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Art of the Recital: Liberation
Art of the Recital: Liberation Thursday, May 23, 7PM - Payson Park Church, Belmont, MA Ysaye,  Solo Sonata No 4 Franck,  Sonata Schnittke,  Sonata No 1 Messiaen,  Last Movement from the Quartet for the End of Time Dvorak,  Songs My Mother Taught Me Joshua Peckins, violin Eliko Akahori, piano Experience an Art of the Recital performance by violinist Joshua Peckins and pianist Eliko Akahori! Click here to watch video footage of recent live performances! Program Details: From the most passionate and expressive sonatas, to dazzlingly virtuosic showpieces, to intimate and lyrical salon pieces written for simple pleasure – these programs present a wide range of experiences for listeners, all celebrating the wide artistic potential of the violin. Music is poetry, but sometimes music literally is poetry. Looking over the musical scores for this program, I am in awe of the beauty, emotion, and clarity of the words written by these composers. The Messiaen begins with instructions to the musicians: “Extremely slow and tender, ecstatic, expressive, as if in paradise.” (What a way to begin the day, as I pick up my violin and bow to practice!) Franck inspires and delights us with instructions including, “With all your strength!” “Dramatic!” and, my personal favorite, “With fantasy!” These are but a few selections from this powerful program, titled Liberation! The 31-year-old Messiaen wrote his “Quartet for the End of Time” as a prisoner of war in Germany. Premiered in 1941 by three of his fellow prisoners and Messiaen himself, the final movement (Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus) is for violin and piano alone, and reflects back to us all that is pain and all that is freedom. Hauntingly beautiful, this piece demonstrates the power of music to transcend mere “entertainment,” and helps us discover new beauties and imagine new possibilities for the human experience. Fiercely human and personal, the Schnittke Sonata has long been celebrated as a masterwork, yet many audience members may have the first chance to hear it live. If you have attended recent Art of the Recital performances, you will remember Schnittke’s “Suite in the Old Style,” as well as a variety of shorter salon pieces. This is a chance to discover one of Schnittke’s more substantial works, and to learn more about this important Russian composer. The Franck Sonata needs little introduction to those who know it – it is one of the most beloved pieces in the recital repertoire. With its sweeping arcs of feeling and profound range of sounds and colors, it is emotion and passion embodied in sound. The Solo Ysaÿe Sonata is famous not only for its dazzling virtuosity, but also for its depth of feeling. An interesting twist of programming, Franck dedicated his Violin Sonata to Ysaÿe – so you will have a chance to hear memories of the virtuoso violinist who inspired Franck! The Power of Live Music - Be There! FAQs What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Payson Park Church is located at 365 Belmont St, in Belmont, MA.  The church is located at the corner of Belmont St and Payson Rd, directly across the street from Oakley Country Club in Watertown.  There is free parking on Belmont St and Payson Rd.  The church is on the MBTA bus line #73 running between Harvard Sq and Waverley Sq.  For more information, please visit the church’s website: http://www.paysonpark.org/about-us/contact Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please print your ticket or bring an "e-ticket" on your smartphone.  Admission requires proof of purchase. Will tickets be available at the door? Pending availability, tickets will be available at the door.  Cash only, please.   Is my registration/ticket transferrable? One ticket admits one person to the concert.  You can freely purchase tickets for others or give your ticket away. What can/can't I bring to the event? Recording equipment of any kind is prohibited.   What is the refund policy? All sales are final.  If you can no longer attend the concert, please consider giving your ticket to a friend!  In the unlikely event that the concert is cancelled, a refund will be given.  Thank you for your understanding. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? For contact information, please click here: https://joshuapeckins.com/contact/ The program may be changed without notice for artistic reasons.  Thank you for your understanding.

When: May 23, 2019 7pm in Belmont, MA

Boston Temple Grounds/Gardening Workshop

Come learn and grow at the Boston Temple with your fellow garden enthusiasts!  Paul Ferrin, Grounds Supervisor of the Boston Temple and MA Certified Horticulturist, is offering two sessions of a fun and informative gardening workshop on the beautiful grounds of the Boston Temple. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about important spring gardening tasks as well as about the various flowers, trees, bushes and specialty vegetation that beautify the Boston Temple grounds, making it a virtual Garden of Eden in our own backyard. Topics discussed will include lawn care, plant selection, flower bed layout, and how to spot and prevent disease and other troublesome conditions that could ruin your landscape. Use the "Select a Date" drop-menu on the right side of the page to select the workshop time that works best for you: Friday, May 24, 2019 from 10am to 12pm  or Friday, May 31, 2019 from 10am to 12pm Then click the green "Register" button and follow the instructions. A temple recommend is not required to participate in this workshop. This event is appropriate for adults and for youth ages 11+ when accompanied by a responsible adult. Please note that we are not able to provide childcare for this event. Attendees should dress in work clothes, and the event will be held rain or shine.  Bring your gardening questions, learn new skills, share your own knowledge and provide needed service in the beautiful Temple gardens! Questions can be sent to paul.ferrin@churchofjesuschrist.org. We look forward to seeing you!

When: May 24, 2019 10am in Belmont, MA

Wheelworks Women’s Ride Back to Ponyhenge!

Join Threesquares’ Kati Seigel and Wheelworks’ Cat Bartash, for another jaunt to Ponyhenge.  We have changed up the route with for a little change of scenery and less walking up a hill. We will cancel the ride if it rains, but will post that on our Facebook page. We will have a staff  member greeting riders at Belmont Wheelworks. The store will not be open for business, but the restrooms will be available and pumps to air tires. No-drop women's road ride - rolling terrain, some hills Date: Sunday, May 26 Time: 9:30am Pace: 12-14 mph average speed for 27 miles

When: May 26, 2019 9:30AM in Belmont, MA

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About Belmont, MA
Belmont Massachusetts is a quiet, affluent, residential community located on the western suburban corridor of Boston on the divides between the Charles and Mystic Rivers. Until the early 19th century, Belmont was largely an agricultural town.

Belmont was then that the turnpike and railroad linked the area to Boston which stimulated the creation of several large estates. A Belmont farmer was the first to import and breed Holstein Cows and an estate in Belmont sparked the first use of hothouses to grow fruit and vegetables. The gardens under glass were so successful that they produced enough fruit to make the town first in the country in the value of fruit products and second in the country for vegetables.

Belmont residents are proud of their quiet, well-mannered and small 4.6 square mile community and are very civic minded.