COUNTDOWN TO POETRY!
Join us Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 pm
for Opening Night of the
Sunken Garden Poetry & Music Festival 2010
GALWAY KINNELL, who dubbed the Sunken Garden "A little paradise for poetry" upon first reading at Hill-Stead's Sunken Garden Poetry &Music Festival in 1995, returns to kick off Season 18 this Wednesday, June 9.
Over a career spanning five decades including twelve poetry collections, Galway Kinnell has received the Pulitzer Prize (for Selected Poems), the National Book Award, the MacArthur Genius Fellowship, the Shelley Prize of the Poetry Society of America, and the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America.
His experience as a member of the United States Navy and his involvement with the Congress of Racial Equality has shaped every aspect of his renowned poetry. Having retired from his professorship at New York University and finished his term as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, Kinnell now splits his time between New York City and Vermont, where he was once recognized as the Poet Laureate.
CHRIS NORMAN, "a flute player of spectacular and imaginative virtuosity" (The New Yorker Magazine), proves over and over again that the simple wooden flute is the original – and still unsurpassed – woodwind of expression, passion, joy and subtlety. His influential work as a performer, composer, recording artist and teacher has brought the simple wooden flute to the forefront as an alternative voice to the modern orchestral instrument. He will be joined by Eamon O'Leary on guitar and mandolin.
SAVE THE DATES for other Festival performances:
• June 23: Marie Ponsot, Gabrielle Calvocoressi / Afro Cuban jazz and world music by Common Ground
• July 7: Jean Valentine; Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winners Ginny L. Connors &Kate Lebo / Broadway, pop &jazz standards by CONCORA On the Town!
• July 21: Terrance Hayes; Connecticut Poetry Circuit Winners / Jazz by Nat Reeves Ensemble
• August 4: Taylor Mali; Fresh Voices / Caribbean rhythms & jazz by Ed Fast with Conga Bop
GATES open at 4:30 pm.
PERFORMANCE begins at 6:30 pm.
SPECIAL 2-for-1 admission & self-guided tours until 6:30 pm.
FOOD Participants may bring their own or purchase on site from Truffles Bakery, Farmington (www.trufflesbakery.com). Picnicking is allowed in the garden, on the West Lawn and in other areas.
ADMISSION to the Festival is free.
PARKING on-site is $10 per vehicle.
SEATING Bring a blanket or lawn chair
ACCESSIBILITY Designated parking and wheelchair accessiblity to Sunken Garden and first floor of Pope Riddle House.
All performances will be at Hill-Stead Museum, rain or shine. For all Festival information, browse the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival web page or call 860.677.4787.