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A Tempo: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman Through Music

The poetry of Walt Whitman lends itself well to musical settings, and as the Bicentennial of the great American poet on May 31 approaches, the list of tributes and celebrations includes a number of musical programs and concerts. Among those is a May 31 performance in New York by The Dessoff Choirs, which will feature premieres of settings of his works by Matthew Aucoin, Eve Beglarian and Ian Sturges Milliken. This Saturday on A Tempo (5/25 at 7 pm), host Rachel Katz will speak with The Dessoff Choirs Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather about this tribute.

The show will also include a conversation with Paul Schenly, founder and director of Pianofest in the Hamptons, about this summer's season, which begins at the end of June.

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.