Sweet vocals and virtuosic fiddling coupled with driving rhythm and snappy guitar solos thrill audiences, in a repertoire that spans continents. Unger, declared a “guitar genius” by Sing Out Magazine, combines his talents with those of MacAdam-Somer, an exciting and versatile young violinist. Her classical and jazz background merges with Unger’s driving style to push the envelope toward swing, blues, and Gypsy modes.
Eden MacAdam-Somer has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, and bluegrass, dawg, and American folk groups. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the Beijing International Music Festival, and various jazz festivals, as well as on numerous folk, rock, jazz, and classical recordings.
Larry Unger has presented his diverse range across the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. His original waltzes and fiddle tunes have been played and recorded by musicians around the world and can be heard in the Ken Burns documentary, Our National Parks.
BCJO Director Greg Hopkins, professor of jazz composition and a jazz trumpeter with Buddy Rich and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, will lead the ensemble. In addition to playing pieces by jazz masters including Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, and McCoy Tyner, the group will perform a brand new repertoire of original student compositions that bend the jazz canon and use the many colors of a big band in innovative ways.
Prior to the concert, Hopkins and the BCJO will participate in a workshop with the Groton School Jazz Ensemble, Soul Sauce, under the direction of Kenji Kikuchi. The group is known as one that melds rich musical talent from around the world, fusing international and regional musical styles.
These trailers of Emerson College student work were provided by the school.
The 13th annual Emerson Film Festival in Los Angeles this evening will showcase The King of the House by Paul Michael MacCarty, a Groton School graduate. His film shares the story of a barbershop owner and the importance of family values at home and in the workplace.
The Festival highlights the best of Emerson College student film and video work. This year’s selected films cover international subjects (a girl’s school in Africa) and local themes too (a barbershop in Boston’s North End). Two of this year’s films were graduate student projects and three of the films were directed by emerging female directors.
The films explore experimental and narrative genres, and share a common underlying theme of hope, according to a press release from the college. In addition to The King of the House, student films in the festival include Graceland Girls by Jordan Salvatoriello, MFA ’12, highlights the power of education to bring about positive change for girls living in poverty; Love or Farewell by Shaun Clarke, MFA ’12, is a collection of five dance films that explore the potential to transform dance performance through cinema; in Solutionism: A Design Documentary by Hsiao-Yen Jones ’14, Artivist Designer Matt LeGrand examines the possibilities that design brings to both the visual and real world; and in Got You by Bianca Morris ’12, Lexi, an eight-year-old only child, discovers her mother’s thoughts of suicide. The bond between mother and daughter helps them face adversity.
At the start of the program, special guest filmmaker James McTeigue (The Matrix, The Raven, V for Vendetta) will participate in a Q&A moderated by Emerson alumnus Aaron Ryder, president of FilmNation Entertainment. Also at the event, TV host and Emerson alumna Maria Menounos will present the Take Action Hollywood! Award, which she co-founded. The award is given to a student whose film most powerfully explores a current social issue.
It’s vacation week in Groton! With the kids out of school for a week! What’s going on that they — and you — would like? Here’s a sampling of events taking place this week in and around Groton:
Drum Away The Blues At The Groton Public Library
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Drum Away The Blues!
Feb 19, 10:30-11:30 a,m.
Groton Public Library
Bring the whole family to Drum Away the Blues with music educator and percussionist, Craig Harris. From preschoolers to senior citizens, all ages can participate in this fun program which involves using hand drums, percussion instruments, and vocal imagery, Harris gets the audience drumming! Stress relief is just a drum-beat away!
Made possible by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. Sign-up online. www.gpl.org
NRWA Winter Explorations
Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton.
|We’ll build snow forts, look for signs of animals, try some outdoor science experiments, and have fun investigating nature’s surprises. Environmental Scientist Mary Marro will help children learn that there is a lot to see in the winter! Pre-registration is required. Sign up for one or two days. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or [email protected].||The fee is $45/day for NRWA members or $55/day for non-members.|
Send Your Kids to Mexico
Tuesday February 19th, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Actually, we’ll stay in Groton and learn all about the food and cultures of Mexico. We will decorate and bring home an Aztec inspired terra cotta bowl – perfect for using with our Mexican inspired meal! We will be making a take home chicken and cheese chimichanga family meal! These are baked and are incredibly delicious. (Don’t tell any of the kids, but they are also very healthy.) Time permitting, we will also be adventurous and try our hand at cinnamon and sugar Mexican churros – oh yummmmm…..
Located in Groton, perfect for ages mature 6 and up Kristen McEvoy has been teaching theme based children’s classes incorporating pottery, herbs, art, the environment and cooking since 1997 in Groton (978) 448-0357 [email protected]
Lunch with Animal Adventures for Seniors and Kids
Wednesday, February 20th at noon
Groton Senior Center
February’s Women’s Club Luncheon falls in the middle of school vacation week, and for many seniors this is an opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Women’s Club will be treating us to sausage and spinach pasta casserole served with wedge salad, garlic bread, and lemon chiffon pie for dessert along with a special kid-friendly meal for those little guests.
Then, the afternoon’s entertainment will be a delight for both you and the kids! Animal Adventures, a traveling rescue zoo with an array of exotic animals. Children and seniors will learn about these animals and have the opportunity to touch some as well.
Sign-up by calling (978) 448-1170 or e-mail Bethany Loveless at [email protected] .
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Treasures from the Commonwealth’s Attic Groton
The de Menil Gallery is at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, Groton, and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.
|Groton School’s de Menil Gallery presents “The Commonwealth’s Attic: Curious Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society” through March 4, 2013. The understanding about what objects are truly museum-worthy has changed over time. Thus, objects once viewed as great treasures have been relegated to the basement and are now rarely displayed. The winter exhibition at the de Menil Gallery contains more than 50 of those treasures, from the Society’s collections. The items are as varied as birds shot by Theodore Roosevelt on vacation in the Adirondacks, tea supposedly from the shore of Dorchester Neck after the Boston Tea Party, an elmwood burl bowl removed from King Philip’s (Metacom’s) tent after he was slain in 1676, a cane made from a charred timber of the White House after it was burned by the British in the War of 1812, and bullets fired in the Boston Massacre.||Free|
Students in Groton’s three pre-college schools won numerous awards in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the largest “creative” competition for students in the U.S. The 2012-13 season is the 90th Anniversary of the competition.
Although the individual artists who have won Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention, and their schools have been notified of the honor, the complete list of area students will not be available until it is printed in The Boston Globe, regional coordinator of the contest, on March 3. Some winners were announced last week.
Gold Key winners compete in the national judging which is going on now. Groton-Dunstable Regional High School’s Chris Huber was awarded a Gold Key for “Needles and Drain,” a photograph. Groton School student Chu Pei-Yun was awarded a Gold Key for “Lacrosse Heron,” a sculpture.
Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Winners
Lawrence Academy Winners
Lawrence Academy had five student photos by three artists singled out in this year’s regional competition:
A list of Groton School winners was not available at deadline, other than Chu Pei-Yun Gold Key for “Lacrosse Heron,” a sculpture.
In her program, Lieurance will champion the compositional tour-de-force “Rhapsodies” by [ http://ccurtis-smith.com ]C. Curtis-Smith — the first piece ever written for bowed piano — along with the jazzy dodecaphonic “Sonata” by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, bringing pianistic virtuosity of an entirely new kind to the concert hall. Piano bows are made of monofilament fishing line and allow the pianist to stroke rather than hit the strings, creating fresh new sounds.
The Metroland of New York wrote that Ms. Lieurance “wowed audiences” and the Maine Sunday Telegram noted that her audience was on its feet at concert’s end. Known for her innovative performances and her daring programming, Ms. Lieurance has brought new music to concerts halls around North America and Europe. Recently she performed solo piano and chamber works of~Meinrad Schütter in Switzerland, in a festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Schütter’s birth. She was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Canada and a guest artist for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, introducing Michigan schoolchildren to avant-garde music.
“Groton’s enduring mission is to be an intimate and diverse community dedicated to inspiring lives of character, learning, leadership, and service. To be true to that mission,” said Board of Trustees President James H. Higgins, “the Headmaster must embody a unique fusion not only of managerial talents but also of the School’s values and aspirations. Temba Maqubela is such a person.”
Both Mr. Maqubela and his wife, Vuyelwa Maqubela, are lifelong educators and inspirational visionaries. Mr. Maqubela currently is Assistant Head for Academics and Dean of Faculty at Phillips Academy, Andover, where he began as a science teacher in 1987.
“It is with great humility that I accept the awesome responsibility of being the eighth Headmaster of Groton School. I look forward to getting to know everyone on the Circle, as well as to meeting the extended Groton family,” Mr. Maqubela said. “I thank all those who paved the way for me to take up such a position of prominence in one of the great beacons of light in our adopted country. Vuyelwa and I are excited to be joining as inclusive, nurturing, and erudite a community as Groton School.”
Over 25 years at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mr. Maqubela has chaired the Chemistry Department and directed (MS)2, a summer program that strengthens math and science skills among economically disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American public high school students. He launched the ACE Scholars Program, which tackles the preparation gap among gifted students, and took the lead on Andover’s Global Perspectives Group, which focuses on global education for students and faculty. Early in his career, Mr. Maqubela taught high school in Botswana and in Queens, New York.
Mrs. Maqubela teaches English, coaches track, and has headed a dormitory for 25 years at Phillips Academy, Andover. Like Mr. Maqubela, she has spearheaded diversity initiatives and championed increased access to educational opportunity. The Maqubelas’ three children graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover in 2003, 2006, and 2011.
Mr. Maqubela received a master’s in chemistry and did doctoral work at the University of Kentucky; he received a bachelor’s of science with honors from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Though he is a fourth generation educator, Mr. Maqubela does not hold a high school diploma because he went into exile from apartheid-era South Africa, his native country, before graduating. A dedicated teacher and scientist, Mr. Maqubela received a White House Distinguished Teacher Award in 1993 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society in 2002.
In addition to teaching at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mrs. Maqubela has directed the Independent School South Africa Education Program; launched, with her husband and other colleagues, a summer program, the African Studies Institute; and co-directed the Andover Breadloaf Writing Workshop. She was diversity director at Pingree School, a fifth grade teacher at the Pike School, and an English teacher at a high school in Soweto, South Africa. Mrs. Maqubela received a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, a bachelor’s degree from University of Fort Hare in South Africa, and did post-graduate work at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Mr. Maqubela will take over as Groton’s Headmaster on July 1, 2013. He is succeeding Richard B. Commons, who will become president of Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.
Groton School is a diverse and intimate community devoted to inspiring lives of character, learning, leadership, and service. Groton School is recognized as one of America’s top boarding schools. It prepares students in grades 8-12 for the “active work of life.”
Artist Rosamond Purcell will discuss her exhibit, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Reflections from Shakespeare,” in the de Menil Gallery at Groton School on October 23 at 7:15 p.m. The exhibit, featuring abstract images inspired by passages from Shakespeare, is on display in the de Menil until November 18. Purcell produced the images by photographing reflections in antique mercury-glass bottles.
The artist photographed zoological specimens in glass jars of formaldehyde for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, after which she created a show of bizarre and decaying objects for the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. During one of her foraging expeditions through antique stores and rummage sales, she spotted some vintage mercury-glass jars. Photographs of scenes reflected in the bottles’ mirrored, rough-textured surfaces produced surreal images. When the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library asked her to collaborate on a book about Shakespeare, these shadowy reflections seemed fitting to Shakespeare’s allusive language. Purcell’s photographs, once printed on soft-textured paper, can be enjoyed either as abstract compositions or as a more literal response to the Shakespearean texts that accompany each print.