Wednesday, March 27
Wind and Rain: Poetry and Song
Rosemary Starace, JoAnne Spies, and the Elemental Orchestra
The Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5

“Let me fly away with you, for my love is like the wind.” Enter an elemental landscape that celebrates love, wildness, and all that wind and rain conjure. Poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies trade art forms and collaborate with each other and the elements in this interactive performance. Guitar, dulcimer, drums, melodicas, accordions, rattles, and chimes will accompany original and familiar pieces spoken, chanted, and sung.

JoAnne Spies with guitar. Photo by Julie McCarthy

JoAnne Spies’s recent works include Karaoke Confession at the Norman Rockwell Museum and Survivor Tree, sung at Ground Zero with Jane Goodall officiating. Spies heads the Art Cart program at CATA, cocreating songs with elders and people with Alzheimer’s. Her CDs include 2×3, Me & Melville, and North Avenue Honey. CD Nelson says, “She puts the purr in performance art.”

Rosemary Starace, photo by Kevin Hayes

Rosemary Starace, writer and visual artist, is author of the poetry collection Requitements and coeditor of Letters to the World, an international poetry anthology. “This is a poetry very much like the blues, full of lacrimae rerum. . . .Hearing it, I feel a weight lifting in my chest that I didn’t know was there.” —Dave Bonta, Via Negativa