Songs of Salcman:
Michael Salcman, Poet,
Lorraine Whittlesey, Composer
Post concert reception and book signing
Admission: Suggested donation of $15 / $10 suggested for Seniors and Students
April is National Poetry Month
MICHAEL SALCMAN (b.1946) was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia and came to the United States in 1949. He attended the combined program in liberal arts and medical education at Boston University, was a fellow in neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health and trained in neurosurgery at Columbia University's Neurological Institute. Former chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, he is the author of almost 200 scientific and medical papers and six medical and scientific textbooks translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese and Chinese.
Now Special Lecturer in the Osher Institute at Towson University, Salcman lectures widely on art and the brain. His course on How The Brain Works is available on the Knowledge Network of the New York Times.
A published poet for 40 years, his recent poems appear in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Hopkins Review, New Letters, New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Ontario Review, and Raritan; they have received six nominations for a Pushcart Prize. His work has been heard on NPR's All Things Considered and in Euphoria (2008), a documentary film on the brain and creativity.
He has given readings at the Library of Congress, the Pratt Library of Baltimore, The Academy of Medicine in Atlanta, The Writers Center in Bethesda, the Bowery Poetry Club and the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York.
Salcman is the author of four poetry chapbooks and two collections, The Clock Made of Confetti (Orchises Press, 2007), nominated for The Poet's Prize and a Finalist for the Towson University Prize in Literature, and The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011). He is the chair of the CityLit Project; his anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors and diseases is forthcoming.
LORRAINE WHITTLESEY began her professional career as a member of the ‘Peanut Gallery’ on NBC’s “Howdy Doody Show” in Manhattan. She was trained to be a concert pianist but after several years as a competitor she came to realize that her preferences were in the fields of composition and writing.
She studied TV and Film Scoring at UCLA.
Artist’s Statement: “I’m a genre-surfing composer who embraces traditional styles such as classical, blues, gospel, pop, and others which are integrated into choral and instrumental works. Technology and traditional ethnic instruments (such as the Chinese pipa and erhu, and the microtonal theremin) are also incorporated. The common denominator of the compositions is attention to melodic line and frequent use of polyphony. I also enjoy collaborative efforts with visual and performance artists. I’m very pleased for the opportunity to assemble some of my efforts for consideration to the Baker Awards committee and to present to a select audience some examples of the breadth of my works.”
Her production work includes “Parallel Lives” which featured famous Baltimoreans showing off their hidden talents. Lorraine produces many of her own shows, and also produces shows presenting excellent (but relatively unsung) talent to various audiences. She’s worked with the Archie Edwards Blues Band and The Dunbar Jazz Ensemble.
As a community volunteer she was recently a performer for the Martin Luther King celebration in the ‘Be Mo Jazz’ festival.
Between ’93-’96 she was Project Director of the Computer Music Consort @ the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
She has been an invited speaker and panelist at numerous institutions such as the Maryland Institute College of Art, Princeton University, The Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, and Stevenson College.
She was the Keynote Speaker and Curator at Johns Hopkin’s University’s Digial Media Center for the presentation “From Tubes and Transformers to Chips and Transistors: A History of Electronic and Computer Music.”