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Architecture Moriendi: Designs for the Art of Dying Well

Presented by Christy Haig, B. Arch., M. Arch.

About the Lecture
Recent graduate Christy Haig, (Bachelor of Science in Architecture 2023, magna cum laude, Master’s in Architecture 2024, with distinction) will share her research and project showing that architecture holds the power to transform the end-of-life journey. Hospital care often translates to a solitary and sterile experience, both for the terminally ill and for their loved ones, while domestic environments can fall short of the increasing and intricate needs of palliative care. Drawing inspiration for design from phenomenology, spirituality, and nature, this lecture proposes a small-scale hospice in Cape Cod as a “third place” to die; an intimate residential facility that allows a person to prepare for death within a supportive community presence. The design departs from the perspective of the terminally ill, to consider ways in which architecture can address the gradual diminishing of the dying person’s world, prioritizing their emotional, spiritual, and social welfare through sensorial and community- conscious gestures.

A method of iterative physical models and photography of miniatures produces a sequence of cinematic moments. These images tell a story from the experience of a dying person, with particular attention to sensory perception and human scale. Design ideas focused on light, shadow, movement, and perspective can be tested in real space, time, and material.
Part of Christy’s research was a study of dying in the Western world which included the medieval text Ars Moriendi, written by a Dominican friar in the 14th century.

About Christy Haig
Christy Haig, B.Arch, M.Arch, is a recent graduate from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, who has been a part of Arts Empowering Life since it began in 1988, singing with the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores for over 25 years. She also has experience in the healthcare industry, caring for seniors as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Returning to the academic world in her sixties, Christy pursued a new interest in architecture, specifically in the area of phenomenology and sensory experiences. Graduating this spring with a Master’s degree (with distinction) she was given the Design Excellence award for her studio.

Saturday, June 1 — 7:30 PM

The Music of Armenia in Recital with the Boston NOR Trio

About the Lecture Recital
NOR Trio, which is New Trio in Armenian, is based on a traditional piano trio with a violin, a cello and a piano. In this unique trio, the cello is replaced by a saxophone. Experience the depth and beauty of this rich musical tradition—color, rhythm, melody, nuance brought to life!

The program will include:
Suite for Trio, Alexander Arutunian
Adagio from the ballet Spartacus, Aram Khachaturian
Trio pathétique, Mihail Glinka
Preghiera (arr. from Piano Concerto No.2), Sergei Rachmaninov
Nocturne, Arno Babajanian

Arrangements by S. Aslamazian—
     Passacaglia, Handel
     Gavotte from the Classical Symphony, Prokofiev
     The Red Shawl, Komitas
     Festive Song, Komitas

About the NOR Trio
NOR Trio was formed by a fortuitous coming together of three instrumentalists. Nor Trio, which is New Trio in Armenian, is based on a traditional piano trio with a violin, a cello and a piano. In this unique trio, the cello is replaced by a saxophone. After originally playing a French composition written for violin, piano, and saxophone, the three musicians noticed that the tone quality of an alto saxophone brought a new perspective to the traditional ensemble. From then on, Nor Trio continued to adapt compositions written for traditional piano trios. An alto saxophone’s range is far shorter than a cello’s, therefore some string techniques cannot be transposed to a wind instrument. NOR Trio produces music that is distinctive, while still retaining the traditional aspects of a piano trio. The Trio is composed of Andrei Sobchenko, alto saxophone, Sargis Karapetyan, violin and Nunè Hakobyan, piano. Their particular focus is on Armenian and Russian music.

Saturday, June 15 — 7:30 PM

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

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The Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich: A Powerful Story of Hope In Tempestuous Times

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95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time – Part III

Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Music for Everyone: Improvisation for Young and Old

Presented by Christopher Azzara, PhD

Low Brass Master Class & Trombone Recital: Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins

Presented by Mark Kellogg

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time – Part II

Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Listening to Music: What the MUSIC you LOVE says about YOU

Presented by Susan Rogers

95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time – Part I

Presented by Dr. Samuel Adler

Decoding the Ancestor of the Modern-Day Trombone

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