The piece went fairly well -- a little rough, but the general flow and intent were fine. I got several positive comments on the poems, including from the mezzo (who has consistently said how much she likes them).
I was particularly interested in the discussion the mezzo and I had about one of the poems. She got an almost completely different impression of the poem and its setting from what Houston and I had intended -- which is GREAT. It's an amazing thing to find you've written something of sufficient depth and complexity that people can have radically differing perceptions of its meaning! Shakespeare did that! Wow, I'm like Shakespeare! Lookit, lookit! Lookit me! I'm like Shakespeare!