Music and Poetry – Combined at the Speed of Light


PHOTO CAPTION: Albert Einstein is half of the brilliant combination that inspired poet, librettist and lyricist Kate Light to create her music and poetry compilation Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses.   On Saturday, April 13th, Light will read her poetry and act as historical narrator while students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music play string quartets written by Mozart.   The event takes place at the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson beginning at 6 pm.  For information and tickets, go to

HUDSON – Fans of chamber music would probably never find a commonality in the lives of W.A. Mozart and Albert Einstein.  But Kate Light, a violinist for many years with the Columbia Festival Orchestra and New York City Opera, a lyricist and poet, saw something more.

“The two men were both definitive geniuses of their ages,” she says. The parallels seemed obvious.  Mozart was a child prodigy who wrote more than 600 musical works.  Einstein, at 26, published 5 definitive papers in a single year (1905). Each was singularly creative.  Together, their stories inspired Light to write some ”information-packed” poetry and prose about the two men’s extraordinary lives and creative work.

Light will be reading the result in company with the students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music on April 13th beginning at 6 pm when ClaverackLanding presents Bard at the Landing: “Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses” at the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at

Two Mozart string quartetswill act as a landscape for Light as she “fills in” the details of the two geniuses.  In the first half of the performance, the String Quartet in D major, K575 will be performed in alternate movements with poems about Einstein.  Performers for this portion of the program, all students at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, include Scot Moore and Reina Murooka – violins, Rosemary Nelis – viola and Stanley Moore – cello.

After the intermission, Light will read pieces inspired by Mozart “somebody I’ve spent a lot of time with over the years.”  His String Quartet in C major, K465 “Dissonance” will be performed by Jiamin Wang and Jiazhi Wang, violins, David Toth, viola and Rylan Gajek-Leonard, cello.

The program, premiered in 2006, has been called “a landmark of artistic synthesis” and “an informed, insightful and heartfelt tribute to two giants of mankind.”  It was chosen specifically by ClaverackLanding’s founder, Gwen Gould as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. “I write poetry myself,” she says. “This event combines two creative arts that are very close to my heart.  And it’s a great way to support the national efforts to expose more people to the vitality and cultural diversity of poetry.”   The Hudson Area Library will be including all publicity for this ClaverackLanding event in its bulletins in hopes that card holders and library patrons will become aware of this opportunity to explore poetry and its relationship to music.

Bard at the Landing: “Einstein’s Mozart: Two Geniuses” begins at 6 pm on Saturday, April 13th.  The performance is at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Fourth and Warren Streets in Hudson.  Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at   To view a trailer about this work go to:

Concerts and education programs of ClaverackLanding, great music in great spaces, are supported in part by Herrington’s, Hudson River Bank & Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, JSL Computer Services, and many generous individuals and business sponsors.