21 Ways to Harmony:  Chasing Dreams to American Shores

A St. Patrick’s Day [Week] Special Event

Chasing Dreams to American Shores, Feature No. 2 of 7 for 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021, will explore commonalities of the immigrant experience, using Irish fiddle music and poetry as our launching pad.

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  • Date: St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, March 17 (Premiering)
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Place: Facebook/YouTube (Prerecorded)
  • Special guest: Worcester County Poetry Association poet Curt G. Curtin
  • Featuring Irish Folk Music with Pakachoag faculty and fiddle students.

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Can’t join us on 3/17?  Our premiere presentation will remain on YouTube to view anytime thereafter.

More About Chasing Dreams to American Shores

Join Pakachoag Music School for a St. Patrick’s Day special event: Chasing Dreams to American Shores. Through conversation, poetry and music, we will explore commonalities of the immigrant experience, using Irish folk music and poetry as our launching pad.

Our special guest is Mr. Curt G. Curtin with the Worcester County Poetry Association.  Mr. Curtin, a life-long poet, will read from his newest publication, Kerry Dancers.  Fellow poet Susan-Roney O’Brien describes Kerry Dancers as “a place where Curt steps into and out of family memory, where ‘Love is a heartbeat keeping time’, pulling the listener into the dance”.

As we consider the immigrant experience, we’ll pause to enjoy Irish folk music performed by Pakachoag student fiddlers and faculty.  The conversation is hosted by Pakachoag Director of Programs and Outreach, Kristjon Imperio.

About Curt Curtin

Worcester poet Curt Curtin is a lifelong poet.  Curtin’s parents were from Ireland and he grew up in Boston. He has published three chapbooks, a variety of individual poems in journals and anthologies, and more recently, two full-length collections.  In 2010, he was the first recipient of the Worcester County Poetry Association’s Frank O’Hara award for poetry and in 2019 won second place in the annual contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society.  For 20 years, Mr. Curtin taught English and creative writing at Westfield State University.  Now, at the age of 90 and legally blind, he uses audio recordings to support his readings.

Mr. Curtin will read from his newest publication, Kerry Dancers.  Fellow poet Susan-Roney O’Brien describes Kerry Dancers as “a place where Curt steps into and out of family memory, where ‘Love is a heartbeat keeping time’, pulling the listener into the dance”.

About 21 Ways to Harmony in 2021

Pakachoag Music School is entering 2021 with a refreshed commitment to building harmony as part of community – both within and without.

During a difficult 2020, where conflict surfaced all around us – locally and nationally – the School began to receive a different kind of feedback from parents and adult students about the importance of music-making in life and especially for mental health.

The repeated thanks and appreciation coming from School families around the importance of music stood in deep contrast to the divisiveness that was going on externally.

Conversations host and Pakachoag Program Director Kristjon Imperio writes:  “In conversations amongst our staff and board members surrounding the challenges in our community and nation, we realize that these common ‘music messages’ stand as lasting principles, extending beyond popular and passing narratives.”

Throughout the year, Mr. Imperio will lead seven conversations, accompanied by student and faculty music.  With an array of varied conversational partners planned, we will be looking to uncover – perhaps even create — multiple “resolutions” as part of each conversation that can help each of us become aware of commonalities we might not have considered previously.

We’ll encourage reflection on how we use those commonalities to create harmony in life, and provide a little inspiration for what it means to make music locally.  We often hear that music is the common language.  We plan to dig deeper to uncover, in a different way, what those commonalities CAN be, for 2021 and beyond.