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Ben Cosgrove: Music of the Landscape
November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us at South Hadley Public Library at 6:30 pm on November 16 for an enchanting evening with award-winning pianist, Ben Cosgrove, performing nature-inspired keyboard compositions. Ben is a traveling composer-performer who has spent years grappling with the vexing question of how to depict and engage with nature in his work.
In recent projects, Ben has considered the fraught history of reflecting landscape and nature in art, music, and writing. In addition to performing his music, he’ll discuss what he’s uncovered in the process and how he’s adjusted his practice to reflect these lessons.
This program is free and open to the public. Sliding scale donation appreciated but not required.
Ben Cosgrove‘s music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. Ben has performed in every U.S. state except for Delaware, collaborated with artists ranging from rock bands to essayists, and held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including NASA, Acadia National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Ben’s latest studio album, The Trouble With Wilderness, an evocation of various expressions of nature and wildness within the built environment, served as the subject for an episode of the NHPR show Outside/In and was deemed one of the best new releases of spring 2021 by WBUR. Ben has also written short nonfiction about place and environment for publications including Orion, Taproot, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and others, and he is based around northern New England.