in the late-1980s and 1990s with 10,000 Maniacs and then as a solo artist — it showed real vision and growth. Not all the poets whose work she adapted are household names, although she did use e.e. cummings (“Maggie and Milly and Molly and May”), Edward Lear (“Calico Pie”) and Ogden Nash (“Adventures of Isabel”).
Merchant has been performing the material with symphony orchestras, and the Cincinnati Pops, to the credit of Conductor John Morris Russell, decided to show some vision and growth of its own by beginning its Riverbend summer series with her. For tickets and more information, visit www.cincinnatisymphony.org.
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