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Lyra Music Festival 2019
The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events based in Northampton, MA. Each July Lyra Music brings together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in July for Concerts and Masterclasses at Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA with: AYANO NINOMIYA, Violin Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:00pm Violin Masterclass 4:00pm Ayano Ninomiya in Recital with pianist Pei-Shan Lee Praised by The New York Times as "deeply communicative and engrossing," violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools. The Boston Globe wrote that, "A note from her was never just a note...Whatever project she takes on next, it is sure to be worth a listen." She has won numerous awards, including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, and the Young Performers Career Advancement Award (APAP). As a recording artist, Ayano has released a variety of albums including a solo album of works for violin by Larry Bell and more recently, three albums as the first violinist of the Ying Quartet. THE HORSZOWSKI TRIO Jesse Mills, violin Raman Ramakrishnan, cello Rieko Aizawa, piano Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:30pm Chamber Group Masterclass 7:30pm The Horszowski Trio in Concert Program: Haydn: "Gypsy" Trio Smetana: Trio in g minor -Intermission- Shostakovich: Trio #2 Hailed by The New York Times as impressive, lithe, persuasive, when the members of the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV-ski) Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. The New Yorker has called them "the most compelling American group to come on the scene." Their debut recording, an album of works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and DIndy in memory of Mieczysaw Horszowski was released by Bridge Records in 2014. Gramophone called them "a highly accomplished group," and raved: "exemplary performance... I long to hear more of the Horszowski Trio." Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. RENANA GUTMAN, Piano Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:30am Piano Masterclass 4:00pm Renana Gutman in Solo Recital Program: Chopin Polonaise-fantasie in A-flat major, op.61 Liszt Sonata in B minor -Intermission- Bach French Suite no.6 in E major BWV817 Bach French Suite no.5 in G major BWV816 A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai International Master Classes, she performed concerti such as Brahms 2nd, Rachmaninoff-Paganini Variations, and Beethovens Emperor with the Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian I Fiamminghi, and Mannes College Orchestra. Her festival appearances included Marlboro and Ravinia, where she collaborated with prominent musicians like pianist Richard Goode, clarinetist Anthony McGill and members of the Guarneri string quartet, to name a few. *Please Note, our originally scheduled Piano Guest Artist, Fei-Fei, unfortunately, has been delayed abroad due to complications with the processing of her international visa. We are very excited to present Renana Gutman in masterclass and Solo Recital. ASTRID SCHWEEN, cello Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:30am Cello Masterclass 4:00pm Astrid Schween in Recital Program: Debussy: Sonate for Cello and Piano Cassadó: Suite for Violoncello Solo Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody Schumann: Fantasy Pieces -INTERMISSION- Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto. An active juror and panelist, she has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on Living the Classical Life, NPR, The Violin Channel, CelloBello, and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. Following her solo cello album, "Rhapsody," Ms. Schween's current recording project covers the major Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt. A Festival opening concert of chamber music with the FACULTY ARTISTS of the Lyra Music Workshop (Thursday, July 11, 2019) and a final STUDENT GALA concert will round out the festival (Saturday, July 27, 2019). **All ticketed events will take place at Sage Hall on Smith Campus in Northampton, MA, please see our website for FREE outreach concerts with Lyra Music Student performers throughout the Pioneer Valley in July. www.lyramusic.org.

When: Jul 7, 2019 8pm to Aug 31, 2019 10pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: 0 - 100 USD


With wit and humor, Kyung Woo Han challenges the assumption that video is an artistic medium of faithfully representing truth. He painstakingly constructs trompe-l’oeil (French phrase for “deceives the eye”) environments, and then deconstructs them for the camera. In Green Room, pieces of furniture seem to float in a flooded room. When Han enters and removes the “furniture” piece by piece, the optical illusion is exposed. The room is dry, partially painted a light green to create the impression of water. The floating “tables” and “chairs” are actually suspended sculptures, which the artist has constructed with bent and skewed angles to mimic the effect of refraction in water. Each time Han leaves the room with an object, the illusion of a flooded room reasserts itself, foiled when he re-enters.Image: Kyung Woo Han. Born South Korea, 1979. Green Room. 2009. Single-channel video, 6:20 mins. Purchased

When: Aug 20, 2019 12am in Northampton, MA

Exhihition: Alma Thomas: the light of the whole universe

The works in the gallery are largely from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The period was defined by the civil rights and feminist movements in the U.S. and by anti-colonial and independence movements around the world, including the two-decade long Vietnam War. While artists like Charles White and Wadsworth Jarrell saw figuration as a way to advance political and social causes, others, such as Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Joan Mitchell, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and James Suzuki, embraced abstraction. Whether they made figurative or abstract art, these artists worked both in and against modern art at a time when positions of power and influence were predominantly occupied by white, straight, and Euro-American men.New materials developed during World War II (1939–45) also transformed art in these decades. For example, Philadelphia’s Rohm and Haas (now The Dow Chemical Company) applied lessons gleaned from one of its wartime acrylic products—Plexiglas—to develop acrylic paint. The invention of this highly saturated, quick drying, plastic-based paint, employed by Alma Thomas, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sam Gilliam, radically changed the way artists worked once it became commercially available in the 1950s. The use of translucent plastics by Fred Eversley, Larry Bell, and Louise Nevelson in addition to experiments with the shape and finish of metals by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Donald Judd, and John Chamberlain show just some of the ways artists exploited the creative potential of these new materials.Image credit: Alma Thomas, American, 1891–1978. Morning in the Bowl of Night, 1973. Acrylic on canvas. Purchased with the Hillyer-Mather-Tryon Fund, the Madeleine H. Russell, class of 1937, Fund, the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd, class of 1954, Acquisition Fund for American Art and the Dorothy C. Miller, class of 1925, Fund. Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

When: Aug 20, 2019 10am to Aug 20, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Museum entrance fees apply.

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About Northampton, MA
Northampton Massachusetts is a vibrant small city that feels like a small hometown with several distinctive village centers. Northampton is home to the prestigious Smith College and Smith College Museum of Art and downtown is vibrant from the presence and influence of young women and the professors that lead them in their academic journey.

Northampton is known as the #1 small arts town in America with a bustling downtown day and night offering a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops as well as antique stores. Here you will also find museums and theaters as well as clubs and street musicians.

It is located in western Massachusetts at the foot of the Berkshires. Northampton is only 93 miles west of Boston and north of Springfield.

The local events are someting not to miss including the Taste of Northampton featuring the best food of the area. The Summer Sidewalk Sales offers great products and savings along the sidewalks of downtown Northampton. The Three County Fairground hosts many events including a number of Horse shows and the famous Three County Fair.

Relax at Look Memorial Park or bike the Norwottuck Rail Trail and enjoy the scenic views of the Connecticut River. Northampton is a destination that will please everyone!