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Art & Music Schedule

FALL 2017 Art and Music Schedule

Programs on October 11, 25 and November 1 will be held at Campus Recreation Center, 322 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA, Room #111 from 10 a.m. to Noon. There will sign-up sheets for tours at the September 13 Fall Convocation. If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours.

September 27
Visit to the Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Located in a massive brownstone building near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, the museum’s centerpiece is its collection of steam engines. Three original coal-powered steam driven pumps, reaching more than three stories tall, are preserved at the museum, monuments to 19th century technology and innovation. On our Guided Tour we will walk around each and see the multitude of perfectly engineered parts that pumped millions of gallons of fresh water a day into the city of Boston until 1970, when the Quabbin Reservoir came on line. Ample seating throughout the museum. A Bag Lunch is suggested for a possible picnic or to eat on the bus.

The bus leaves at 10 a.m. from the back parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford. Cost is $20.50 for LIRA members, $25.50 for non-members if space is available.

Checks are due by Wednesday, September 20. Send check, payable to LIRA, Inc. to Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Please note: 24 hour notice is needed for refunds.

Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*

October 5 (Thursday)
Boston Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

The program for the day is:

  • Arlene SIERRA " Moler"
  • TCHAIKOVSKY " Violin Concerto"
  • RACHMANINOV " Symphony No. 2"

Conductor -Andris Nelson, Gil Shaham- violin

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. Bring a bag lunch.

Checks are to be made to LIRA Inc, and are due no later than Thursday September 28, 2017.

Send checks to:
Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: 978-256-9943 / 978-761-0022

Coordinator: Jean Rubinstein*

October 11
A Visit to England and Switzerland

Presenters: The Sebelius Family

Switzerland has so many beautiful places. Deb and Peter Sebelius enjoyed a visit with their daughter while touring the area around Lucerne, in the German speaking part of the country. Later, they enjoyed a trip to London. Their guest speaker will be their daughter, Tammie, now living in the Boston area.

October 18
Visit to the Currier Museum, 130 Ash Street, Manchester, NH

The two exhibits on view are:

  1. Monet's Pathways to Impressionism
  2. The Paris of Toulouse Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art in NYC

Cost is $13 for seniors. (If enough people signup, a docent will be given to us, with a slight increase in the admission cost.)

Directions to the museum:

  • 1. Take route 3 North
  • 2. Take exit 6 onto Amoskeag Street which becomes W. Salmon Street
  • 3. Turn right onto Beech Street
  • 4. Left onto Orange Street
  • 5. Left onto Ash Street

Meet at The Hannaford parking lot at 9:45 a.m. for carpooling. The museum opens at 11 a.m. There is nice cafe on site there!

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

October 25
Drumming: A Hands on Music Program

From the day you were born, rhythm has been fully alive inside of you! This workshop will spend time evoking your inner musician by creating a physical, spiritual, and emotional connection between you and the most primal instrument, the drum. This hands on experience will be gently guided by Ms. Savannah Marshall, adjunct music professor, and assisted by students in her class, Progressive Performance and Production Pedagogy. Participants will be playing, singing, and shaking their groove thing by the end of the session. The musical experiences will be both energizing and therapeutic. No formal musical training is required, and the session is open to all abilities. We hope you join us! 

Coordinator: Terri Munson*

November 1
Iceland, Land of Beauty: Travel Talk by Photographer Jack Holmes

Iceland is a wild land in the beauty of the North Atlantic. It is a country with few large cities and many coastal villages. There one finds stark beauty in treeless landscapes, glaciers, volcanos, blue lagoons and much more!

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

November 8
Trip to the Fitchburg Museum of Art, A Guided Tour: Global Africa and More

On Wednesday, November 8 please join us for a visit to Fitchburg’s Art Museum to experience their extensive exhibit of African Art. Here are details:

GLOBAL AFRICA: Creativity, Continuity and Change in African Art, an exhibition of classic, contemporary and commissioned art objects including masks, masquerades with videos, photographs, carved portraits, textiles, metal arts as currency, and an interactive Learning Lounge.

Museum admission $9 per/person, Senior rate is $5 per/person. Additional cost for the docent(s) will be based on the number of participants/number of docents required. (Docent is $50.)

We will enter at the main entrance is at 185 Elm Street. Docents will meet us at 10:50 a.m. in the main lobby

We plan to carpool and will leave from Hannaford in Chelmsford at 9 a.m.

Parking is available at the museum adjacent to the main entrance.

Three galleries focus on three themes:

  1. Music, Masks, Masquerades emphasizes the multi-media nature of African art and the difference between African and Western modes of display.
  2. Beyond Indigo looks at the African presence in America, evokes the diversity of cultures represented by individuals forcibly moved from Africa to the western hemisphere, and celebrates the inventiveness of African artists working in wood, metal, and cloth.
  3. Life/Afterlife focuses on memory, and the interrelationship of the natural and supernatural worlds.

Coordinator: Kathy Cryan Hicks

*Indicates LIRA member