WordStage to perform at Westlake Porter Public Library

"Thy breath be rude," William Shakespeare famously told winter in "As You Like It," invoking a common complaint about the season: winter is cold, windy, bleak and awful. Five centuries later, poets have much the same complaints. WordStage celebrates the season with a performance of Winter Words on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

WordStage Literary Concerts is dedicated to the presentation of works with special literary, historical and musical merit, employing professional local artists whose talents will illuminate the texts and music of some of the most fascinating and remarkable figures in the realms of history and the performing arts. Using letters, diaries, recorded conversations and contemporary chronicles, underscored with musical compositions of the era, a WordStage performance entertains, informs and educates audiences who love literature, the humanities and the performing arts in their purest form.

Not all poets dwell on the harshness of the season, some use winter to concentrate on renewing and affirming their human relationships. The poem "Now Winter Nights Enlarge" by Thomas Campion celebrates human warmth amidst chilly weather. Others see winter as nostalgic and celebrate the joys of the holidays and good cheer they bring, like the classic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore.

Winter Words will include selections from Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman and many more. Folk tales from the Inuit, Native American, Norwegian and Middle European traditions will also be woven throughout. The recited texts will be enhanced with season-inspired musical selections for the piano and violin.

If you plan to join us for WordStage’s Jan. 8 performance, please register by calling 440-871-2600, or online at westlakelibrary.org.

Joanne Penkalski

Adult Service staff at WPPL working on general interest programming for our patrons and community.

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