The Denison Public Library wants to take patrons back in time Saturday. The library will have a performance by a Medieval choir and band at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Eisenhower Room of the library located at 300 W. Gandy Street in Denison.
The concert will be presented by the Society for Creative Anachronism and the library hopes that the performance will promote education and research in fields such as dance, music, spoken word/singing, and costuming of the era. Along with the musical performances, the Barony of Steppes is the local SCA group that will be doing demonstrations of arts, crafts, sciences and fighting from the Medieval era.
“The Medieval Choir and Band performance by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. offers library users a unique opportunity to experience music on the historical instruments for which they were composed by performers in historically-correct medieval costumes,” Library Assistant Director Steve McGowen said. “Although this music is thousands of years old, the written record of these songs has survived and we are able to recreate the instruments. Music is a living historical record that can be enjoyed by today’s audiences and such performances help our library users ‘live’ the medieval era.”
The concert and Medieval demonstration is free for anyone that would like to attend the performance at the library Saturday.
“Library users of all ages are fascinated with historical periods different than our own,” McGowen said. “It’s fun to step outside of our everyday experiences of modern times and experience another time and place. The medieval time period is a very real part of human history that has been well-documented in literature and the visual and performing arts, so when the library provides creative play opportunities and activities such as those offered at the recent Fairytale Festival and live musical performances, we invite children and their families to live that history.”
McGowen said that presenting history to children in a way that is interesting helps them remember it.
“Children learn by doing, so by inviting them to explore history through performances that feature the historically-correct instruments for which the music was originally written like Lauren Polen’s concert on Feb. 10 and in period costumes like Saturday’s Medieval choir and band performance by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. we are essentially creating a living museum at the Denison Public Library,” he said.
Denison Library Director Kimberly Bowen said that it is important for libraries to study what resources may be a potential value to the community and learn how to effectively implement those resources. She said that programs like the one on Saturday are the type of educational opportunities that the library hopes to continuing hosting for area residents.
“When I was hired as the library director for the Denison Public Library, I was asked what my vision was moving forward,” Bowen said. “I have a strong desire to provide the same opportunities and access in our community as those found in larger metropolitan area libraries. We may not have the funding to offer everything on the same level as libraries like Dallas, New York or Los Angeles; however, we can provide similar offerings on a less expensive level. It is important for our community to know and have access to emerging technology, trends and skills development that will ultimately improve the quality of life for our community.”