The Festival of the Arts will be hosting “An Afternoon with Mark Twain and Ragtime Pianist Peter Bergin” on Sunday, February 18th at 4:00pm at Crossroads Charter Academy Auditorium. Take a step back in time to the turn of the last century. Imagine a warm summer evening, sitting on your front porch in a bentwood rocking chair in Hannibal Missouri, on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi. Close your eyes and listen to the strains of a brand new all-American music – ragtime – and listen to tall tales told by one of the greatest story tellers of all time.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist this country has produces,” and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature.”
Curtis O’Dell began Mark Twain impersonations after being told for year that he should do so based on his appearance. As Twain himself would say,
Now I wouldn’t say I was handsome. I would say I was very handsome. Why, during the fog and rainy season, I was often mistaken for fair weather.
Mr. O’Dell has performed as Twain throughout the Midwest, and very much enjoys taking his audiences back in time, as if they were with Mark Twain himself.
Peter Bergin has entertained audiences for over two decades. Peter’s mission is to celebrate life through music and stories, and especially loves sharing the rhythms of ragtime piano. Classically trained, Peter embarked on a full-time, independent music career after 24 years in computer software. There isn’t a day he regrets this decision! Playing in the heart of community brings Peter great joy and satisfaction. He looks forward to bringing ragtime music to audience everywhere as a testament to America’s original music.
For more information, please visit the Festival of the Arts webpage.