Art & Music Schedule

Spring 2016 Art and Music Schedule

Programs on March 23, April 13, 20 and May 4 will be held at University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA from 10 a.m. to Noon. There will sign-up sheets for tours at the March 9 Town Meeting. If you cannot attend, you may ask someone to put your name on the list for your choice of tours.

Wednesday, March 16 No Class

Thursday Mar 17 Boston Symphony Open Rehearsal

The program is: Higdon "Blue Cathedral," Williams "Violin Concerto," Saint-Saens "Symphony No, 3,"

Conductor: Stephane Deneve, Violinist: Gil Shaham. Tickets including bus are $30 for members; $35 for non-members (if tickets are available). The bus leaves promptly at 7:15 am from the side parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford. We return about 2 p.m. Bag lunch is suggested. Checks are made out to: LIRA, INC. and are due by Friday, March 11. Please send checks to: Jean Rubinstein, 15 Fairbanks Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Please note: 24 hour notice is needed for refunds.
Coordinator: Jean Rubinstein*


Wednesday March 23 Travelling in Turkey -- Leon Poirier

Leon will present a program on a Grand Circle tour he took throughout Turkey. The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the caves in Cappadocia were highlights!
Coordinator: Jean Schott*


Wednesday March 30 Lowell Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, MA

We will see the beautiful Japanese quilt exhibit. Parking is available at the Visitor's Center lot on Dutton Street or the garage on Market Street. Meet at 10 a.m.
Coordinator: Jean Schott*


Wednesday, April 6 Special Exhibit: Pairing Picasso, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A loan from Switzerland of four major works by Pablo Picasso and more from private collections will complement the MFA's holdings of paintings and sculpture by the artist, looking at different stages of his career. Museum admission is 65+seniors $23; adults $25, paid individually at the Museum entrance. Reciprocal memberships, coupons, and discounts are valid. The bus leaves promptly at 9:15 a.m. from the side parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford. We return by 2:30 p.m. Bus cost: $10. LIRA Members, $15. non-members. Checks are made out to: LIRA, INC. and are due by Wednesday, March 30. Please send checks to: Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. Phone: 978-256-5904.

Please note: 24 hour notice is needed for refunds.
Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*


Wednesday April 13 Let Us Count the Ways -- Dorothy Bromage

We have analyzed major works. This time the focus is on shorter compositions, as we see how a few composers take a theme and create a series of variations. Come and find how this is done by several -- from Pachelbel to Gottschack -- from a canon to a cakewalk.
Coordinator: Barbara Page*


Wednesday April 20 Stained Glass Art by Marlowe Miller

Marlowe is a mosaic artist who works with both 3D objects and glass surfaces. She will discuss her process and the inspirations for her obsession.
Coordinator: Nancy Pitkin*


Wednesday April 27 Everywhen: Australian Aboriginal Art -- Harvard Art Museums

The exhibit contains some 70 Aboriginal works enhanced by objects from Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. This is a self-guided tour and our group will be divided into two smaller groups of 15. The bus leaves promptly at 9 a.m. from the side parking lot at Hannaford in Chelmsford. We return by about 2 p.m. Cost including Museum admission and bus is: $25. Group is limited to thirty. Checks are made out to: LIRA, INC. and are due by Monday, April 6. Please send checks to: Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Please note: 24 hour notice is needed for refunds.
Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*


Wednesday May 4 What do the Strings Do?

Two students from UMass Lowell will come, a violinist and a cellist. They will play for us, as well as give an informal workshop on the string family of instruments.
Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*