Many of us are deeply concerned about the course of the communal life of our nation, and we are asking how we might constructively embrace this challenge with grace and courage.
Dancing on the Fragile Edge of the World is an offering of music and poetry designed to create space for reflection and a renewal of spirit – an opportunity to remember the path of our own humanity and to remind us how the arts can offer us new lenses with which to experience and understand ourselves and our world.
Comprised of music from such composers as Chopin, Schumann and Bach, as well as poetry by the likes of Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver and Rumi among others, this performance offers a means of reflecting on how we might move forward with kindness and compassion as we seek to repair goodness in our country.
The concert, while free, will also serve as a fund-raiser to support scholarships for people in service professions to enable them to attend Bread for the Journey: A Celebration of Poetry and the Human Spirit at the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center (more at www.Kirkridge.com ). (Suggested donation $20.00. All donations are tax deductible.)
Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A laureate of prestigious international piano competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world. The Washington Post has written, “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz both exhilarated by the power of the performance, and moved by his search for artistic truth.” More at http://www.brianganz.net
Michael S. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 – 2009. He is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. A member of the Board of Directors for Maryland Humanities, he has edited three anthologies of poetry, published several award winning volumes of his own work and most recently, co-edited the Complete Poems of Lucille Clifton for BOA Editions. More at www.michaelsglaser.com
Deanna Nikaido is the author of two books of poetry, Voice Like Water and Vibrating With Silence. She has served as coach and design specialist for Book-in-a-Day and Kwame Alexander’s Page-to-Stage Writing Workshops as well as regional coordinator in Maryland for Poetry Out Loud. Her first children's book Animal Ark (out in February 2017), is a collaborative book of poetry, prose and photography. More at www.deannanikaido.com
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.
Grace United Methodist Church
5407 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
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