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Unique hybrid reading and musical performance features works by noted American Poets

Tuesday, February 21, 2012  
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For immediate release – 2/21/12
Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., – Professors Nancy Ogle, soprano, and Ginger Yang Hwalek, Ph.D., pianist, both from the University of Maine, will present a hybrid reading/music performance entitled "America in the Poetic Imagination” at Rockford College’s Fisher Memorial Chapel on Friday, March 2, 2012, at 4 p.m. Their visit is part of the College’s Spring 2012 Forum Series.

Ogle and Hwalek will perform a hybrid reading/music performance that condenses some of the finest moments of America’s journey through time into a musical work of art. The concert draws on the settings created by noted American poets like W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Lucille Clifton. The concert is accompanied by a narration written and presented by Rockford College Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, John Burns, Ph.D., that briefly explains the relevance of the poets and poems.

Professor Nancy Ogle, soprano, is a Professor of Music at the University of Maine and Ginger Yang Hwalek, Ph.D., is a pianist instructor in the University of Maine School Of Performing Arts.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Fisher Chapel is accessible. For more information, contact the Rockford College Box Office at 815-226-4100.

To see the complete Spring 2012 Forum Series line-up visit: http://www.rockford.edu/?page=ForumSeries.


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