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Winter Music Series: Ben Cosgrove

March 20 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Join us in our cozy library as we welcome Ben Cosgrove for the second installment of our Winter Concert Series. Enjoy Ben’s brilliant piano compositions that explore his deep and abiding interests in landscape, geography, place, and environment. For years, he has been fascinated and inspired by the different ways people understand and interact with the landscapes around them, and through songs with names like “Prairie Fire,” “The Machine in the Garden,” “Champlain,” “Kennebec,” “Volcano,” and others, he seeks to explore those relationships and reflect them in sound.

This lunchtime concert offers a welcome midday break in the relaxed atmosphere of the Farnsworth’s library. This hour-long performance includes tasty snacks and coffee, plus free admission to the museum following the performance.

Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. Described by the Boston Globe as “a sonic plein-air painter… [using] his piano as a paintbrush,” Ben has performed in every U.S. state except for Delaware, collaborated with groups ranging from rock bands to research scientists, contributed music to several radio and film projects (including the recent Ken Burns documentary The American Buffalo), and held residencies and fellowships with institutions including NASA, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

Ben’s music has been called “beautiful and fascinating” (The Maine Edge), “deeply impressive” (Independent Clauses), and “immediately evocative and fully arresting… brim[ming] with technical mastery and emotional capital” (Seven Days). His newest record, Bearings, a collection of improvisation-based music that reflects upon the relationship between movement and place, was released on October 6th, 2023. You can read more about Bearings here, stream it on all platforms here and order the album in CD, vinyl, or digital formats here.

Cost: $20; $18 for members; students 17 and over $10 ; children 16 and younger are free

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