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The Deerfield Public Library Podcast

Thoughtful, in-depth conversations with authors of all genres and other notable people from Chicagoland and around the world. A monthly program from the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, IL, hosted by Dylan Zavagno. Our archives include episodes from the Library's John Cotton Dana Award-winning series, The Fight to Integrate Deerfield: 60 Year Reflection; our Pride Month series, Queer Poem-a-Day; and our local history audio tours.
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Now displaying: April, 2022
Apr 28, 2022
beautiful small things features songs from the LYNX Project, a Chicago-based non-profit, and their Amplify Series, which takes texts written by primarily non-speaking neurodiverse young writers and commissions composers to set these words to music for piano and voice. 

To discuss beautiful small things, we have a panel of guests involved in the project:

Caitleen Kahn, Executive Director of the LYNX Project

Olivia Doig, soprano and Educational Coordinator at the LYNX Project

Emily Cooley, composer who wrote the title track “beautiful small things”

Daniel Baer, pianist (also the Library’s pianist for our Queer Poem-a-Day series!)

We also feature additional words prepared by text writers Kenta Mignot and Luke Burke, who writes on the Facebook page Different not less - Luke B.. Our episode covers many areas, including key concepts in thinking about neurodiversity, like “presumed competence,” and offers a unique opportunity to hear contemporary classical musicians reflect deeply on their art.  

Throughout the conversation, we feature three fantastic tracks from the album, which we discuss in depth: 

beautiful small things (2017), Text by Ryan Harris, Music by Emily Cooley; Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano & Nathaniel LaNasa, pianist

March 2017: Lucky (2019), Text by Luke Burke, Music by Joel Balzun; Olivia Doig, soprano & Christina Giuca, pianist

The Sixth Extinction (2019), Text by Kenta Mignot, Music by Tariq Al-Sabir; Nicholas Ward, baritone & Daniel Baer, pianist

You can check out the CD beautiful small things here at the library. The LYNX Project is performing at the Poetry Foundation next month, May 21, 2022 at 2pm, and tickets can be reserved for free.

The Deerfield Public Library Podcast is hosted by Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the library. We welcome your comments and feedback--please send to: podcast@deerfieldlibrary.org. More info at: http://deerfieldlibrary.org/podcast

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