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.
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