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Music & Poetry with Rara Avis & Rick Kempa

  • Presented By: ARTCORE, Inc.
  • Dates: August 10, 2020
  • Location: Downtown Grill
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: $8 at the door


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Aug. 10 - Rara Avis explores music for woodwinds with an emphasis on the Baroque. Delores Thornton, flute, Charlotte Gruner, flute, Richard Turner, bassoon, and Kathy Williams, piano, musicians of the Wyoming Symphony, provide a blend of sounds that fits beautifully for trio sonatas of the eighteenth century as well as contemporary arrangements of popular favorites. Originally formed in response for a call for musicians for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's Music on the Move project, Rara Avis is traditional chamber music built around portability and flexibility. The ensemble has been featured on the Casper Chamber Music Society as well as the ARTCORE recital series and performs outreach in the Natrona County School District.

Recently retired after thirty years of teaching at Western Wyoming College, poet and essayist Rick Kempa is free to pursue his twin passions of writing and walking. Too Vast for Sleep, his third book of poems, was published in 2020 by Littoral Press. He is the founding editor of the literary journal Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry. A lifelong backpacker, he has recorded over 30 trips to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and has twice served as Artist in Residence there. Grand Teton National Park, he says, is his other home away from home. Learn more at

Refreshments from Bourgeois Pig sold at 6:45 and at intermission.

Co-Sponsored by the Casper Journal. Partial funding is from the Wyoming Community Foundation - Casper Area, and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.


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