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Art & Music Schedule

SPRING 2017 Art and Music Schedule

March 29 and April 12 programs will be held at University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Location of the April 28 program will be announced. There will sign-up sheets for tours at the March 8 Town Meeting. If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours.

Wednesday, March 15 - The Addison Gallery of Art on the Campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA

Exhibit: Eye on the Collection, Fall 2016

If possible, there will be a docent for our group. The exhibit shown will be a selection of works from the permanent collection. Ever-changing, the permanent collection is changed several times a year in order to give visitors a chance to view some of the 17,000 works in it. Admission is free to all. The gallery is located in a stand-alone on the school campus at the corner of Route 28 and Chapel Street in Andover. Meet at 10 a.m.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

Wednesday, March 22 - The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, MA 

Exhibit: The Quilted Canvas, The Crit Group: 30 Years and Still Quilting

A docent will be provided for our group. This exhibit features the work of 5 fiber artists who have worked together for 30 years.  The popular art quilt movement began in the 1960's and 1970's.

Meet at the museum after parking on the nearby streets or the Lowell National Park lot. Take a ticket upon entering and have it validated upon leaving the parking lot.

Admission is $10. Send a check payable to LIRA, INC by March 15 or pay at the LIRA town meeting on March 8.   Checks should be sent to Joan Kerzner, 130 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852.

Coordinator: Joan Kerzner*

Wednesday, March 29 Harmonica Workshop – Professor John Shirley

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in a harmonica workshop where you will actually make music as part of an ensemble lead by a UMass Lowell music professor… and sound fabulous. No experience required.

Professor John Shirley is Chair Emeritus of the Music Department and specializes in Sound Recording Technology. John began his harmonica studies with Howard Levy, the Grammy winning harmonica wizard who helped found Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and says that taking harmonica lessons from Levy was “like starting cello lessons with Yo Yo Ma.”

The workshop will be held at University Suites on Wednesday, March 29th, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Harmonicas will be available at the workshop for $15. Sign up is required so please sign up at the LIRA town meeting on March 8 or contact Terri Munson at

Coordinator: Terri Munson*

Wednesday, April 5, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass.

Bus transportation and docent-led guided tour of museum highlights. 

Current exhibitions; Paintings, sculptures, silver and furniture from the Spanish and Portuguese South American colonies.  Outstanding collection of medieval art, chivalric arms and armor from the Higgins collection.   Magnificent works from Japan’s rapid modernization in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Master Vases from Ancient Greece.

The art and storytelling of children’s book illustrator, Ed Emberley.

The bus leaves at 10 a.m. from the side parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford.  We return about 2:30 p.m.  Cost including bus and admission is $22.50. Checks are made out to LIRA, INC. and are due by Wednesday, March 29. 

Please send checks to Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 

Please note: 24 hour notice is needed for refunds.

Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*

Wednesday, April 12 Leon Poirier - A Visit to Sicily, Italy

A well-known presenter of travel programs in our area, Leon returns to give us a tour of the island of Sicily. Among the many places he will show us are Palermo, Cefalu, Corleone and the famous Greek temples of Agrigento. There will be a discussion of the numerous cultural influences on the island.

Coordinator: Jeanne Gunion*

Thursday, April 20, Boston Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Program: Mozart's "Piano Concert No. 24 in C minor", Mozart's "Requiem"

Conductor- Andris Nelson, Radu Lupu- piano, Tamara Mumford - Mezzo Soprano, Morris Robinson – Bass and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Tickets include bus transportation. $30 for LIRA members, $35 for non–members (if tickets are available).

The bus leaves promptly at 7:15 a.m. from the back parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford.

Checks are to be made to LIRA, INC and are due no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.

Send checks to: Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824.             

978-256-9943/ 978-761-0022,

Coordinator: Jean Rubinstein*

Friday, April 28 Performance by UMass Lowell Music Students, The Hawkapellas   

Location will be announced.

Coordinator Carol McCarthy*

Wednesday, May 3 McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Exhibition: Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic

Soriano fled to the US in 1962. His style quickly changed to spiritual, rather than geometric, the style of his art in Cuba. In this exhibit, his luminous, ethereal works, are rooted in contemplation.

Bus transportation will be provided by Tewksbury Transit. Admission to the McMullen Museum is free. The bus fee is $11. Board the bus at the back parking lot of Hannaford in Chelmsford at 8:45 a.m. We will return between 2 and 2:30 p.m. If you have signed up but are not able to go on the trip, please call Jean Schott by 9 p.m. on the evening of May 2. 978-692-3904.

Checks should be made payable to LIRA, INC for $11. Please give checks to Jean Schott at the March Town Meeting on March 8 or send to Jean Schott, Box 1628, Westford, MA 01886 by April 20.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

*Indicates a LIRA member