By Marti Frantz
Edward Kelsey Moore didn’t necessarily expect to be an author. By the same token, he didn’t really expect to be a professional cellist, either.
“A black kid form the suburbs of Indianapolis in the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s didn’t just fall in to classical music,“ he says. “I came up in sort of this golden time where it made sense to people to have classical music education in schools, and I found myself falling in love with classical music at that point in my life.”
Moore lives and write in Chicago where he enjoys a career as a professional cellist. His essays have been commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio and The New York Times and his short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines.
A success in the U.S. and an international hit, The New York Times bestseller The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat was his debut novel. Movie rights to the novel have been purchased by Foxlight Pictures. A second novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues is due on the shelves in June.
After a book tour that lasted nearly two years, Mr. Moore comments that he looks forward to making music with gifted friends. He anticipates the “mental sharpness and complete focus that comes to him while playing difficult music that requires full concentration. And, he looks forward to feeling the electricity that crackles in the air between colleagues during a performance.”
Moore will appear in Rockford on Saturday, March 18 at the Nordlof Center, Sullivan Theater, 118 N. Main St. This event is the result of a unique partnership between The Music Academy in Rockford and the Rockford Public Library with funding from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Rockford Area Arts Council.
Moore will perform with students and faculty of The Music Academy at a 10 a.m. Cellobration and he will read from his novel and talk about his writing process, which he relates to music, is at 11 a.m. Copies of the book will be for sale (cash or check only) and a book signing will follow.
The morning is free and open to the public.