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Karen as Georgia

Karen's musical portrait takes the young Georgia from her childhood to her first shocking moments asked to paint nude men at the Academy of Art in Chicago, to New York and back to Chicago, through years of agony and lack of faith in her own talent until the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz happens to see her work and gives her the recognition she deserves. Stieglitz and Georgia become lifetime partners, although Georgia's passion for the Southwest takes her away from New York. She settles in Abiquiu after Stieglitz' death ; the second act devotes itself to Georgia's years in New Mexico, her wry amusement at the fans who visit her there, her growing blindness and her spiritual journey, drawn in the tones of the eternal river, a philosophical river of her life.


Portrait of the Artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Written, staged and performed by Karen Melander-Magoon

Arrangements by Frank Fanning

 1  There is a sweetness in silence
2  I dream a life
 3  My father was cheerful, as the Irish can be
 4  Wisconsin
 5  Georgia moves to Virginia
 6  I painted the lilacs
 7  Goodbye, high school, hello Chicago
8  I Love Chicago!
 9  Chicago has ist bright and golden face
 10  I see myself as in a mirror
 11  The fall in New York is a time to sing
 12  I fell in love with copper pots
 13  When I came back to New York town
14  Springtime in Old New York
 15  New York was full of everything
 16  Back to Chicago
 17  My canvas is blank
 18  An angel swept me up
 19  When I was twelve
 20  In 1916 my universe exploded
 21  Two Hundred Ninety-One Fifth Avenue
 22  Alfred opened my art to New York
 23  I met Alfred in New York, or was it Texas?
 24  A Song Becomes the Color of Your Kisses
 25  I would try to tame my dreams
 26  I painted flowers
 27  I hate poetry
 28  There is a world beyond my understanding
 29  I can feel the velvet
 30  Nothing is less real than realism
 31  Wildness called me
 32  The Dusk Settles Softly
 33  New Mexico would call me back
 34  Abiquiu becomes blue
 35  And I would become lost in my desert
36  Pal Duro Canyon
 37  My ranch is always encircled by angels
 38  An angel hurries by
 39  My lovesong is clouds
 40  I am a flower
 41  Jack in the pulpit
 42  I am honored
 43  I lent my friend, the librarian
 44  My flowers are my song
 45  When I became blind
 46  My brushes become dry
 47  I am old
48  Ode to a Late Spring
 49  A young man, Juan Hamilton
 50  I'm Coming Home
51  What is Paradise?
 52  What do I believe?
    Finale: I dream a life



Georgia's biography comes here


Georgia O'Keeffe