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This year’s Gerhold Lecture Series presentation, “POEMJAZZ” featuring renowned poet Robert Pinsky and Grammy winning jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood comes to Mees Hall Auditorium October 23, 7:30 PM. This signature performance is part of a series celebrating 100 Years of Music at Capital University and will offer general admission seating to the public.
POEMJAZZ treats a voice speaking poetry as having a role like that of a horn: speech with its own poetic melody and rhythm, in conversation with what the music is doing. Simply put, POEMJAZZ is a conversation between the sounds of poetry and music.
Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such national enthusiasm in response, that the Library of Congress appointed him to an unprecedented third term.
Throughout his career, Pinsky has been dedicated to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. He founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans of varying backgrounds from every state shared their favorite poems. The project’s videos, giving voice to the Amer¬ican audience for poetry, demonstrates that, contrary to stereotype, poetry had a vigorous presence in the American cultural landscape.
Read Pinsky’s full bio here
Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic career. Recognized for his dazzling piano technique and his signature style of composing and arranging he's been transporting audiences both at home and abroad for over thirty years.
Coming from an "arts family" (his father was a celebrated teacher of theater and his mother an accomplished Appalachian folk artist) Laurence started playing piano before he could walk. He began formal classical study in first grade in Dallas, TX, where his dad was chairman of the Theater Department at Southern Methodist University. When his father accepted the equivalent position at University of Illinois the family moved to Urbana; this is when Laurence transitioned to studying jazz -- and never looked back.
Read Hobgood’s full bio here