On April 24, 2013 the symphony and chorus of the University of North Texas gave the premiere of Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony with Richard Croft singing the tenor part. The text of the symphony juxtaposes several lines from Ahab during the Third Day of the Chase (sung by the tenor) with the text of W. H. Auden's poem, "Herman Melville" (sung by the chorus).
Immediately before the concert was the release book party for Dr. Robert Wallace's forthcoming book on Heggie's Moby-Dick opera: Heggie and Scheer's Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century.
At the invitation of Professor Robert Wallace, artist Matt Kish visited Northern Kentucky University to spend time with Dr. Wallace's honors class and talk about how he has explored Moby-Dick through his art. Dr. Wallace has shared a link to Matt Kish's blog in which the artist recounts his day of sharing with for students and faculty - including a "live drawing event" at which he produced original works of art in response to quotes from Moby-Dick. Click the image below to visit Matt Kish's "Every Page of Moby-Dick" blog.