This is an afternoon you won’t want to miss. Francis Schwartz is a Sarasotan we all know and love—and Anna is his long-time friend. Rabinowitz will read from her book, Words on the Street, with an interactive component of music composed by Schwartz.
Anna Rabinowitz is a prize-winning poet and an NEA Fellow. Words on the Street is her fifth volume of poetry. It is now being developed into a hybrid theatre work. Two of her previous book, Darkling, and The Wanton Sublime have been transformed into a concert opera and an operatic monodrama, both of which have been produced in a variety of venues in the United States and abroad. Anna serves on the boards of American Opera Society and the Poetry Society of America.
Francis Schwartz was born in the United States in 1940 and grew up in Texas where he studied with the eminent pianist Patricio Gutierrez. He received both B.S. and M.S degrees from Juilliard School in New York City and subsequently was awarded a Ph.D. with highest honors from the University of Paris.
Dr. Schwartz was Dean of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico where he also held major academic and administrative positions during his 33-year career at the prestigious Caribbean institution. He was decorated by the French government and awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. His music is regularly performed around the world and he is particularly noted for his innovative music theater works that frequently incorporate the attending public as active participants in the performance.
Schwartz has written works for some of the world’s outstanding artists and ensembles such as Andres Segovia, Gary Karr, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Continuum, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Sybarite5,Arioso Trio, 2E2M of Paris, LIM de Madrid, Casals Festival ,BONK Festival among many others. He currently pursues an international career while residing in Sarasota, Florida.