A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Friday night of September 19 was a joyous occasion as singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak returned to Thomas Ford to perform original songs and beloved folk classics. We had been looking forward to the concert for months, and over 50 people came to hear Dvorak, who grew up in the western suburbs and now teaches at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. No one was disappointed.
Mark began with “Every Step of the Way,” a sort of folk anthem that also starts his CD of the same title. He followed with other songs of his own writing, “God Bless the Open Road and You” and “The Middle Years.” He also played an old blues piece that he learned from an old musician in a senior center in Dallas, but I did not catch the name.
Five songs into the set, Mark asked the audience to sing along with the chorus of the humorous 19th century real estate promotional song “El-a-noy,” They did joyously and continued singing along with most songs through the concert (except when Mark was playing lively banjo pieces), including his encore “The Glory of Love.” We were practically a choir singing Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” I heard from many people afterwards about how much fun they had. That’s exactly why we have these concert.
On November 7, we continue our Friday at the Ford series with a recital by Westchester soprano Celeste Martino. She will sing a collection of lullabies from around the world. It will be beautiful. We will open our doors at 7:00 p.m. and the concert is at 7:30 p.m. No reservations are needed. – Review by Rick