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Art & Music Schedule

FALL 2016 Art and Music Schedule

Program on September 28 will be held at University Suites, 327 Aiken Street, Lowell, MA from 10 a.m. to Noon. The program on October 19 will be held at the Tsongas Center, Talon Club Room, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA 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 21 - Visit to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA  

Master iconographer, Robert Andrews, created mosaic tile masterpieces over on 50 year period at the Transfiguration church.  He began work there is 1961. At that time, the interior walls of the church were bare plaster. Today the walls glimmer with shades of gold, blue and red. Andrew imports the small glass tiles from Italy. His work can be seen at more than 20 churches both in the US and abroad.   

Please arrive at 10:30 a.m.

Directions from University Crossing on Pawtucket Street:

Head down Pawtucket Street in the opposite direction from the University Suites.

Turn left right after the University Crossing Building onto Salem Street. Take a right onto Dempsey Place Please use the church parking lot.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

September 28 - The Gentlemen Songsters   

The Gentlemen Songsters of the Lowell Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will give a program consisting of live performances, a discussion of the history of barbershop harmony, and videos about the group.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

October 5 - The Peabody Essex Museum   

Special exhibit:  American Impressionist, Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals. The artist’s landscapes and seascapes in oils and water colors of Maine make him the foremost American impressionist of his generation. The bus leaves promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the side parking lot at Hannaford’s, Drum Hill, Chelmsford. A bag lunch is suggested. We return about 2:30 p.m. Bus cost is $10.50 for LIRA members.  Senior Admission is $16, paid individually at the museum.  Library coupons, MTA and museum reciprocals accepted.  And, there is a nice cafe and gift shop.  Any member wishing to visit the Yin Yu Tang Chinese House, should include an additional fee of $5.00. Checks are payable to LIRA, INC. and are due by Monday, September 26. Please send checks to Carol McCarthy, 398 Acton Road, Chelmsford MA 01824 (Please note - 24 hours needed for refunds).

Coordinator: Carol McCarthy*

October 12 - No Program (Yom Kippur)

October 19 - UMass Lowell Music Students (Tsongas Talon Club Room)

A program given by students of the U Mass Lowell Music Dept. Specific info will be given on this at a later date.    

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

October 26 - Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

LIRA members will visit the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell and meet with MRT Artistic Director, Sean Daniels.  They will learn about what goes into putting together a season and a show at MRT, and chat with  Sean and his staff about everything from the nuts and bolts of designing and building sets, to selecting plays to getting actors ready for opening night.  Whether LIRA members are regular MRT subscribers, or entirely new to this gem of a professional theater, they are sure to be entertained.  MRT specializes in producing regional and national premier performances of American plays.

Coordinator: Joan Kerzner*

November 2 - The Currier Museum of Art: Mt. Washington, the Crown of New England, 150 Ash Street, Manchester NH  03104

This will be the first museum exhibition devoted entirely to art featuring the Mt. Washington region. It will feature major paintings by Hudson River School artists, as well as by Winslow Homer Paintings, prints, vintage photos, etc. will document the artistic and historical context in which NH's most scenic landmark became a national and historical symbol of the American landscape. The second exhibit on view at the Currier is The Paris of Toulouse- Lautrec Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. After Lautrec’s art, no one saw Paris in the same way. The Currier's exclusive NE presentation of more than 100 original posters, prints, and illustrated books explores the magic of Belle Époque Paris, the city of light, in the late 10th century.

Senior admission is $10. There is a cafe at the museum for light lunches.

The museum opens at 11 a.m. 

Directions to the museum:

Take 1-293, exit 6- Amoskeag Bridge, bearing right to cross the bridge, but staying in the left lane, following signs for the business district and Elm Street.

At traffic light, cross Elm and go 0.4 miles to Beech Street. Turn right onto Beech St. The Currier will be 0.5 miles on your left.

Coordinator: Jean Schott*

November 9 - Loading Dock Gallery at Western Ave Studios, 122 Western Ave, Lowell, MA 01851

LIRA will meet at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios from 10 a.m. to Noon.  Event will include: Talk on the history of the studios and Loading Dock Gallery, a presentation by three artists about their self-portrait work that will be on display at the Loading Dock Gallery and tour of their Western Avenue studios and possibly an artist's loft.

Coordinator: Terri Munson*

*LIRA Member