WWBA presents the seventh season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. New for 2017 is a community open mic! After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8 pm with the featured poet, David Amram. This is the final event of this year’s season.
David Amram is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author. As a classical composer and performer, his integration of jazz (including being one of the first noted as an improvising jazz French hornist), folkloric and world music has led him to work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Levon Helm, Betty Carter and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by mentors Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, the New York Philharmonic‘s conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, Miles Davis, Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, and visual artists Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Today, as he has for over 50 years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and narrator in five languages.
5:30 pm Sign up for community open mic (Online pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins are welcome)
6:00 pm Open mic performances begin
7:30 pm Musical prelude w/ the Tommy Santoriello Trio
8:00 pm Poetry reading, Q&A, book signing
HS Students are free
College Students $5
Tickets available at the door. Refreshments will be served. This event is accessible to those with physical disabilities.