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By Marian Fuchs
Two photogenic new musicians have come to our campus this month. Sandy Short (of the Marketing Office) sponsored a meet-and-greet for the two young women on September 12. In the pictures, wearing a black top is Melissa, who plays the clarinet. Ria, who plays piano, is in a white top. Their first concert will be on September 24th!
There is some fascinating new art work hanging in the corridor outside the Auditorium. The works are by resident Dave Montgomery, and many residents will likely enjoy the subjects and their colors and presentation. Here’s what Dave says about his work:
I have hung a show of photo abstraction in the auditorium corridor.
For many years I have been interested in the artistic line between abstraction and reality. How much is necessary within an abstraction to allow a viewer to identify some reality? And is the identification necessary? In other words, why worry about reality if the strength of the picture is its composition or ordering or color or any other criterion applied to an abstraction?
Back to basics, what determines the success of an abstraction if (in the usual case) there is no attempt to connect with reality? My conversations with abstract artists plus attempts at academic analysis lead me to suggest that a significant approach to an abstraction is to view it as a whole. Do not, according to this approach, overly analyze interrelationships nor positions within the picture; just look with open eyes at the whole picture.
However, when I introduce the possibility of a connection with reality, additional options add to the mix in analysis and appreciation. With any positive chance in viewing the result, the observer is able to see the original reality and how that is displayed. The depiction is in itself an artistic endeavor giving more options. I propose that reality within abstraction adds to the possibility for appreciation.
If you visit the third-floor meting room (next to apartment 351), you can see a similar effect with different execution. Look for the building front in Cairo, Illinois.
Other styles and directions are on my website .
contributed by Marian Fuchs
In the first two weeks of August 2018, Collington residents were treated to all kinds of great entertainment.
On one afternoon and two evenings we were treated to a evening of total pleasure: Summer’s Lease: Songs, Sonnets and Scenes from the Bard, put on by a cast of dozens from the Drama Committee. Below are Musical Director, Marilyn Haskel, and Director Tim Sabin, in front of the charming set built by Grant Bagley and Don Collins.
For the production program, including the words of the songs and sonnets, and a background piece by Tim Sabin, click here.
The following week, Glen Johnson introduced the community to one of his former students, Chip Reid, a national correspondent for CBS News, speaking on From Obama to Trump: How Life has Changed for Political Reporters. This telegenic and fluent speaker charmed his packed audience, and aroused a series of interesting questions that kept us for much longer than expected.
There were two excellent and very different concerts. In the Sunday afternoon series, the audience enjoyed listening to the Transatlantic Duo of Alexander Paperney (balalaika) and Vladimir Friedman (guitar and vocals). Their music varied from Mozart and Bizet to Russian folk music, with tango music from Brazil in between.
Sponsored by our two departing summer interns, there was a concert in the short Beethoven series given by some highly talented young musicians from U Maryland. It was given to a packed house on a Friday afternoon.
Above are Molly Jones, Cello, Andrew Welch, Piano, and guest player, Lewis Gilmore on Clarinet. The three together played a Brahms trio; Molly and Andrew together gave us some delightful variations by Beethoven on a tune written by Handel, and finally a Sonata for cello and piano by the same composer.
The young woman in black on the right was introduced only as “Ria”, and is one of the two replacement music interns Collington will be hosting from September.
Residents who braved to off-and-on-again rain one Saturday got to enjoy the Doxoe jazz music of the Kollington Kats, while sipping cocktails in the courtyard or Clocktower. Below a picture of some of the Kats swinging at an earlier gig.
Below you the see the full cast of the recent “Summer’s Lease” presentation of “Songs, Sonnets and Scenes” from Shakespeare from the Drama Group. (Photo by George Newman.)
They all look happy, as well they should.
The hard work, enthusiasm, and simple joy shone through all the performances. They had a lot of fun
It would be unfair to focus on any particular performers. Rather it should be noted that Director Tim Sabin’s work on intent and discernment showed through all the way.
Here is Jacob’s impressive “know your neighbor” talk from last Tuesday night.
Enjoy. Hopefully it will stimulate others to share their stories.