The Music of Poetry

MANCHESTER - Revel in the music of poetry at the First Congregational Church of Manchester on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. This lecture-demonstration by pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the musical aspects of poetry, song lyrics, and literature. The talk offers a musician's insights on the elements of sound and time in literary composition and the similarities he hears between the literature of great writers and the music of classical composers, and pop songwriters. Arrive early to enjoy a half hour jazz performance by Arnowitt from 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Arnowitt is a classical and jazz pianist and recording artist who has performed with orchestras throughout the U. S. and Europe. His life and music is the subject of an award-winning documentary by the American filmmaker Susan Bettmann, Beyond Eighty-Eight Keys (2004). He dazzled a standing-room-only crowd last year at the FCC, when he presented "An Evening of George Gershwin." The free public presentation is a Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Mark Skinner Library.

For more information, contact Cindy Waters at 802-362-2607 or email


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