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Art & Music Schedule

Fall 2015 Art and Music Schedule

Programs on September 30, October 21, 28, November 4 and 18 will be held at University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA from 10 a.m. to Noon.  There will be sign-up sheets for tours at the September 16 Fall Convocation.  If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours. Please remember that if you have paid for a tour and you are unable to go, a 24 hour notice to the coordinator, prior to the tour is required if you want a refund.

Wednesday, September 23 Yom Kippur 


Wednesday, September 30 Armenian Culture 

Therese & Mihran Keoseian will do a presentation on Armenian culture and will be using some of Barbara Murch’s photos.

Coordinator:  Barbara Murch*

Thursday, October 8 Boston Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

The program will be:  Currier Divisions (BSO co-commission), Beethoven   Piano Concerto No. 3, and Brahms Symphony No. 2 with Andris Nelsons Conductor and Paul Lewis Piano.

Tickets including bus transportation are $30 for members, $35 for non-members if tickets are available.  The bus leaves from the back of Hannaford’s driveway in Chelmsford promptly at 7:15 a.m.  Send checks to:  Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824, 978-256-9942 /978-761-0022. Checks are to be made to LIRA INC. and are due no later than September 28, 2015.

Coordinator:  Jean Rubinstein*

Wednesday, October 14   Methuen Memorial Music Hall Guided Tour & Organ Concert

No need to travel to Europe!  The Music Hall’s Great Organ, built in the mid-1850s, was purchased by Edward F. Searles of Methuen in 1897, rebuilt and erected in a specially-built concert hall.  This first concert organ in the United States exerted considerable influence on American organ design and construction during the latter part of the 19th Century.  Robert J. Reich, former President and co-founder of Andover Organ Company will be our distinguished speaker. We plan to arrive at 10 a.m. and depart around noon.  Directions will be available at the Convocation.  Carpools meet at the Chelmsford Hannaford’s side parking lot at 9:15 a.m.  If you plan to drive or ride from Hannaford, please sign up at Convocation or contact Carol McCarthy 978-256-5904;

Coordinators:  Loretta Curtis* and Carol McCarthy*

Wednesdays, October 21 The Art of Mexico:  Part I  

Presenter: Jean Schott*

The art of Mexico will be covered in two sessions.  Part I will deal with the early centuries. 

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

Wednesday, October 28 The Art of Mexico: Part II

Presenter: Jean Schott*

Part II will cover up through the 20th century.

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

Wednesday, November 4 What’s Going On Here?    

Presenter: Dorothy Bromage*

In the spring, we took a look at two variations for orchestra:  one by Salieri, one by Ravel.  Now Brahms and Rachmaninov provide selections that highlight the various instruments and moods.  From the fun of Brahms, (“Variations on a Theme of Haydn”) to the drama of Rachmaninov (“Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”), there is much to learn and enjoy--for example the 18th variation of the Paganini variations, in which the melody is inverted and ends up in a score for a movie.

Coordinator:  Barbara Page*

Wednesday, November 11 Veteran’s Day (UMass Lowell closed)


Wednesday, November 18 The People and Places of Cuba

Presenter: Connie Lanseigne-Case*  

Before US tourism is possible again to the island nation, Connie participated in an educational exchange program in June, visiting with artists, students and seniors for eight days. The visit to Havana harked back to the 40s and 50s.  

Coordinator:  Barbara Page*

*Denotes a LIRA member