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Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman Featured in Rush Hour Concert Series

Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang to Present Music of Robert Schumann

June 2, 2010

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to present, with the Rush Hour Concert Series, a free performance featuring Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Kuang-Hao Huang.

The event marks the fifth year of collaboration between the Poetry Foundation and the Rush Hour Concert Series in presenting programs combining poetry and music.

What: Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”), with Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang
When:
Tuesday, July 13, 5:45 PM
Where:
Rush Hour Concert Series, St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron Street (at Wabash Avenue)

Admission is free. Pre-concert reception opens at 5:15 PM.

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Mary Ann Hoberman was appointed by the Poetry Foundation to a two-year term as Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation in 2008. She is the author of over 40 children’s books and has won the National Book Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, a Society of School Librarians International Best Book award, and a National Parenting Publications Awards gold medal, among other accolades. Hoberman’s most recent publication is a moving anthology of more than one hundred poems, The Tree That Time Built. One hundred of her favorite poems are collected in The Llama Who Had No Pajama. Other popular titles include Strawberry Hill, Hoberman’s first novel; The Seven Silly Eaters; and the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series.

Kuang-Hao Huang is a pianist and teacher. As a soloist, he has performed with the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has been heard on Chicago’s WFMT-FM. Huang serves on the adjunct faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Concordia University Chicago, and the Merit School of Music. During the summer, he coordinates the piano program at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute.

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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org

About Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral

Rush Hour Concerts promote the experience of classical music in a welcoming, widely accessible, and culturally rich environment by presenting weekly, free, world-class concert events throughout the summer in Chicago. Rush Hour Concerts are relevant to contemporary lifestyles, provide regular access to aesthetic nourishment, and foster a sense of community. Attendees gain insight into performances with informative program booklets and personal conversations with the artists. 

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