Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Longfellow Big Read Features Michael Maglaras


Sunday, April 18 -- 4:00pm
Michael Maglaras will perform a dramatic reading of excerpts from The Song of Hiawatha at the Longfellow Big Read at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This hour-long reading will be performed with a full score of pre-recorded sound effects and music by Native American musicians.

Michael will also perform "Paul Revere's Ride" as an encore commemorating the significance of the 18th of April. This is the 150th anniversary of the publishing of this poem.

MORE INFORMATION at this link.

ADMISSION: $10 adults / $5 seniors and students (Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 978-443-1776)

READ the Associated Press Story

GO BEHIND THE SCENES with Michael Maglaras

HEAR Michael Maglaras talk about why he recorded The Song of Hiawatha

A LITTLE BACKGROUND: In 2007, 217 Records released a limited edition 5-CD recording of The Song of Hiawatha to mark the Bicentennial of American master poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Accompanied by a soundtrack of Native American drums, flutes, vocals, and a host of sound effects, Michael Maglaras brings the story of Hiawatha (more than 6,500 lines) to life for a modern audience.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Longfellow Big Read - Schedule of Events

Click HERE for a printable schedule of the full calendar of events for the Longfellow Big Read.

We are particularly excited about the Sudbury Savoyard dinner theatre event (March 26), the screening of Thomas Edison’s 1914 film “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (April 8), and Michael Maglaras’ dramatic reading of “The Song of Hiawatha” (April 18).

Michael Maglaras will also perform “Paul Revere’s Ride” as an encore commemorating the significance of the 18th of April.

You really shouldn’t miss these events!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hiawatha: America's first superhero

"Hiawatha himself was America's first superhero."
~ Michael Maglaras, 217 Records

Sunday, April 18 at 4:00pm don't miss Michael Maglaras's dramatic reading of excerpts from The Song of Hiawatha at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He will perform three chapters from this epic poem:
~ Hiawatha’s Childhood
~ Hiawatha’s Fishing
~ Picture Writing

This hour-long reading will be performed with a full score of sound effects.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Longfellow's birth, 217 Records released a special 5-CD boxed set of this epic poem.

Michael Maglaras, founder of 217 Records, recorded this masterpiece in its entirety in Longfellow's hometown of Portland, Maine. Accompanied by a soundtrack of more than 1,000 pieces of Native American music and sound effects, Maglaras brings the story of Hiawatha -- more than 6,500 lines -- to life for a modern audience.

Purchase the limited edition 5-CD boxed set at this link.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

March 21: New John Marin film to make Massachusetts debut

For directions and additional information, visit this link.

In December, 217 Films’ new documentary “John Marin: Let the Paint be Paint!” made its world premiere in two sold out shows at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. On March 21, independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton will bring this film to the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Read full press release at this link.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Michael Maglaras reads poetry by Annie Finch

In 2008, Michael Maglaras had the honor of reading poetry by Annie Finch before an audience at the Maine Festival of the Book in Portland, Maine. This reading inspired him to record five of her poems. These recordings are now available to listen to on Annie Finch's website by following the links below:

1. A Carol for Carolyn

2. In Cities, Be Alert
3. Coy Mistress
4. Elegy for My Father
5. Still Life

More about Annie Finch:
Annie Finch is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism. Her book of poetry Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She lives on the Maine coast near Portland where she directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.

More about Michael Maglaras: Michael Maglaras has already had more careers than most people have in a lifetime. Trained as an opera singer in the United States and Europe, he has performed widely as a singer and opera director. Maglaras is the founder of 217 Records and 217 Films; both of which are devoted to creating works that celebrate the American artistic experience.