On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, the typical San Francisco fog was replaced by a torrential downpour, thanks to the capricious weather pattern known as El Niño. Despite this handicap a loyal flock of dyed-in-the-wool poetry fans made their way to the Joe DiMaggio Clubhouse in North Beach to attend POEMS MAKE THE WORD GO ROUND, a library sponsored event featuring poetry and music. They were amply rewarded with a dynamic program that demonstrated the close relationship between these two forms of creative expression.
Poet Ana Elsner not only featured in, but also conceived and directed this powerful artistic dialog. A framed watercolor by Elsner depicting a quote from one of her poems enhanced the setting.
Ana Elsner is known for her animated presentation of poetry that captivates the audience. The selective grouping of her poems in four sets did justice to the amazing range of her poetic voice. Her invited musical guest, principal oboist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Laura Griffiths matched the intensity of Elsner's poetry with a masterful delivery of oboe solos, among them works by German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann and by Benjamin Britten.
This pairing of seasoned performers made for a magical and memorable evening.
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