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An Evening of Sonic Exploration: The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice

Presented by Maria Finkelmeier

About the Lecture
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist who will perform a 40 minute set of her own music featuring marimba, electronics and voice off of her upcoming album. Find out about her compositional practice when fusing acoustic sounds with electronic capabilities, and stories behind each work. Don’t miss this show, augmented with digital art projected in the hall, generated from Finkelmeeier’s movement as she performs. Experience this vibrant and energetic immersive experience, encouraging questions, joy and new possibilities.

About Maria Finkelmeier
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist. Whether it’s scoring conceptual art films or serving as director, composer, and performer in multi-sensory performances and installations, her work continually transcends both genre and medium.

Empowered by sonic exploration, she’s transformed Fenway Park into a percussive playground, turned the Roebling bridge into a MIDI instrument, illuminated an an outdoor amphitheater as pandemic relief, used AI to investigate gender bias, flipped a bus into mobile electronic bucket drumming program, and performed at iconic global venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Her cutting-edge work has been featured in the Boston Globe, National Parks Magazine, Boston Magazine, Vulture, SunSentinel, and on WGBH, WBUR, CBS, and I Care if you Listen.

Merging meticulous performance practice and production knowledge with intentions that are narrative driven and socially responsive, Maria has been commissioned by national organizations, municipalities, and festivals including the National Parks Service, Esplanade Association, Harvard Ed Portal, IGNITE Broward, TEDx Cambridge, BLINK Cincinnati, London’s i = u festival, ILLUMINUS, and the Boston Center for the Arts. Her care and dedication to her practice has been supported and acknowledged by the Boston Foundation, CODAWorx, Boston Design Week, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Brother Thomas Fellowship.

An experienced entrepreneur, Maria has founded and directed numerous ventures, including her experimental studio MF Dynamics, Kadence Arts, Make Music Boston, Quartet Kalos, Masary Studios, and Ensemble Evolution. Dedicated to shaping the next generation of creators and arts administrators, she is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music specializing in Creative Entrepreneurship. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist-in-residence. Maria received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. Maria is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Saturday, June 29 — 7:30 PM

Celebrate Percussion! Hands On Drum & Keyboard Workshop and Concert

Presented by Ian Hale

Morning Workshop for All Ages!
Evening Lecture/Concert
Performing Arts Center
95 Southern Eagle Cartway, Brewster, MA

About the Lecture
Join us for a vibrant percussion workshop and concert, where rhythm takes center stage and drumming knows no age limits! Everyone’s invited to Celebrate Percussion, a dynamic event guaranteed to make your heart pound and your feet tap. Get ready to explore the world of beats, grooves, and endless possibilities!

About Ian Hale
Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro, and DCI Hall of Fame member and Professor Emeritus at UMass, Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and is currently the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band. He was the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011 and has served as Percussion Director for Spirit Winter Percussion from Orleans, Massachusetts since 2012.

Ian has worked with many national and international ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion where he has served as front ensemble arranger since 2017, Boston University, the Brazilian Vanguard, and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps where he has served since 2017.

Ian is endorsed by Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth Inc., Zildjian Corporation, and Remo Inc.

Saturday, July 27
Workshop — 10 AM – 12 PM
Concert — 7:30 PM

Encore, Encore: Giving Voice to People Living with Dementia

Presented by Michael Anderson PhD

About the Lecture
Nearly 7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. About one in nine people age 65 and older currently live with the disease; after age 85, one in three will have Alzheimer’s. And there are no FDA- approved treatments to prevent or cure it. Numerous studies have shown that interventions through music are effective as a potential non-pharmacological therapy for people with dementia. Choral singing is the most popular artistic activity among Americans, with one in six adults singing in one or more choruses. Michael Alan Anderson is the founder and program director of the ENCORE Chorus, an intergenerational chorus from Rochester, New York serving people living with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. The chorus is modeled on the Giving Voice Initiative, which fosters the creation and operation of independent choruses that bring joy, well-being, purpose, and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their care partners. This talk reviews the power of the musical arts for this vulnerable population, unveils the Giving Voice template for organizing choruses of this type, and describes enhancements to the choral experience taken in ENCORE.

About Michael Alan Anderson
Michael Alan Anderson, Professor of Musicology at Eastman School of Music, specializes in a wide range of issues related to sacred music from the fourteenth through the sixteenth century, with emphasis on lay devotion and saints. He is the author of Music and Performance in the Book of Hours (Routledge Press, 2022) and St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Anderson’s articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, and he is a two-time winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for outstanding writing about music, for articles published in Early Music History (2011) and in the Journal of the American Musicological Society (2013).

Since 2008, Anderson has served as artistic director of Schola Antiqua, a Chicago-based professional early music ensemble. Specializing in the performance of medieval plainchant and Renaissance polyphony, the group currently serves as artists in residence at the Lumen Christi Institute in Chicago. Anderson’s work with Schola Antiqua has been defined by invitations to collaborate with art exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and other museums including the Morgan Library & Museum, The Newberry Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, and locally in Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery.

As managing editor of the Eastman Case Studies series, Anderson wrote more than 20 case studies and supervised the publication of 10 volumes of essays examining contemporary issues in the musical arts landscape around the world. The University of Rochester awarded him a Bridging Fellowship in 2019 for study in the Simon School of Business to enhance his work with the case studies series. A case study Anderson published involving The Phoenix Symphony’s participation in clinical research with Alzheimer’s patients has led to his involvement with Eastman Performing Arts Medicine and the Sound Health Working Group at the University of Rochester, two efforts exploring the collaborative potential of music within and outside health care environments. Through the Eastman Community Music School, Anderson helped to establish the ENCORE Chorus for persons living with dementia, their care partners, and an intergenerational team of volunteers. He now serves on the National Advisory Council of the Giving Voice Initiative and has become a member of the University of Rochester Aging Institute.

Saturday, September 21 — 3:30 PM

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time: Building Bridges through Music

A Four-Part Lecture presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

September 28—Part 4 (Music Concepts & Philosophy…For Future Musicians)
Part 1 (from January, 2024) can be viewed HERE
Part 2 (from March, 2024) can be viewed HERE
Part 3 (from April, 2024) can be viewed HERE

About the Lecture
Dr. Samuel Adler is one of the greatest living composers and conductors of our time. A legendary risk-taker with over 400 published works – he taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. His recent album, sung by world-renowned Gloriae Dei Cantores won The American Prize, and he has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.”
He presents “95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time” and shares his amazing life experiences and brilliant musicianship at the Premiere Season of the NEW Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series. At age ten Samuel Adler narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass.” At age ninety-five, he continues to compose and speak, sharing his prolific musical gifts.

About Dr. Samuel Adler
The risk-taking composer of 400 published works taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide. Having studied with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Randall Thompson, and more, he knows just about everyone on the twentieth-century American music scene and has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.” He believes that one should compose in the “energy of his time” and he is without doubt one of the greatest living composers and conductors.

Saturday, September 28 — 3:30 PM

A Journey of Hope Through Faith and Art

Presented by Delro Rosco

About the Lecture
In this session, the artist will share how an art practice evolved from deeply personal reflections on life, growing faith, and looking for hope through beauty in the natural world. Learn how the interaction between God-led faith and a free and expressive painting approach produces captivating works of art that inspires, informs and encourages us in our own journey. This will be an in-depth look into the motivating forces for several art series. New Mornings is a series inspired by Biblical scripture and the search for hope amidst personal brokenness. This hope was revealed through catching sunrises at the beach near the artist’s home. The all-encompassing series paved the way for others such as Light of Hope, Pohakalani and Rising Light.

About Delro Rosco
Delro Rosco is an American artist who was born, lives, and works in Hawaiʻi. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University he has been an illustrator for over thirty years specializing in art for food labels for international clients. As a contemporary painter, Delro is inspired by walks on the beach near his home and guided by truths from Biblical scripture, memories of places, and everyday life experiences. His ethereal abstract paintings transcend what is seen, and through deeply layered impressions of light and the ebbs and flows of sea and sky, reach for the “substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Delro’s use of extravagant pulverized mineral pigments such as azurite, malachite, turquoise, coral, precious metals including silver and gold, and hand-ground sand and oyster shells; resonate with his great affection for his natural surroundings. He believes that abstraction allows space to grapple with connecting his faith with the search for hope in life. While applying one layer per day makes room for contemplation and reflection. In his overarching series New Mornings and subseries (2018 to present), Delro has created over 800 works that speak of this hope and have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Saturday, October 19 — 3:30 PM

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