Paper Marbling Demonstration
At her eponymous gallery in Great Barrington, Lauren Clark will be demonstrating the ancient craft of Turkish Paper Marbling. A hit with adults and children alike, everyone loves to see the magic of marbling! Lauren has been a paper marbler for over 30 years, teaching workshops at her Great Barrington studio, IS183 in Stockbridge, and Connecticut’s Brookfield Craft Center. Her work can be found at art supply and fine art paper stores, and been made into seven books by Dover Publications. She is also a picture framer and the owner/director of Lauren Clark Fine Art, a contemporary craft and art gallery in Gt. Barrington, MA. The event is open to all community members.
Apr 28, 2018 12pm in Great Barrington, MA
Dixit Dominus - The Voice of Order over Chaos
Crescendos Baroque Oratorio Concert will feature two settings of the Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) by two of the most famous composers of that era: Handel and Vivaldi. George Frideric Handels Dixit Dominus HWV 232 is scored for five-voice chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra. It was written in 1707 for an unknown occasion in Rome, when the composer was only 22 years old. The work shows his talent to use the music to underline the rhetorical drama, and is basically a concerto for choir and orchestra. Antonio Vivaldis Dixit Dominus RV 807 for four-voice chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra was re-discovered only in 2005; it was long misattributed to Baldassare Galuppi. This oratorio is an entirely original composition of outstanding musical quality that dates from the composers late period. It includes a majestic trumpet part alongside the string and woodwind orchestra. The program will also include a couple of vocal works of Galuppi, who featured the trumpet alongside the voices frequently: the motet Jesu Corona Virgo for chorus and chamber orchestra and Alla tromba della fama for countertenor solo, trumpet and chamber orchestra. Performers are Crescendo Chorus, and soloists Michele Kennedy soprano I, Jordan Rose Lee and Jennifer Tyo soprano II, world renowned countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, David Vanderwal tenor, and Enrico Lagasca bass-baritone from New York City, with a Period Instrument Orchestra (strings and woodwinds) and natural trumpet player Chris Belluscio from Boston, directed by Christine Gevert. The concert will be repeated on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4 pm at Trinity Lime Rock, Lakeville, CT (VivaldiHandel6.bpt.me)
When: May 5, 2018 6pm to May 5, 2018 8pm in Great Barrington, MA
Cost: 10 - 60 USD
Announcing a Rare Exhibit of Lucien Aigner's Iconic Photographs
After traveling the world and taking photos of historic events and major world leaders and celebrities, Lucien Aigner – considered one of the leading pioneers of modern photography because of his early use of the small-format camera, the Leica - settled in Great Barrington, MA in the mid-1950’s, where he lived till he died in 1999. At his death, his collection of images, negatives and journals numbered nearly 100,000. The Aigner Collection was recently acquired by Yale University (the Beinecke Library, Yale Art Gallery and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover), so this exhibit – “LUCIEN AIGNER: Journalist, Photographer, Favorite Son” in Great Barrington, MA from June 25 – July 8, 2018 could be a rare last public look at Aigner’s most iconic photographs from the personal collections of his family. Best known for his “baggy pants Einstein”, (about which Einstein wrote to Aigner in German, “Sometimes when focused on numbers your pants fall down!”), Aigner’s role in the evolution of photography has been largely overlooked by historians who have focused more on Eisenstaedt, Capa, Salomon, Kertesz, and Cartier-Bresson and “sexier” photographers. In fact, according to the experts, including Ed Schwartzreich of the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA), since the then-new Leica was somewhat revolutionary, those using the new Leicas in the early 1900’s had to have “courage, since photographers had to get close to their subjects; technical precision since it took some fiddling to set it up once they took the camera out of their pocket; and had to know how to work with tiny negatives, which was challenging since this was a new medium. Aigner seems to have mastered all of this with his early use of the Leica.”But, since Aigner considered himself more a journalist than a photographer, the backstories of his photos are as important and historic as the images themselves and his role in the evolution of modern photography. Says his daughter, Anne-Marie Aigner, who is producing the exhibit, “When Aigner was photographing Mussolini at a rally, how did he get the shot? What were the conditions? When Aigner thought Mussolini’s security guards spotted him snapping photos with his little Leica camera, what happened?” Adds Anne-Marie, “And, the whole story behind the Einstein shoot is fascinating. You don’t get the backstories from other photographers – Aigner considered them to be as important as the images themselves.”In fact, after his divorce, when Aigner settled in the Berkshires in the mid-50’s, he stored his suitcase filled with negatives (another great story about how it was “saved” after Aigner and his wife and baby left Europe in 1939 for America) – and didn’t open it again till the mid-70’s, when he approached the Eastman House to determine whether his negatives were important. The answer was, of course, an unqualified “YES”. Aigner spent the rest of his life exhibiting around the world, always returning to his humble home in Great Barrington, MA, to work in his dark room to produce prints of Hitler, Paris street scenes, Einstein and thousands of other images shot in the years between the two World Wars and later with a small format camera that allowed this diminutive man (He was only about 5’4”!) to inconspicuously capture historic moments that others could not with their bulky tripod cameras. “LUCIEN AIGNER: Journalist, Photographer, Favorite Son”, the free-to-the-public exhibit to be held at Saint James Place in the center of Great Barrington from June 25 – July 8th, 2018 will showcase over 50 of Aigner’s most iconic photos and backstories – some never seen by the public --, as well as a special display of the Leica cameras similar to those used by Aigner. The LHSA’s Schwartzreich will be available at the VIP Reception to be held on Sunday, evening, June 24th, to answer questions about the Leica camera’s role in the evolution of photography.
When: Jun 25, 2018 12pm to Jun 25, 2018 4pm in Great Barrington, MA
Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant
Alan Cumming has been described by Time Magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird, and sexually ambiguous’. Alan Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur - but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire.
When: Jul 15, 2018 7pm to Jul 15, 2018 10pm in Great Barrington, MA
Cost: $31 Upper Balcony (Limited)$81 Reserved Seating 2$96 Reserved Seating 1$116 Premium Seating$146 Premium Seating with Meet & Greet*(Members receive $5 off each ticket)