Learning in Retirement Association

Spring 2013 Art & Music

All programs are on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to Noon except for the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 2. Directions will be available at the Town Meeting and at Hannaford in Chelmsford. There will be sign-up sheets for tours at the March 13 Town Meeting. If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours.

March 20 - Life and Music of Verdi
BarbaraWagner
Barbara will present readings from biographies of the composer interspersed with musical excerpts from his major operas.
Coordinator: Barbara Page*

March 27 - Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH
Special Exhibit: Lethal Beauty (Samurai Weapons and Armor)
Group Admission: $8.00 ($5.00 special exhibit plus $3.00 Docent)
(Luncheon can be ordered when we get there.)
We will meet at Hannaford’s side parking lot in Chelmsford at 10 a.m. to carpool. Checks should be made out to Jane Canter and given to her at Town Meeting or mailed with postmark on or before March 11 to 4-A Old Colony Drive, Westford, MA  01886. 
Coordinator: Jane Canter*

April 3 - Turkey’s Legacy of Civilizations and Culture
Connie Lanseigne-Case*
The civilizations assimilated by Turkey stretch from prehistory. The 2,000 mile Road Scholar springtime journey mainly in the Anatolian region began in Ankara with a look at modern Turkey and Hittite Empire of 1400 BCE. The Hellenistic Period, Roman, Seljuk, Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish Republic all explored in meaningful ways though telling lectures, visits to revealing museum exhibits, and important archeological sites. The "fairy mushrooms" of Cappadocia, amazing volcanic forms, Seljuk caravansaries, a treasure trove of Roman artifacts in Aphrodisias' museum, and the ancient city of Ephesus, the seacoast  tourist destination of many. These places were among memorable sites photographed and immensely enjoyed.
Coordinator: Barbara Page*

April 10 – Cuba Today
Jose Ramirez
Jose returned to Cuba in January 2013 on his 9th trip there since he left the island in his youth. Not expected when he planned his trip, he arrived there in the midst of a cholera outbreak. His informative talk will discuss that as well as the much publicized changes in immigration laws that took place while he was there. Also discussed will be other current topics of interest.
Coordinator: Jane Canter*

April 17 - American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St #2, Lowell, MA
The museum’s permanent exhibit, Textile Revolution, portrays textile history.  The special exhibition, Behind the Veil, with photos and dresses, explores how brides over the past 150 years have chosen their wedding dresses and how their decisions are shaped by fashion, family, and finances.  We will meet at the museum at 10 a.m. for a guided tour followed by free time in the Museum or in the café for a relaxing lunch break.  Cost:  $7.60 for seniors; $9.60 for adults.  Please send a check payable to LIRA, Inc. postmarked on or before March 23 to Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Rd., Chelmsford, MA  01824.
Coordinator:  Carol McCarthy*

Apr 24 - Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St, Lowell, MA
The Whistler House Museum of Art was the birthplace of James McNeill Whistler in 1834. It was established in 1908 as the permanent home of the Lowell Art Association. Built in 1923, it represents the richness of the history and art of Lowell. A copy of his work, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother is on display at the museum. The tour begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $5. payable at the museum.
Coordinator: Jean Schott*

May 2 (Thursday) – Boston Symphony Open Rehearsal
Bernard Haitink will be the conductor and Nikolaj Znaider will be the guest violinist.
Program: Brahms Violin Concerto, Shubert Symphony in C "The Great"
Bus leaves from Hannaford's side parking lot in Chelmsford at 7:15 a.m.  Cost is $16. members; $26. non members.  Make checks payable to LIRA Inc. postmarked on or before April 18.  Send to: Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824.
Coordinator: Jean Rubinstein*

May 8 – Life and Art of James McNeill Whistler
Jean Schott*
Whistler, born in Lowell, left the city at an early age. He is one of the three outstanding expatriate artists of the 19th century. He spent most of his career in Paris and London. One of the most original artists of that era, he was a central figure in the Victorian art world.
Coordinator: Connie Lanseigne-Case*

*Denotes LIRA member