A departure from the common lecture presented in most University Convocations, Tuesday’s convocation will rely upon instrument and verse to communicate when cultural historians Lauren Pelon and Gary Holthaus present “The Story of Music, Stories from Home,” at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 4.
Pelon and Holthaus will combine their talents in a unique presentation of music and story.
Pelon, who has performed all over the globe, will blend a variety of both ancient and modern wind, string, percussion and electronic instruments as backdrop to Holthaus’ stories, “rooted in the earth” and relevant to a spectrum of human experiences.
Holthaus has three collections of essays and four books of poems and three collections of essays. His most recent non-fiction books include Learning Native Wisdom: What Traditional Cultures Teach Us About Subsistence, Sustainability, and Spirituality and From the Farm to the Table: What all Americans Need to Know about Agriculture. Holthaus has done over 250 readings in places ranging from Bethel, Alaska to Bozeman, Montana; Bellingham, Washington to Boise, Idaho; Berkeley, California to Baghdad, Iraq.
Pelon was named the 2001 "Artist of the Year" from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. Performing on over 25 ancient and modern instruments, as well as cultivating a strong and widely noted soprano, Pelon's compositions and arrangements have been featured in solo concerts, with the Philadelphia String Quartet, with symphony orchestras, and on NPR's "All Things Considered."
The Pelon and Holthaus performance will be in the Sterling Church Auditorium within the Sharwan Smith Student Center and, as always, is free and open to all.