Play Memory – The Lost Art of Letter Writing

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Cinematographer Joshua Dobkins and I met with composer and St. Louis Symphony violist Chris Woehr to talk about letter writing. As you’ll hear, Chris’ father was a musician and a calligrapher. As the son of a man who made part of his living through the deft skill of putting ink to paper, I thought Chris would be a good subject for exploring themes in Brett Dean’s violin concerto, The Lost Art of Letter Writing, which will be performed at Powell Hall November 21-22. How have we changed, what has passed from our lives as we have given up the act of putting pen to paper and left behind the clackety refrain of the typewriter?