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An Evening with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock

An Evening with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock

Main Library, Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Kentucky''s new poet laureate Frederick Smock is a Louisville native and a professor of English at Bellarmine University. The former editor of the international literary journal The American Voice, Professor Smock has published ten books of poems and essays. Two new books are forthcoming: Book of Earthly Delights and On Poetry: Palm-of-the-Hand Essays. His work is filled with keen observations about the creation of art, the intersection of poetry and peace, and the striking scenes of everyday life.

This program is free, but tickets are required - call (502) 574-1644.


Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: UofL's John Hale discusses Ariadne auf Naxos

Kentucky Opera Lecture Series: UofL's John Hale discusses Ariadne auf Naxos

Main Library, Wednesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

When Richard Strauss started work on the opera Ariadne auf Naxos in 1912, archaeologists were hard at work on the island of Crete. In Greek mythology, the Cretan princess Ariadne gave the hero Theseus a sword and a ball of thread so that he could kill the monstrous Minotaur within the labyrinth and then find his way safely out. On his homeward voyage to Athens, the faithless Theseus marooned Ariadne on the island of Naxos.

As Strauss was weaving mythical themes into his music, discoveries at Greek sites provided a counterpoint to his story of Ariadne’s miraculous rescue by Bacchus, the young god of wine. In this illustrated lecture, archaeologist and Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville John Hale explores how ancient myths, modern archaeology, and musical inspiration worked together to create one of the twentieth century's enduring masterpieces.

This lecture is the first of a three-part series with the Kentucky Opera. The program is free, but tickets are required - click here.

   
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The Craig Buthod Author Series - named in honor of former library director Craig Buthod - is an endowed library program that brings award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors to Louisville. Previously called Authors at the Library, the series was endowed in 2015 by donors to the Library Foundation.  To make a gift to the Craig Buthod Author Series endowment, click here.

Last Updated: 6/30/17