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The History of Music Comes Alive in Library Programs

When was the last time you enjoyed a good schreierpfeife recital?  Aren’t you ready for another one?

You’re in luck.  The Metropolitan Library System is bringing not only the schreierpfeife to town, but the lute-guitar, lyre, recorder, gemshorn, cornamuse, krummhorn, shawm, rackett, pennywhistle, concertina, ocarina, hurdygurdy, eagle bone flute, Kiowa courting flute, bowed psaltery, electric wind instrument and MIDI-pedalboard as well, all played by one musician.

Under the title, The Living Roots of Music, Lauren Pelon performs music from the 1st to the 21st centuries, She also tells stories about the instruments and music, bringing sounds and ideas together for an inspiring performance.

Pelon is a vocalist as well, and her original songs and ancient ballads have been especially appealing to audiences. One reviewer wrote, "Lauren Pelon is a showpiece by virtue of her beautiful, fervent voice and her extraordinary talents on an assortment of unusual, but authentic instruments."

She has also performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras, on television specials and with Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.

"I am fascinated by the interesting ways people of other cultures and different times have found to make music," says Pelon. "I especially enjoy doing these programs because they differ from ordinary concert performances. They offer not only an opportunity to listen to music, but also a way to think about how music has affected the lives of people all over the world -- from ancient times to our own modern day."

Pelon’s current program melds her own original compositions with her arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe, and contemporary Africa and Middle East. Her performances have been called "captivating and awesome." An Australian reviewer wrote, “Lauren Pelon has devised a unique evening of entertainment by combining a wide variety of music from many centuries... Her versatility with more than 25 instruments including voice is admirable...an experience made all the more pleasant by Pelon’s relaxed and warm presentation of the rare and unusual.”

Lauren Pelon’s concert schedule is:

  • Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm – Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller, 789-8363
  • Friday, February 19, 1pm – Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, 631-4468
  • Saturday, February 20, 2pm – Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, 843-9601
  • Sunday, February 21, 2pm – Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, 231-8650

For more information on this and other MLS events, visit the library’s webpage, www.metrolibrary.org  

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.