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Conservation District Annual Dinner Highlights Nature’s Influence on Music


Dr. Ryan Weber is the featured speaker at the Pike County Conservation District Annual Dinner on October 25 at Woodloch Pines Resort. Saxophonist Dieter Winterle will lead a jazz ensemble performance. Contributed.

PIKE COUNTY —This year, the Pike County Conservation District’s Annual Dinner will feature a performance and presentation exploring how nature has influenced composers and musicians.


Ryan Weber, Ph.D. will present “Art and Space, Art and Place: Creative Landscapes and Conservationism” followed by a performance of the Black Bear Jazz Ensemble led by Dieter Winterle on saxophone, with Robert Wilson on bass and Vince Marrone on guitar.


The dinner is open to the public. It will be held on Friday, October 25, in the Lakeview Dining Room at Woodloch Pines Resort. The event will include a social gathering (cash bar) from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the presentation.


The event is a celebration of the natural resources of Pike County, and the great conservation work completed by Conservation District partners, its board of directors, and staff. Tickets are $35 per person. RSVPs are requested by October 18 to pikecd@pikepa.org or (570) 226-8220.


Weber is executive director and founder of the Black Bear Conservatory of Music, in Hawley. He also serves as associate professor of musicology and chair of the department of fine arts at Misericordia University. He is a musicologist specializing in 19th- and 20th-century Europe and America.


Weber earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Connecticut and a MA and BA from Queens College, The City University of New York. His research interests include critical disability studies, eugenics, the sociology of music, music and literature, Scandinavian studies, transatlanticism and cosmopolitanism.


Visit the Events page at PikeConservation.org for more information, or RSVP before October 18 to pikecd@pikepa.org / 570-226-8220.

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