Gay Composer Poulenc’s Work Headlines Tiffany Concert Poulenc’s wit, grace, and savoir faire tickles audiences today

When the Tiffany Series at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church presents its concert entitled “A Passion for Poulenc” on May 6th, it will be highlighting the music of a French composer whose unique style – a juxtaposition of lyrical melodies, ironic, even subversive harmonies, and shifts from parody to tragedy – has been linked to his complex feelings about his homosexuality. Francis Poulenc came of age in post-war Paris of the 1920s, the city of Picasso, Man Ray, Serge Diaghilev (“Les Ballets Russes”), and Igor Stravinsky, whose “The Rite of Spring” had recently created a near-riot.  Jazz was new, and music […]