Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe
Sept 12 – The Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe, made up of 8 student musicians, will provide a musical program that highlights the talent and abilities of young people with disabilities. Their repertoire includes current pop favorites, Broadway hits, classics, original music and more. In addition to musical numbers, a few students will share their personal stories – what it was like growing up with a disability, how they’ve overcome challenges, and how music has played an important role in their lives. The program will be introduced by the Director of Music, Karen Carreira, who will share the story of how Berkshire Hills began and how the music-infused curriculum motivates students to learn independence skills and reach their vocation goals.
Presented by Karen Carreira, Director of Music & Music Vocation, Tom Slowick, Troupe Performance Manager, Dirk Litzner, Troupe Performance Manager
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.
September 19: The Art of Return: An Introduction: Isaac Witkin’s sculpture Everglades has graced Pynchon Park since 1977—at least until recently. The sculpture is in storage while the pocket park is renovated so that it can once again provide easy access from downtown to Chestnut Street and the Springfield Museums. Back when longtime Springfield resident and arts philanthropist Dr. Irving Meyer helped bring this abstract sculpture to the city through a National Endowment for the Arts—Art in Public Places grant, he probably did not realize the impact it would have on his family, setting Meyer’s son on the path to his vocation. James Meyer is now Curator of Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He is also the author of a new book called The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture (UChicago, 2019). Springfield-born Meyer will present an introduction to his book on September 19 at 12:15 pm at the popular Museums a la Carte lecture series.
September 26*: The Face of Abraham Lincoln: A Life in Photographs: Barry Deitz, Lecturer & storyteller. *Following this lecture, members are invited to Continuing Conversations with a docent-led gallery tour.
October 3: The War Bow: Weapons Technology and Prehistoric Native American Migrations: Joseph A.P. Wilson PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Fairfield University
SPECIAL FRIDAY LECTURE October 11 @ 12:15 pm–1:15 pm: Van Gogh: The Life
Artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Steven Naifeh traces the tortuous but wholly interesting life of artist Vincent van Gogh, and the ten-year odyssey that led to the publication of his best-selling book on the Dutch artist, Van Gogh: The Life.
October 17: The Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team—the most decorated unit in U.S. military history: Andrew Lam, M.D., author, Asst. Professor of Ophthalmology, UMass Medical School
October 24*: Tinseltown Inventor, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: Hedy Lamarr: History At Play™, Judith Kalaora, actor. *Following this lecture, members are invited to Continuing Conversations with a docent-led gallery tour.
October 31: Exhibition on Screen: Leonardo: The Works Film runs 104 minutes
November 7: Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: How a Small, Little-Known River Once Shaped the Landscape and History of The Connecticut River Valley: John Sinton, co-moderator of the Mill River Greenway Initiative and Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
November 14*: A Spectacularly Brief History of Photography: Sondra Peron, Assistant Professor of Art and Cultural Programming, and Gallery Coordinator of the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at Springfield Technical Community College. *Following this lecture, members are invited to Continuing Conversations with a docent-led gallery tour.
November 21: The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk: Nick Bellantoni, PhD, Emeritus CT State Archaeologist
November 28: NO LECTURE – Thanksgiving
December 5: Anne Sullivan Teaches Helen Keller—and Us: Ted Zalewski, special educator, historian and author
December 12*: Art & Mind (documentary film): A journey into art, madness and the unconscious, this film is an exploration of visionary artists and the creative impulse, from the Flemish Masters of the Renaissance to the avant-garde movement of Surrealism and the unsung geniuses of Art Brut and Outsider Art. 70 minutes. *Following this lecture, members are invited to Continuing Conversations with a docent-led gallery tour.
December 19: Holiday Revelry (musical performance): Three of Cups
December 26: No lecture.