As part of the One Book, Tri-Town series offered by the public libraries of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, concert pianist Leslie Amper will present “Creativity in Hard Times: The Federal Music Project of the 1930s” on Sunday, April 7at 2:00 pm. The concert will take place in Hoyt Hall at Tabor Academy.
With live performance, historic recordings and images, the program highlights the American musicians of the 1930’s who were supported in a profound way by the Federal Music Project of Roosevelt’s WPA initiative. The era has been described as the time when American composers found their voice. The featured composers include William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Henry Cowell, Roger Sessions, Ernest Bloch, and Aaron Copeland.
Pianist Leslie Amper has traveled the nation with her piano recital/multi media lecture on the Federal Music Project including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Plymouth State University, Wheaton College, Carnegie Mellon University, the Seacoast Academy of Music (NH), and Chautauqua Institution.
This concert, free to the public, is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Library Trust. The One Book, Tri-Town series features lectures and programs in art, music, and literature, all centered around author B.A. Shapiro’s novel “The Muralist.” Barbara Shapiro will be talking about her book and research at the Mattapoisett Library on Sunday, May 19at 2:00 pm, funded by the Cultural Councils of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.
Hoyt Hall is located on the Tabor Academy campus, Front Street in Marion, MA. For more information, please call one of the public libraries. See their websites for more information.