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Listener Essay - Classical Music Is Playing

Nov 10, 2015

  Jan Allen Pfeifer lives and writes in Woodstock, New York. She is a native of Louisville KY.

Classical Music is Playing

Classical music is playing in the bedroom where my father is dying. I sit alone, next to him. In this liminal space, the music is a soothing companion for both of us. It knows its way.

As I listen, I am transported back to grade school and field trips to Louisville Gardens for orchestra concerts. An amazing feat, moving hundreds of school children downtown like a conveyer belt from all parts of the city, the only common denominator being our grade and the yellow school buses that brought us. Each bus arrives and empties their charges onto Walnut Street in clockwork fashion. Our own trip is short, the hard green vinyl seats still cold against our dangling bare legs. Some of the girls hold hands, the warm considerations of best friends.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America by Stephen Silverman and Raphael Silver
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Myttting
Growing Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat by Forrest Pritchard (event November 1st, 2pm and 6pm)
Compost City by Rebecca Louis (event November 1st 2 pm and 6pm)
The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover by Mary Giuliani (event October 30th at 6 pm)
The Other Paris by Luc Sante (event November 21st at 4 pm)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
M Train by Patti Smith

  Celebrating 15-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday, September 30th through Sunday, October 4th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

The festival which is featuring 17 world premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 4 US Premieres, 33 East Coast Premieres and 26 New York Premieres. Here are just a few of the headliners: Mary Stuart Masterson, Rose McGowan, Griffin Dunne and Stewart Copeland – just to name a few.

WFF's Co-Founder and Executive Director Meira Blaustein joins us for a preview.

The Bearsville Theater has teamed up with New York City-based concert promoter The Bowery Presents to bring an eclectic mix of music to the Hudson Valley year-round. This exclusive collaboration aims to shine a brighter spotlight on the Bearsville Theater, which is part of the Woodstock Commune, a reboot of the Bearsville complex that includes the theater, Bear Café, and Commune Saloon. WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with the Woodstock Commune's partner/operator Nicolas Geeraerts and The Bowery Presents' talent buyer Sebastian Freed about the new venture.

  Martha Frankel is the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and host of the weekly show, Woodstock Writers Radio, on Radio Woodstock 100.1.

For over thirty years, Kristin Garnier has been writing and performing her stories and songs live on stages, public radio stations, and in the echoing hallways of the Parisian Metro.

Together, Martha and Kristin present StorySlams and this Saturday they’re staging one of their events at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY. The StorySlam will feature 9 storytellers in competition, speaking on the theme “I Believe in the Power Of…” – there will be music and merriment.

Martha Frankel and Kristin Garnier join us.

We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking about the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, the role it played in the arts and crafts movement in upstate New York, and plans to develop an app for visitors and history enthusiasts around the site.

We're joined by Thomas A. Guiler is a PhD Candidate in American History in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Thomas is also the curator and project manager for UpstateHistorical which uses smart phone and GPS technology to provide walking tours and public history infrastructure to key locales across Upstate New York with audio, visual, and textual accompaniment.

The project is made possible in part through a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities.

  The Woodstock Writers Festival is a collection of writers and their readers who meet for the weekend in Woodstock, NY from March 19th - 22nd.

It is the 6th annual event and there are plenty of events and panels. There will be panels on fiction, biography, journalism and a look at the writing of memoir. Among the writers who will be on hand are Abigail Thomas, Jane Smiley, Tom Folsom, Stephen Dobyns, Ann Hood, Gail Godwin and James Howard Kunstler.

To tell us more we welcome Festival Organizer Martha Frankel and festival headliner Abigail Thomas.

  Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
On Immunity by Eula Biss
Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit
After Birth by Elisa Albert
West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
How We Got to Now - Six Innovations That Made The Modern World by Steven Johnson
Unrequited by Lisa Phillips
The Reluctant Psychic by Suzan Saxman

Next weekend, the 6th annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase returns to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York.

  

  Celebrating 15-years of innovative filmmakers & filmmaking, the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of nearly 150 films, panels, and events, screening Wednesday October 15th through Sunday October 19th, in Woodstock NY, and neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Saugerties, Kingston and Rosendale.

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