On Saturday, March 4, 2023, a sold-out house experienced Jocelyn Hagen‘s multimedia symphony The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, an innovative fusion of chorus, orchestra, and video, in the University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
Commissioned for the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death by a consortium of ensembles from across the United States, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci vividly evokes the genius of the great painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer.
Preceding the symphony, Marzia Ransom provided context with a short presentation on da Vinci, The Renaissance Man, and, to enhance understanding of the performance, Dr. Rachel Gibson offered a reading of the libretto.
In addition to The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, the program included a work by another American woman, Alice Parker. Her Three Seas, settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, was performed by the Society’s Treble Ensemble, conducted by Isabelle Peterson.