Poster Ryan Hugh Ross
Baritone Ryan Hugh Ross is performing ‘Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death’ around the state.
Ed Choo

Singer Ryan Hugh Ross delves into song cycle based on Bill Holm's 'Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death'

Ryan Ross on 'Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death'
Martha Helen Schmidt
Martha Helen Schmidt

Beloved Minnesota author Bill Holm died in 2009. His iconic poem “Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death” is the text for a new song cycle by Minnesota composer Martha Helen Schmidt. Performances with baritone Ryan Hugh Ross and pianist Daniel Rieppel (also Minnesota natives) take place this week and next in Minneota, Morris and St Paul. Steve Staruch spoke with Ryan Hugh Ross about Bill Holm, the poet’s larger-than-life presence and the new song cycle. Listen now.


Performances of Martha Helen Schmidt’s Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death are being held across the state this week and next:

Bill Holm
Minnesota author Bill Holm wrote the poem 'Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death.'
Einar Falur

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