Michael Fraser: Fiddles & Forests
March 17, 2009
Storyteller, conservationist and fiddler Michael Fraser will interpret the history of the great Ozark Highland forests on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Fraser, a 25-year resident of the Ozarks, combines oral tradition and music to explain about the area’s rich heritage. A former apprentice of Smithsonian Fellow and Ozark fiddler Bob Holt, Fraser is a 22-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Conservation, where he serves as an education consultant. In that role, he brings greater awareness of Missouri’s living resources by means of the various teacher workshops, leadership retreats and nature centers at which he presents, as well as the more than 2,000 school programs he has organized.
In his presentations, Fraser relies on art, literature and music as his primary teaching aids because he believes those specific methods bring an emotional reality to the subject matter.
Fiddles and Forests, a program he first developed in 1996, was so well received by the Department of Conservation that it was compiled into a two-disc CD, which has sold more than 7,000 copies in the six years since its release.
Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.