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A Change of Pace: Poetry & Music

A Change of Pace: Poetry & Music

Hagerstown, MD- The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present the second season, and the first in a three-part series entitled A Change of Pace: Poetry & Music on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 2:30pm In a program entitled, "Water on the Sun", poetry will be read by Grace Cavalieri, Ethan Fischer and Ed Zahniser, with music provided by John Bardi.
Underwritten by Drs. O'Donoghue, Mire, Dempsher and Newby and Dr. and Mrs. William G. Plavcan, the program will provide music and poetry in a beautiful setting dedicated to celebrating the Arts.
Cavalieri, host of The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress, is celebrating 30 years of interviewing poets in a radio series available to all public radio stations. Cavalieri noted, "Every time I interview a poet, I realize how lucky I am. It's an energetic exchange, where I sometimes forget we have an audience." Cavalieri is a poet herself and has written fourteen books in addition to twenty plays produced on the American stage.
Fischer performs the spoken word with John Bardi and the band, Paradigm Nine. He is also the voice of the noon news at WRNR, edits the Antietam Review and teaches writing at Shepherd University. His trademark "Johnny Dime" mysteries have endured for two decades with readings on the long-running Rumsey Radio Hour. Fischer's new book is titled Beached in the Hourglass.
Zahniser serves on the organizing committee of the annual Sotto Voce Poetry Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His books of poetry include The Way to Heron Mountain, A Calendar of Worship and a chapbook, The Ultimate Double Play. Somondoco Press published his book, Mall-Hopping with the Great I Am, last year. Reviewer Bill McKibben writes that, "Zahniser is a freelance theologian telling more truth than all of the TV preachers and all of the TV pitchmen put together.
A renaissance musician, Bardi teaches philosophy and religious studies at Penn State-Mont Alto and hosts the weekly television show," The John Show" on Adams County Community Television. As a child, John spent several years in England and later taught English Literature and Philosophy in Japan, where he played guitar in an all-Japanese (except for John) blues band.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows to the people of Washington County and visitors to the quad-state (MD, PA, VA, WV) region.
For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm

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