An Overview of Jazz Piano from Ragtime to Hip Hop Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
This presentation will observe the development of the piano throughout jazz history. Beginning with ragtime and blues music, we will explore how features from those styles were incorporated by Jelly Roll Morton into New Orleans and traditional jazz. We will listen to the kings of stride, including James P. Johnson and Fats Waller and will highlight the impact on Art Tatum, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. We’ll observe the influences of boogie-woogie and delight in the piano’s role in bebop, hard-bop and cool jazz. This talk will conclude with a look at pioneers of modern jazz piano, and players making the scene today.
Ansel Adams: The Man and His Photography Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Bennington Museum Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Ansel Easton Adams (b. 1902 in San Francisco) was quite literally the most influential and beloved photographic artist and conservationist of the 20th century, becoming a national institution. Even to those who are not familiar with Ansel, his magnificent black and white photographs inspire us, and his work elevated photography to a true art form. He once said, “It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium." And masterpieces they remain today.
Mozart: Child Prodigy Makes Good Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Most of us know the story of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who astonished the crowned heads of Europe as he and his sister Nannerl played duets, improvised and created music on the spot from a prompt given them by their father or someone else. Once the young child grew out of prodigy status, his genius never waned. By the time of his death at age 35, he had composed over 600 symphonies, concertos, operas and choral works--despite ongoing financial worries. Come experience samples of Mozart’s work to realize how remarkable (and wonderful!) it is. Prepare to be exhilarated and moved by the power of Mozart’s creativity.