We are starting to put together the 2013/14 season and will be posting dates of events that will happen in September and beyond. As we develop programs more information will be posted to this page.
“How Music Became a Battleground
for the Great Minds of Western Civilization”
Temperament Through Time with Stuart Isacoff
Friday, February 21, 2014 – 2p.m. Free
Smith Theatre • HCC
Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today’s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature. The relationship between the notes of the musical scale was seen as a key to the very nature of the universe. The contentious adoption of the modern tuning system known as equal temperament called into question beliefs that had lasted nearly two millennia. Stuart Isacoff leads us through the battles over that scale, placing them in the context of quarrels in the worlds of art, philosophy, religion, politics and science.
Stuart Isacoff is a regular contributor on music and art to The Wall Street Journal and is a winner of the prestigious ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music.
“An immensely entertaining, original and informative book.” The Economist
“…aspects of science, philosophy, history, poetry, and music in a compact yet compelling narrative.” Library Journal
“Isacoff untangles the complexities of this issue with the aplomb of a virtuoso pianist playing scales. He makes an erudite and amiable companion.” NYT Book Review
Following Isacoff’s lecture/demonstration, he will be interviewed on stage by Anne Midgette, classical music critic for The Washington Post. Midgette has co-authored two biographies, one on Luciano Pavarotti and his long-time manager and one on pianist Leon Fleisher.
HoCoPoLitSo presents this event in partnership with Candlelight Concert Society and Howard Community College.
36th Annual Irish Evening
With Paula Meehan & Theo Dorgan
Friday, March 14, 2014 SAVE THE DATE
Smith Theatre • HCC
Thursday, April 24, 2014 SAVE THE DATE
Smith Theatre • HCC
Already this season:
Siobhan Fallon – Howard County Book Connection Project
October 15, 2013 • 7 – 8:30 pm
A Howard County Library Event
Siobhan Fallon presents You Know When the Men Are Gone, her award-winning debut collection of short stories about the families of Fort Hood, Texas during an Army brigade’s deployment to Iraq. The New York Journal of Books called the collection, “the explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years.” Honors and awards include Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Self Magazine, Los Angeles Public Library, and Janet Maslin of The New York Times; a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award; the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction; and the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction.
Presented by the Howard County Book Connection in partnership with HoCoPoLitSo.
A survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, Vaddey Ratner wrote The New York Times bestseller In the Shadow of the Banyan. A descendant of King Sisowath, Ratner and her mother escaped Cambodia in 1979, although many family members perished. Based on that childhood experience, her debut novel explores the unbreakable bonds of family and the power of stories to transcend loss and suffering.
Selected as a finalist for both the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2013 Indies Choice Book of the Year, In the Shadow of the Banyan was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and appears on multiple lists of the best books of 2012, including The Christian Science Monitor and Kirkus Reviews.
Presented by the Howard County Library in partnership with HoCoPoLitSo.
The Third Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Series
Telling Our Stories – Michael S. Glaser Celebrates
Lucille Clifton and Poetry Teaching
Join us on November 9th for a two-part event celebrating the poetry of Lucille Clifton and the teaching of poetry with Michael Glaser.
“…writing is a way of continuing to hope … perhaps for me it is a way of remembering
I am not alone.”
– Lucille Clifton, from her interview with Michael S. Glaser in Antioch Review
Part 1: A Poetry Workshop for Teachers
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Duncan Hall, Room 202
Howard Community College
Michael S. Glaser leads English and language arts teachers in a poetry workshop inspired by the work of Lucille Clifton.
Some participants will read at the evening event. Lunch served. Space limited and registration is required.
Visit poetryworkshopforteachers.eventbrite.com to register.
Part 2: Michael S. Glaser Reading & Tribute to Lucille Clifton
“Glaser views his work as an exercise in honesty, rarely practiced on the more flip side of popular culture. ‘When we can no longer recognize authentic, truthfully spoken language, we become lost as a civilization,’ he says.” The Baltimore Sun
Former Poet Laureate of Maryland, Michael S. Glaser was a longtime friend of the late Lucille Clifton. A recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, Glaser has also received the Columbia Merit Award for service to poetry, and Loyola College’s Andrew White Medal for commitment to sustaining the poetic tradition in Maryland. Glaser served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for more than 25 years. He is the author of several books of poetry and an editor of two books on Lucille Clifton.
Beloved poet and national treasure Lucille Clifton was a HoCoPoLitSo board member until her passing in 2010. Along with Carolyn Kizer, she was the first poet to read for HoCoPoLitSo, in 1974. She was a National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
7:30-9 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Center
Limited seating. Advance reservations are requested at lucillecliftonpoetryseries.eventbrite.com.
A presentation of HoCoPoLitSo. Co-presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Columbia, MD Alumnae Chapter.