Pelon and Holthaus tell story of music on March 9
Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon and poet and essayist Gary Holthaus will team up for "The Story of Music, Stories from Home" on March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Silverthorne Theatre as part of the college's Visiting Writers Series.
The event is free and open to the public.
Pelon is scheduled to play a variety of instruments ranging from lute, guitar, and free reeds, to recorders, gemshorn, and electronic instruments. Holthaus will do some reading, including some of his own work. Both the music and the readings offer unique perceptions of the natural world, and celebrate our sense of place, community, and home.
Pelon has performed throughout the United States and in China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of instruments and has also won recognition for her soprano voice, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures.
She has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor’s "A Prairie Home Companion," and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was the recipient of the 2001 "Artist of the Year" award from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council, and 2010 Artist Initiative Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Holthaus has been involved in social justice issues for 40 years. He has four books of poems, three chapbooks, and three collections of essays, all of them rooted in the earth. His most recent book is titled, "Learning Native Wisdom: What Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainability, and Spirituality," which was published in 2008. His most recent book of poems is called "Circling Back".
His poems have been published in the U.S., Egypt, and Iraq (in Arabic). His prose has been cited in "Notable Essays" in 1994 and 1998, and he was a 1990 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship for Poetry. He has also been a commercial fisherman in Alaska, a Methodist preacher and big-game guide in Montana, a wheat packer for Quaker Oats in Iowa, and "worked too long moving steel beams around for Iowa Steel and Iron Works" in Cedar Rapids.
The program is funded by Idaho Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsored by the Teton Arts Council.