“The Story of Music, Stories from Home” to be presented June 16

Award winning poet and essayist Gary Holthaus and internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon team up to offer a unique new program called “The Story of Music, Stories from Home” at the Isanti County Historical Society in Cambridge on June 16 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Tickets are available at www.ichs.ws or at the Isanti County Historical Society.

Pelon plays a variety of ancient and modern instruments ranging from lute, lyre, and concertina, to recorders, gems horn, electric wind controller and pedal board.  Holthaus reads from his poems and essays.  Both the music and the readings offer unique perceptions of the natural world, and celebrate our sense of place, community, and home.

Lauren Pelon is a fiscal year 2011 recipient of an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Pelon has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, and New Zealand.  She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, but Pelon has also won recognition for her lovely soprano voice, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures.

Holthaus has three books of poems, three chapbooks, and three collections of essays, all of them rooted in the earth and the idea of community or home. Holthaus’ poems have been published in the U.S., Egypt, and Iraq (in Arabic).  He received a 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship for Poetry, and his prose was cited in “Notable Essays” in 1994 and 1998.

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased on-line at www.ichs.ws, at the Isanti County Historical Society. There are a limited number of seats available, so get your tickets early.  For further information, call 763-689-4229.

ICHS is located in the northwest corner of the Isanti County Fairgrounds and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.