Music and Poetry: Rara Avis + Nicholas Trandahl

August 10, 2020 • 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Grill & Venue

Rara Avis explores music for woodwinds with an emphasis on the Baroque. Delores Thornton, flute, Charlotte Gruner, flute, Richard Turner, bassoon, and Kathy Williams, piano, musicians of the Wyoming Symphony, provide a blend of sounds that fits beautifully for trio sonatas of the eighteenth century as well as contemporary arrangements of popular favorites. Originally formed in response for a call for musicians for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's Music on the Move project, Rara Avis is traditional chamber music built around portability and flexibility. The ensemble has been featured on the Casper Chamber Music Society as well as the ARTCORE recital series and performs outreach in the Natrona County School District.

Rick Kempa was originally scheduled to join us for this event, but Nicholas Trandahl will be stepping in instead. Nicholas Trandahl is an Army veteran, poet, journalist, outdoorsman, and seeker. He finds inspiration in new adventures, nature, books, good food, and the understated beauty of everyday life. Trandahl lives in rural Wyoming with his wife and daughters. His poetry collections are Pulling Words (Winter Goose Publishing, 2017), Think of Me (Winter Goose Publishing, 2018), and Bravery (Winter Goose Publishing, 2019). His novel Good Brave People was published by Winter Goose Publishing in 2020. Trandahl's poetry collection Bravery was the recipient of the 2019 Wyoming Writers Milestone Award. His poems have been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including most recently his poem "The Chapel" being published in a forthcoming anthology from the New York Quarterly.

Refreshments from Bourgeois Pig sold at 6:45 and at intermission.

Co-Sponsored by the Casper Journal. Partial funding is from the Wyoming Community Foundation - Casper Area, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

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