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Respite by the River: Diana Marcum, with Music by Benjamin Boone and Friends



Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for a Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner, blanket, lawn chair, and relax on the Ranch House front lawn while you enjoy live dinner music provided by talented local musicians. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Then you'll enjoy a reading by a Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale.

Evening Schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live dinner music, bring your dinner, purchase your glass of wine or dessert

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by acclaimed author

8:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing



Diana Marcum writes about life in the small towns and rural areas of California for the Los Angeles Times. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for narrative portraits of farm workers, farmers, and others in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. She is the author of “The Tenth Island, Finding Joy, Beauty and Unexpected Love in the Azores.”
Benjamin Boone

Born October 19, 1963 in Statesville, North Carolina, Benjamin Boone grew up in an intellectually stimulating family and could have devoted himself to any number of pursuits. He concentrated on the saxophone and improvising from an early age, but was also interested in composition. “I learned a great deal about science, literature, visual art, writing, history, politics, and music from my four older brothers,” he says. “So I’ve always gravitated towards interdisciplinary projects like this one, where I can combine playing, composition, literature, and oration to create an artistic statement that addresses history and topics relevant today.”

Boone studied jazz and composition at the University of Tennessee and went on to get a Master of Music degree in composition from Boston University and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina, studying with heavyweights such as Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Rands, Gordon “Dick” Goodwin, Charles Fussell, John A. Lennon, and Jerry Coker. For his doctoral dissertation, Boone delved into analyzing speech from a musical perspective, research cited in Oxford’s New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow, he conducted musical research in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, and is currently spending a year in Ghana performing and composing with African musicians as a Fulbright Scholar.

As a performer and composer, Boone is heralded in both jazz and new music circles. His music has been performed in 29 countries and appears on more than 25 CDs. It’s been the subject of multiple national broadcasts on National Public Radio. With The Poetry of Jazzhe’s opened up a new literary and musical frontier, and there’s more in store. The album features the first half of the 29 poems Boone recorded with Levine, who addressed his readers in his classic verse, writing “if you’re old enough to read this you know what work is.” And if you’re old enough to play this album, you’ll know what the poetry of jazz is, in all its poignant, uproarious, and unguardedly humane glory.

For more information on Benjamin Boone, click here.


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