A Change of Pace: Poetry and Music

A Change of Pace: Poetry and Music

Hagerstown, MD: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces the third season of A Change of Pace: Poetry and Music sponsored by Drs. Newby, Dempsher, Mire & O'Donoghue and the Washington County Arts Council, Inc.
The first presentation in the two-part series is entitled The Lost Tribe of Us and will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:30pm. Poets include Heather Davis, Sonja James and Jose Padua with the Frederick Baroque Ensemble performing on original instruments from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A reception, hosted by members of the Singer Society, the Museum's volunteer organization, will follow the performance.
Davis earned a B.A. in English from Hollins University and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. She is the author of The Lost Tribe of Us, which won the 2007 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cream City Review, and Poet Lore, among other journals. She leads two intermediate writing groups and teaches private writing classes and serves on the coordinating committee of the "Split This Rock Poetry Festival." James has a B.A. in English from the University of the South, Sewanee and a M.A. in Literature from Duke University. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Baiting the Hook and Children of the Moon. Her poetry has been published in various periodicals such as The Iowa Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal and 5 A.M., among others.
Padua's poetry and fiction have appeared in Bomb, Salon.com, Exquisite Corpse, and Crimes of the Beats, among other journals and anthologies. He has written features and reviews for NYPress, Washington City Paper, Brooklyn Rail and the New York Times.
The Frederick Baroque Ensemble, comprised of Barbara Spicher and William Simms, specialize in chamber music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The instrumentation includes voice, transverse flute, viola da gamba, bassoon, guitar and theorbo. Spicher enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, orchestra player and teacher. She is the flutist member of the award-winning Appalachian Wind Quintet and the Hood Chamber Players.
She is professor of flute at Hood College, Mercersburg Academy and Shepherd University Preparatory Division.
Simms holds degrees from Peabody Conservatory and College of Wooster. He performs on guitar, baroque guitar, lute and theorbo. Simms serves on the faculties of Mt. St. Mary's College and Hood College, where he is founder and director of the Hood College Early Music Ensemble and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
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. 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 1 to 5pm.