Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville's masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud by curators, artists, fishermen and women, writers, students, business leaders, special guests, and more.

Everything from "Call me Ishmael" to the epilogue will happen on the stage at the PMA. Drop in and out any time you like, or stay for the whole thing. 

We set sail on this voyage with a ceremonial opening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. It continues all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, concluding with special activities, refreshments, and surprises. When you attend the reading, don't forget to add your own voice by helping illustrate a copy of the novel in The Workshop!

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, November 17, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Ceremonial Opening
Friday, November 18, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with PMA 360: Whale of a Tale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with sea music concert at 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 1 p.m. Songs From the Era of Moby-Dick
A sea music concert with David Peloquin

Songs From the Era of Moby-Dick is a one-hour concert of songs and chanteys that appear in Moby-Dick including The Bold Harpooner, Spanish Ladies, and the halyard chantey, Cheerly Men. Herman Meville knew these songs first-hand from his own voyages. The concert will include other songs commonly sung abord mid 19th century American whaleships. Finally, the program will touch on maritime songs with a Maine connection from Fannie Eckstorm's 1927 collection, Minstrelsy of Maine. The concert will be followed by an opportunity for members of the audience to ask Mr. Peloquin questions about music aboard American whaleships.

David Peloquin served as an occasional Mystic Seaport Museum chanteyman and historic interpreter for over 20 years. In 2000, his sea music group Compass Rose performed at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. In 2001, Mr. Peloquin produced a musical soundtrack of traditional sea music for the New Bedford Whaling Museum's film Panorama of a Whaleship Voyage. Mr. Peloquin is an independent Herman Melville scholar specializing in symbolish and esoteric spirituality in Moby-Dick.

Featured visuals by artists Shoshannah White, Derek Kimball, Tim Powers, and Matt Kish

Generously supported by The Wintersteen Family. Corporate sponsorship is provided by WEX. Media sponsorship is provided by Bangor Daily News.

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