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Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

To enrich the lives of the diverse LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, support, education, and celebration

 

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation champions, advocates and coordinates strategies to reduce the risk of suicide and supports efforts to assist those individuals, families and communities impacted by suicide.

The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates, and builds connections and support for individuals, families, and communities to prevent suicide. Our team is available to connect you to our programs, services, and resources. For more information, call 614-429-1528 or email support@ohiospf.org.

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ANALEIGH FLIEGER

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Analeigh Flieger is a senior undergraduate voice performance student. She currently studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory with Dr. Joanne Uniatowski. In her time at undergrad thus far, she has been in many shows including "Virtually Dead" as PJ - a new mini opera by Jerry Dye and Kamala Sankaram, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as Barbarina, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea as Valletto, Nkeiru Okoye’s We’ve Got Our Eye on You as Pemphredo, and Händel's Giulio Cesare as Sesto. She’s attended a number of young artist programs, most notably, Curtis’s Summerfest with Mikael Eliasen and the Trentino Music Festival. While in Trentino, Analeigh studied and performed Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. This past summer, she sang Papagena in Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival's production of Die Zauberflöte and covered Pamina. Analeigh is extremely excited to be singing the role of Helmwige in Wagner's Die Walküre this summer with the Miami Music Festival.

MUSICAL OFFERING

Selections from Late Afternoon                                             

Ricky Ian Gordon b. 1956

Jane Kenyon and Marie Howe

 

Otherwise                                                                                         

What the Living Do                                                                                                                              

Let Evening Come 

Ricky Ian Gordon’s partner, Jeffery Grossi, died of AIDS in 1996. In his grief, Gordon sought to find solace in writers and poets that could describe the chaos and pain he felt. In 1997, Gordon became close with Marie Howe right before she released her book What The Living Do. Howe’s brother, Johnny, had also died of AIDS and the poem that I will be presenting is written as a letter to her brother. The poem is filled with gratitude and awe for the beauty of one’s own mundane life. Jane Kenyon and Marie Howe were friends, and Jane had sent “Let Evening Come” to comfort Howe when Johnny became very ill. Ricky Ian Gordon describes these poems as “elegies of grief.” Gordon also wrote that he thinks “of this as a cycle about friendship and shared work, as well as a container for grief. I…get to come at the subject from different angles – as one who is perhaps aware of [their] own mortality, one who is bereaved, and one who seeks to commune with the lost – to converse with the missing.” 

With the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and all of the anti-trans legislation being pushed right now, I think the performance of this set is very timely. We still have so much to grieve and so much to fight for within the LGBTQ+ community. Me and my queer siblings’ lives are on the line and our identities are being used as political pawns. My hope for the future is that we can live in a world where when someone says “this is who I am and this is who I love” we not only believe them, but accept them with loving arms. 

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