2012 Course Schedule

Art and Music Schedule Spring 2012

At the Convocation on September 12, there will be a sign-up sheet for each program not at the Rec Center.  If you cannot be at the Convocation, ask someone to sign up for you.  Priority will be given to those who have enrolled in Art and Music.  The coordinator is the person to contact if you want to go and are unable to attend on September 12.   

NOTE: Class on October 24 will be held at the Talon Club Room at the Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell.  Classes on October 31, November 7 and 14 are at the Campus Recreation Center, 100 Pawtucket Street, Lowell.  All classes are on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon.


Wednesday, September 19 DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA


This program consists of a forty-five minute guided tour of the outdoor sculpture park followed by a self-guided visit to the indoor museum exhibits.

Lunch is available at the museum café or bring lunch and blankets or folding chairs for a picnic on the lawn. After lunch there will be an opportunity for a walk on the adjoining conservation land.

At the entrance gate to the museum grounds, identify yourself as a LIRA tour member. Park and proceed to the area outside the museum building lobby. Carpoolers meet at the Chelmsford Hannaford’s side parking lot at 9 a.m. The tour starts at 10:15 a.m.

Cost is $12. Give check made out to DeCordova Museum to Steve Sussman at the September 12 Convocation, or mail to him at 32 Lake Warren Drive, Littleton MA 01460-1506 postmarked on or before September 12.  Directions will be handed out at Convocation and at Hannaford.

Coordinator:  Steve Sussman* 


Wednesday, October 3 Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA


We will have a docent-led tour of the museum’s extensive collections.  The tour starts at 10 a.m.  Bring a brown-bag lunch, and they will provide coffee and tea.  Carpoolers meet in Chelmsford at Hannaford’s side parking lot at 9 a.m. Cost is $7.50.  Checks payable to Barbara Page should be postmarked on or before September 20.  Directions will be handed out at Convocation September 12 and at Hannaford.

Coordinator:  Barbara Page*


Wednesday, October 10 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston, MA


Our one-hour Collections Highlights tour includes an introduction to the new wing and a discussion of collection highlights.  Since the café is small and expensive, we suggest you bring lunch to eat on the bus going home.  We will meet in Chelmsford at Hannaford’s side parking lot at 9:45 a.m.  We will leave the museum at 1:30 p.m.  Cost, which includes admission, tour, and bus is $23.  Please send a check payable to LIRA to Carol McCarthy postmarked on or before September 30.  

Coordinator:  Carol McCarthy*


Wednesday, October 17 Lyman Estate and Greenhouses in Waltham, MA


The Lyman Estate, known as "The Vale," was built in 1793 for a wealthy shipping merchant, Theodore Lyman.  A guided tour of the mansion features an elegant ballroom and graceful oval parlor. The tour will start at 10 a.m.   The greenhouses also feature guided tours.  We will meet at Hannaford’s side parking lot in Chelmsford at 9 a.m.  Cost is $9.  Send a check to Jane Canter, payable to Jane Canter, postmarked on or before October 10.  Directions will be available at Convocation and Hannaford.

Coordinator:  Jane Canter*


Wednesday, October 24 What is the Theremin?

Presenter:  Dorothy Bromage*


The musical instrument invented in Russia by Leon Theremin was patented in the US in 1928.  Transistors began to replace tubes, and in 1954, Bob Moog (pronounced Moag) began manufacturing a modern version, the “Etherwave Theremin.”  From an interest that began when she saw a demonstration of the theremin at her high school, Dorothy Bromage recently acquired one.   She will present a program about Leon Theremin, giving the history and playing technique of the theremin.  Movies such as “Spellbound” and “Lost Weekend” made use of the instrument’s special sound, and Jerry Lewis plays one in “Delicate Delinquent.”  On October 24, members will have an opportunity to play the theremin and have their picture taken.

Coordinator:  Frank Carroll*


Wednesday, October 31 Sargent

Presenter:  Jean Schott*


John Singer Sargent, born in Italy, was one of the three expatriate artists who achieved fame in the 19th and 20th centuries. The others were Cassatt and Whistler. He is regarded as the greatest virtuoso of the paintbrush in the history of art. He acquired fame in Europe first as a society portraitist and later for the outstanding watercolors of his worldwide travels.

Coordinator:  Judith Palais*


Wednesday, November 7 Women Painters

Presenter:  Liana Cheney


UMass Lowell Professor of History of Art, Dr. Liana Cheney, will lecture on women painters through the centuries.

Coordinator:  Barbara Page*


Wednesday, November 14 Maria Callas

Presenter:  Barbara Wagner


Barbara Wagner will give a lecture on the life and music of Maria Callas, including excerpts from her biographies and several recordings.  

Coordinator:  Barbara Page*


*Denotes LIRA member