Poet Laureate and Grammy Award-Winner Close PLPS Season

The evening includes poetry and live jazz.

PoemJazz will close the 2013-2014 season of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at 7 p.m. April 25 in Texas Tech University’s Allen Theatre. The evening includes poetry and live jazz with three time Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood.

PoemJazz is a conversation between the sounds of poetry and music. In their performance, Pinsky’s dramatic reading and Hobgood’s jazz piano piece will provide a unique musical performance.

“Sentences and lines have melodies and rhythms, and master musicians like the great Laurence Hobgood express feelings,” Pinsky said. “Our performance is a conversation between two kinds of music. It’s comparable to rap—but in a completely different idiom, in language and in musical idiom.”

In addition to serving as U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky has authored 19 books and received an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Shelley Memorial prize from the Poetry Society of America and the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. He currently is poetry editor of the Internet magazine “Slate” and teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

Hobgood is a multiple Grammy-nominee and a 2010 Grammy winner. He is the musical director for Kurt Elling.

General admission tickets for the concert are $18 and are available through all Select-A-Seat locations. Call (806) 770-2000 or visit www.selectaseatlubbock.com.

Texas Tech students receive one free ticket with a valid student ID at the Student Union Building information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre.

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CONTACT: Jo Moore, administrator, Presidential Lecture & Performing Arts, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700 or jo.moore@ttu.edu.