BY PAUL BICKLEY
An evening filled with music, dance, humor — and pie — is in store for those attending the reprise of Malcolm Dalglish’s Love Songs for a Lasting World at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The show, first performed last year, is scheduled for the evening before Valentine’s Day, February 13, at 7 p.m., and celebrates not just romantic love, but what Dalglish calls the “multiplicity of love.”
Dalglish, a veteran composer, director, and hammer dulcimer player, says the show was inspired in part by a solo hike he took on the John Muir Trail in California, and is his valentine to the Earth and a hymn for preserving it.
“As men, we need to change our behavior, change our relationship with the Earth, and the way we are with women and our families,” Dalglish says. “Love, affection, and trust are at the center of all of this and begin at home.”
Again this year, the show’s proceeds will benefit Middle Way House, the domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center serving six south-central Indiana counties. “Middle Way House is one of the most innovative and successful shelters of its kind,” Dalglish says. His song “Sail Away” is for those transitioning out of the shelter, he says.
Dalglish will be joined by dancers and choreographers Jun Kuribayashe, formerly of Pilobolus Dance Theater, and his daughter, Mia Dalglish; local musicians Dan Lodge-Rigal, Charlie Jesseph, and Dave Gulyas; and select members of Dalglish’s Oolite singers.
After the show, audience members and performers will parade down Kirkwood singing Dalglish’s composition “You Got a Place in This World,” ending at a bonfire where Muddy Fork Farm and Bakery will serve apple pie fresh from wood-fired brick ovens. “Pie is the ultimate comfort food,” says Dalglish, who likes to bake pie and whose favorite happens to be apple. He says, for him, the bonfire and pie bring to mind skating parties under full moons with fires and warm treats. And, he says, he hopes Love Songs for a Lasting World will provide “a soul-satisfying event for a lot of people.”
Tickets (including pie) are $14 for children and students and $22 for adults, and are available at the Buskirk-Chumley box office and online at buskirkchumley.org.