This, And My Heart, a theater/ concert piece interchanging readings of poet Emily Dickinson’s writings with musical settings of her poems, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 14th at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica.

“This, And My Heart is a uniquely moving tribute to the great American poet Emily Dickinson,” says composer Lori Laitman, whose compositions of such Dickinson poems as “Will There Really Be A Morning?” and “Dear March, Come In” will be performed by soprano Anne Marie Ketchum and pianist Victoria Kirsch as part of the 80-minute production.

Songs by composers Aaron Copland, Tom Cipullo and Steve Heitzeg are also included in the musical repertoire of this multi-faceted tribute to the poet.

In addition, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Linda Kelsey will recite Dickinson’s poetry and share excerpts from the poet’s letters with the audience. Over the last seven years, Kelsey has portrayed the poet in numerous productions of the one-woman play, The Belle of Amherst.

“This, And My Heart does more than vividly bring Emily Dickinson to life,” says Victoria Kirsch, who has worked with major and regional opera companies, including Los Angeles Opera. “It traces the themes Emily returns to again and again in her work — nature, love, God, and death. At the same time, the readings seem to ‘amplify’ the songs, giving them added vibrancy and depth.”

Long-term plans for This, And My Heart include taking the production on tour.

Reservations for “This, And My Heart” at the Annenberg Community Beach House are available at no cost by visiting http://beachculture21.eventbrite.com/.

For more information, Victoria Kirsch at (213) 304-2480, or vhkirsch@earthlink.net/.

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