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Hosted by Ken Burns

The Way of the World

Performed by Sonia Manzano

A Wagner Matinée

Performed by David Strathairn

Excerpt from The Song of the Lark

Performed by Sarah Mezzanotte

Music: "Che farò senza Euridice" from Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Performed by Linda Collazo

Accompanied by Eric Sedgwick

The Burglar’s Christmas

Performed by Patricia Clarkson

This is an official 2023 Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event.

The Artists



The works of Willa Cather are in the public domain.


Selected Shorts is supported by the Dungannon Foundation, creator of The Rea Award for the Short Story.

Symphony Space’s season of programming is also made possible by the generous support of Susan Bay Nimoy, Estate of Douglas M. Matheson, Seedlings Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Charina Endowment Fund, Henry Nias Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, PECO Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, Mustang Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation, The Grodzins Fund, The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society of North America, and Theatre Development Fund.

Programming is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Symphony Space wishes to thank Peter Cipkowski and the National Willa Cather Center for their contributions to this event.
Founded in 1955, the National Willa Cather Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to enrich lives by advancing Willa Cather’s legacy through education, preservation, and the arts. Each year, the Center’s programs serve more than 80,000 people from all fifty states and more than twenty countries abroad. Located in Willa Cather’s hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska, the Center is an award-winning archive and museum that operates as a living memorial to Cather. The Center provides year-round guided tours of historic sites related to Cather’s life and writing. Additional programs and services that foster creativity and engagement with Cather’s literature include conferences and seminars, an author series, a teacher institute, and an artist residency. The Center also publishes the Willa Cather Review, a leading source for Cather-related news, features, and scholarship. Learn more at

Symphony Space also wishes to thank the Library of America for their support.
The complete works of Willa Cather are gathered in a three-volume boxed set from Library of America, a nonprofit organization that champions our nation’s cultural heritage by publishing America’s greatest writing in authoritative new editions and providing resources for readers to explore this rich, living legacy. For more information about the edition and LOA’s mission, visit

Floral Design by PlantShed

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)

Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson
Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward
Producer of Literary Programs
Mary Shimkin
Director of Broadcast & Literary Initiatives
Matthew Love
Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Sophia Raimondi Literary Intern
Lulu Chatterjee Literary Intern

*in memoriam

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