HCC to host annual Kreykenbohm Lecture Series

(November 9, 2017)— Hagerstown Community College will host the annual Kreykenbohm Lecture Series on Thursday, November 16, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Kepler Center’s Black Box Theater. A celebrated performer of Japanese shakuhachi and Western flute, Nora Nohraku Suggs will present a lecture/demonstration of the music, history, and cultural traditions of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute).

HCC’s lecture series is named after Helen Kreykenbohm, a retired professor of foreign languages and former humanities division chair at HCC. Held annually, the Kreykenbohm lecture series seeks to promote the arts and humanities in the local area.

Dr. Nora Suggs is graduate of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, with extensive private education in music, and degrees in biology, English literature, medicine and surgery. Dr. Suggs has also received her Jun-shihan and Shihan shakuhachi accreditations from the New York City Kyo-Shin-An dojo of Dai-Shihan James Nyoraku Schlefer, and has also studied with Dai-Shihan Kurahashi Yodo II, of Kyoto, Japan, and Australia’s Dr. Riley Lee. Dr. Suggs has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a solo and chamber musician as a member of Satori and the Fairfield Duo, featuring local classical guitarist, and HCC faculty member, Dr. Candice Mowbray.

The Japanese bamboo flute known as the shakuhachi has captivated the minds and hearts of listeners for centuries. Remarkably simple in design, it takes years to master, and has been the sound of Zen meditation for almost 1500 years. Shakuhachi music combines breathing and silence with rhythm, melody, and the other elements of music to create a captivating and entirely unique art form of great depth and beauty. The music is reflective and contemplative, and the instrument’s penetrating sound often produces an effect similar to sitting in meditation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Danny Webber, assistant professor of music and humanities, at 240-500-2406.