Part lecture, part musical performance, part interactive discussion, "Joe's Odyssey" brings the famous epic poem to life in an original performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Nobel Recital Hall in Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther College campus.
The presentation by performing artist Joe Goodkin is open to the public with no charge for admission.
"Joe's Odyssey" ties into the year-long Paideia lesson of Homer's "The Odyssey," which tells the story of Odysseus' 10-year battle to return home following the Trojan War.
Goodkin's "Odyssey" is an original hour-long production that blends music with discussion. It begins with a brief lecture about the "The Odyssey," followed by a 30-minute musical performance on acoustic guitar. The music consists of 24-short songs written by Goodkin, which deconstruct "The Odyssey" in a way that brings to life the timeless story of Odysseus while making it appropriate for modern-day audiences. It ends with a 25-minute discussion/Q&A about themes in "The Odyssey," ancient traditions, its oral composition and other aspects of Homer's poem.
Goodkin has been performing his version of "The Odyssey" since 2002, giving more than 200 performances in 32 states and Canada. His performance as honored with an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers award in 2003, 2004 and 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts in classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This event is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Impact committee as well as the Classics Department.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.