Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Wednesday, September 30 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Hilary Jacqmin

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Hilary Jacqmin on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

 

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Hilary S. Jacqmin is the author of Missing Persons, which was named one of The Beat‘s top Baltimore books of 2017. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University, her MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and her MFA from the University of Florida. She lives in Baltimore, where she is a production editor and catalog coordinator at Johns Hopkins University Press. Her work has appeared in 32 Poems, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, Best New Poets, DIAGRAM, FIELD, and elsewhere.


Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm

Tech Help

Need some help with technology? Bring your questions, phones, tablets, and computers to the Library via Zoom. Every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, get your tech questions answered. First come, first served. All participants will remain in the waiting room until an available technician admits you into the Zoom meeting.

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Thursday, October 1 at 12:00 pm

Virtual Cookbook Club

We invite all home chefs and budding culinarians to join us for a virtual cookbook club meeting! This month’s featured book will be INDIAN-ish by Priya Krishna.
Here’s how it will work:
  • Each of us will prepare a recipe from this month’s cookbook. Reserve your copy using your library card or contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • We will have a virtual meeting to discuss and show the dishes we prepared, similar to (but different than) a typical Cookbook Club meeting.
  • From our own kitchens, we can share a meal while providing very thorough social distancing.
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Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 pm

Birds of Prey and a Few Known Associates

Discover the fascinating and intense world of our local birds of prey including hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, and more!
This presentation, given by Zach Adams from the Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, is made possible in part through the generous support of the Stockbridge Cultural Council.
About Zach Adams: Zach is a life-long naturalist who has studied throughout the Appalachian Mountains. He is a passionate birder, mammal tracker, mushroom collector, and nature poetry reader. Zach is a fulltime Teacher Naturalist for Mass Audubon in the Berkshires.

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Adults and Families welcome.

 


Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Steve Ratner

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Steve Ratner on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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As a poet and educator, Steven Ratiner’s long-standing commitment has been to expand the ways audiences experience poetry and the arts. He is the founding director of 2000 bridges, an artists’ collaborative which created “Big Night in the Book House,” the multi-disciplinary millennium celebration offered as part of First Night Boston 2000.  The two-day event transformed the Boston Public Library into the ‘People’s Palace of the Word’ with a program of performances, readings, installations, light sculptures, and participatory events focusing on the confluence of languages through which artists speak their visions into being: poetry, dance, music, videography, and visual art. As the literary coordinator of the, all souls project, he created a series of free writing workshops and readings in response to the 9/11 tragedy, in partnership with the Boston Public Library and PEN-New England. He has worked with a variety of artists on multi-disciplinary projects, including poetry/dance pieces with White Wave, the Young Soon Kim Dance Company of New York City; Boston’s Dance Collective; and the Ballet Dance Theater of Boston.  He has also created multi-media performances with jazz artist Stan Strickland and poetry/sculpture installations with Marty Cain.  In 2019, he was appointed as the Poet Laureate for Arlington, Massachusetts.  Responding to the COVID crisis and broad social unrest, his red letter poems project sends a weekly poem from diverse Massachusetts poets out to tens of thousands of readers.

Ratiner is the author of three poetry chapbooks, most recently Button, Button, a collaboration with artist Marty Cain. His work has appeared in dozens of journals in America and abroad including Parnassus, Agni, Blackbird, Hanging Loose, Poet Lore, Salamander, QRLS (Singapore), HaMusach (Israel), and Poetry Australia. He’s written poetry criticism for The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and The San Francisco Chronicle.  Giving Their Word – Conversations with Contemporary Poets was re-issued in a paperback edition (University of Massachusetts Press) and features interviews with many of poetry’s most vital talents including Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Charles Simic, Bei Dao, Maxine Kumin, and the last full-length interview with Bill Stafford before his death.

Since 1980, he has taught over 300 intensive poetry residencies in schools throughout New England as part of the Massachusetts Artists-in-Residence Program.  He has recently become the on-air poet-in-residence for Words That Cook, a nationally-syndicated public access program, created by The Reading Railroad, which focuses on children’s literacy.  For several years, he was on the adjunct faculty of Wheelock and Lesley College’s Graduate Program and has given lectures on poetry and workshop techniques in many schools around New England including Boston University, Tufts University, Lesley University, Boston College and Long Island University — and for such organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Programs, The New England Schools Development Council and the New England Library Association.

One of his special focuses is the poetry and cultural heritage of East Asia and he has taught numerous workshops for Primary Source’s China seminars and Bryant University’s U.S.-China Institute.  In the textbook, The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China: Primary Source Lessons for Teachers and Students (Cheng & Tsui), Mr. Ratiner authored the chapter on Chinese poetry. He was awarded one of the inaugural fellowships from The  Massachusetts Cultural Council to encourage artists to develop new curricula.  A Poet’s Retreat, the program he created, explores the parallel experiences of poets in ancient Chinese and contemporary American cultures.


Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 pm

Virtual Book Club

The Stockbridge Library invites you to join us for our monthly book club on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.  This month’s selection will be One Goal by Amy Bass.  The author will be attending.

Please call the library to reserve your copy.

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The book club generally meets on the second Thursday of the month.  We will be holding the book club virtually through Zoom.  Bring a friend!  New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!


Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Owen Lewis

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Owen Lewis on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Owen Lewis, is the author of three collections of poetry mostly recently Field Light (2020, Dos Madres Press) Marriage Map (2017, Dos Madres Press), and Sometimes Full of Daylight (Dos Madres Press, 2013) and two chapbooks. He is the recipient of the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and best man (Dos Madres Press, 2015) recipient of the 2016 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize of the New England Poetry Club. He was also a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award of The Nimrod International Journal in 2017. Other awards from The Mississippi Review, Connecticut River Review, and the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society (UK). He is a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia University where he teaches Narrative Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

website:    www.owenlewispoet.com

Books:

Field Light, 2020

Marriage Map, 2017

best man, 2015

Sometimes Full of Daylight, 2013

New Pictures at an Exhibition (with composer Seymour Bernstein,

          multi-media work) 1978


Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Jessica Fisher

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Jessica Fisher on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Jessica Fisher is the author of Frail-Craft, which won the 2006 Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Inmost, which was awarded the 2011 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Bennington ReviewThe Colorado ReviewMcSweeney’s, The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewTin House, and TriQuarterly, and her translations have been published in The New York Review of Books and The Paris Review. She is co-editor, with Robert Hass, of The Addison Street Anthology. Her honors include the 2012 Rome Prize, a Holloway Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poetry, and a research grant from the Hellman Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and is currently an associate professor at Williams College.

Books are Frail-Craft (Yale UP, 2007) and Inmost (Nightboat, 2012). Do you want other pubs too? Happy to send those if you want them. 

Website is https://www.jessicafisher.org/


Wednesday, October 28 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Cherry Pickman

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Cherry Pickman on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Cherry Pickman is the author of Theory of Tides, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. Her work has appeared in 32 PoemsAmerican Poetry ReviewBennington Review, Boston ReviewDossierIndiana ReviewJai-Alai Magazine, and PEN, among others. A selection of her poems was included in Eight Miami Poets (2015), an anthology published by Jai-Alai Books. She has been shortlisted for the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the Snowbound Chapbook Award from Tupelo Press and the Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Most recently, her full-length collection Islanders was a semifinalist for the Alice James Award. In June 2017 she received a fellowship from AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades). Pickman is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program and lives and works in Miami.      

Her website is https://cherrypickman.com/    


Friday, October 30 at 5:00 pm

10th Annual Pumpkin Walk-About

Stay tuned for more details!


Wednesday, November 4 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Callie Garnett

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Callie Garnett on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Callie Garnett is the author of the chapbooks Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (Ugly Duckling Presse) and On Knowingness (The Song Cave). Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from, the Chicago Review, the PEN Poetry Series, the Poetry Foundation, No Tokens, and elsewhere. She works as an Editor for Bloomsbury Publishing. 


Wednesday, November 11 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Simone Kearney

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Simone Kearney on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Simone Kearney is a New York-based writer and artist. She is the author of Days (Belladonna Press, forthcoming 2020), My Ida (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and In Threes, a limited edition artist chapbook (Minute BOOKS, 2013). Other publications (past or forthcoming) include: The Brooklyn Rail, Boston Review, PEN Poetry Series, St. Ann’s Review, Lumina, Precog Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Post Road Magazine, and Maggy, among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Lighthouse Works, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild, and Ragdale. She was a 2014 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry and a 2010 recipient of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her work often involves collaboration and the translation of content across media. Two recent collaborative and interdisciplinary projects include a combination of text, still photography, and video, in “One Sings, The Other Doesn’t” (Precog Magazine, 2020), with the artist and writer Xiaofu Effy Wang; and “Desire Lines,” a performative translation of the philosopher Sara Ahmed’s work into movement and material, with the artist and scholar Sophie Seita, performed at Boston University in the spring of 2020. She has exhibited her artwork and/or given multidisciplinary performances in New York, Boston, Connecticut, Baltimore, Ohio, London, and Cork. Most recently, her work was on view at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in the Lower East Side. She is part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design and Rutgers University.

 Website: www.simonekearney.com


Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 pm

Historic Artist’s Homes & Studios Author Talk with Valerie Balint

Cover photo by Don Freeman, 2019 

Join The Stockbridge Library, in collaboration with Chesterwood, to an author talk featuring Valerie Balint.  Valerie A. Balint is the program manager of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, which is based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She is the former interim director of collections and research at Frederic Church’s Olana and a longtime advocate of preserved artists’ spaces and public art. 

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Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios 

“This highly anticipated guide presents an intriguing cross-section of creative spaces from New England to California, enticing us to travel—both virtually and physically—to the homes and studios that were carefully crafted reflections of the painters, sculptors, and designers who occupied them. With accessible text and handsome illustrations, Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios is a resource for all—from long-time preservationists to those experiencing the power and pleasure of artistic place for the first time.” 

— Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and President, Saint-Gaudens Memorial 

Art doesn’t happen by chance. Artists generate ideas, but they need space and time to develop these ideas. For visual artists, it all comes together in the studio, the place where that spark of inspiration catches fire. For most artists, the studio is more than one room set aside for work. It encompassed the whole environment where creativity is nurtured. This environment includes homes, gardens, and all the places where family and friends gather and interact. These homes and studios of artists were catalysts for creativity. 

Twenty years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, created the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) network. Today, HAHS comprises 44 preserved artists’ homes and studios throughout the country—all of them open to the public. 

From the desert vistas of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico ranch to Winslow Homer’s studio on the rocky, windswept coast of southern Maine, the homes and studios in the network are sites of extraordinary creativity. Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios (June 2020, $29.95 ) is the first guidebook to the network, conveying each artist’s visual legacy and setting each site in the context of its architecture and landscape, which often were designed by the artists themselves.– more – 

Through portraits, artwork, and site photos, discover the powerful influence of place on American greats such as Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Lee Krasner, and Donald Judd, as well as lesser-known but equally creative figures who made important contributions to cultural history—multimedia artist James Castle, photographer Alice Austen, and muralist Clementine Hunter among them. 

“Spread across the country, some of these sites tell stories of a single artist, some of artist-couples, some of artist colonies, and some of generations of artists who worked in the same space,” writes Wanda M. Corn, Chair, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios Advisory Committee, in her foreword. “The HAHS motto is ‘Witness Creativity,’ and creativity knows no bounds. Each and every one of these sites makes me thankful that these places are now being acknowledged, cared for, and interpreted as part of this country’s art history and heritage.” 

Organized by region Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios weaves the history of the sites’ architecture and landscape with the artists’ Atrium with Amor Caritas. Courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, biographies and their visual legacy. The guide features portraits of the artists, examples of their artwork, site descriptions, and photographs as well as visitor information and a site map. Cornish, N.H. 

Author Valerie Balint writes in her introduction, “Art is the result of both a physical and mental practice, but what is displayed in a museum represents only the results. Artists’ homes and studios help us imagine the form of this rigorous process by allowing us to see where art was actually made and exposing us to the same input as the artists: they reveal not only an artist’s process, but what in the environment inspired it.” 

Created with invaluable support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios is an invitation to discover the abundant riches these sites have to offer. 

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation and HAHS The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. Its purpose is to save the places that shape our American experience, honoring our individual and shared stories, and inspiring a more vibrant future. Established in 1999, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic 

Vance Kirkland’s studio workroom, where he sometimes suspended Preservation, is a coalition of museums throughout the country that were the homes and studios of American artists. The program aims to preserve himself above his paintings in straps the nation’s legacy of creativity in the visual arts and to inspire meaningful to accomplish large paintings. Photograph by Ron Ruscio, courtesy personal experiences at authentic creative places.  Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, Colo. 

HAHS is administered at Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust and the former summer home, studio, and gardens of sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Mass. For more information about the HAHS program, visit artistshomes.org

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A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Valerie A. Balint | Foreword by Wanda M. Corn Preface by Donna Hassler and Katherine Malone-France Edited by Alexandra T. Anderson 

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Wednesday, November 18 at 1:00 pm

Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring Steven Leyva

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives invites you to Online Poetry: Medicine for the Soul featuring poet Simone Kearney on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. This event will be hosted virtually through The Stockbridge Library Zoom account.

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Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges Review, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, and Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

PUBLICATIONS

Full Length Poetry Collections 

          The Understudy’s Handbook, Washington Writer’s Publishing House, Oct. 2020 (forthcoming)

Chapbooks

          Low Parish, Toad Sage Press, 2012

Poetry

Poems appearing in journals with a 1% – 5% acceptance rate of unsolicited submissions

          “Playing Proctor” “Gorgoneion: Ft Worth” and “Ear Hustle.” The Common. Fall 2020 (forthcoming)

          “How Our Sons Learned to Fight.” The Baltimore Review, Maryland Writers Special Issue. Nov. 2019.

          “When I Feel a Whoop Comin’ On.” Jubilat. April 2019. Print (Selected for Best American Poetry 2020)

           “Creolite II.” Nashville Review. April 2018. Web.

          “Supremacy” and “I know you’re never gonna wake up.” Vinyl. February 2018. Web.

          “Primer” and “Ulysses as a Negro-Bird.” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 90. Issue 3. Fall 2016. Print.

 

Other Poetry Publications

          “Immemorial.” Bidwell Hollow. Dec. 2019

          The Silver Screen Asks, ‘What’s Up Danger?’ After We Enter.” The Quarry: A Social Justice Database, Split This Rock. July 2019 

          “Primavera.” Baltimore Style, Vol 28. Issue 3. April 2017. Print.

          “Here is a Sea We Cannot Call Sea” and “Abuelito.” Scalawag (Latinx Special Issue). Sept. 2018.

           “Rutherford Selig Stops for Gossip in Green Country.” Scalawag, Vol. 1, Issue 9. Print 

          “Playing Levee.” Scalawag, Vol. 1, Issue 9. Web.

          “Fat.” Queen Mob’s Tea House. Queen Mob’s Tea House, 28 February 2017. Web.

          “Slab” No, Dear, Vol 1. Issue 18. Fall 2016. Print

          “Boy Talking Back to Houston.” Barrelhouse. 22 March 2016. Web. 

          “Ars Poetica with Zydeco,” “E. Dantes drinks with Freddie Gray,” “Inamorata,” and “Mobtown in Midsummer.” Fledgling Rag, Vol. 16. January 2016. Print. 

          “Headly Without the Rooster” and “Ethel Cooking Bechamel.” 2 Bridges Review, Vol. 5. Print. 

          “Ode to Rhonda.” Skelter, Vol 1. May 2015. Print

          “The Broken Jug.” BMA Blog. Baltimore Museum of Art, 23 February 2015. Web. 

          “On Living Mixed.” The Rumpus Weekly. The Rumpus, 16 March 2014. Web. 

          “Spilled Salt at the Feast of Stephen.” Seltzer. Seltzer Zine, 12 July 2013. Web. 

          “At the Table of Lady Bynum Walker.” The Fiddleback, October 2013 Web.

          “Rare in the East.” Cobalt, Vol. 1. August 2012. Print.

          “Prologue: Fells” and “Alms” The Light Ekphrastic, Issue 9. February 2012. Web.

Anthologized Work

          “When I Feel a Whoop Comin’ On.” Best American Poetry 2020, Paisley Reckdal ed. Scribner, Sept 2020. Print

Essays & Articles

Leyva, Steven. “The Poetics of Anime.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, 27 Sept. 2018, www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/the-poetics-of-anime.

–       “Sequential Imagination.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, 8 Nov. 2018, www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/sequential-imagination.

–      “The Best Sandbox Ever.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, 20 Dec. 2018, www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/the-best-sandbox-ever.

–      “Proscenium Arch.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, 7 Feb. 2019, www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/proscenium-arch.

–      “5 Nerdy Revisions Exercises” The Washington Independent Review of Books, 28 Mar. 2019, www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/5-nerdy-revision-exercises

          “Community Trifecta.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, May 2019

          “4 Reasons to Watch Pro Wrestling.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, July 2019

          “How to Write a Nerdy Poem.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, Aug. 2019

          “Into the Spider Verse.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, Oct. 2019

          “Inner Sanctum.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, Nov. 2019

          “A Toy Story.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, Jan. 2020

          “Graceful Gratitude.” The Washington Independent Review of Books, March 2020.

Leyva, Steven, et al. “Retrogamer: Old Romance and Comfort Foods” Cartridge Lit. 18 April 2017. Web 

Leyva, Steven. “The Small Fires: Reflections on the Baltimore Uprising” ROAR Magazine RSS. ROAR Magazine, 14 May 2015. Web

 

   


Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 pm

World Premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet”

Join us for a benefit concert to feature the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” this fall at the Linde Center at Tanglewood. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.

The concert also will include Bernstein’s rarely performed “Piano Trio” (for violin, cello and piano), “Elegies” for violin and viola by Bernstein’s close friend and colleague Aaron Copland, Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor K. 478, and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat, op. 44.
Bernstein wrote “Music for String Quartet” in 1936 at the age of 18. He asked an established quartet of young musicians in the Boston area to play through the piece, then gave the manuscript to the group’s first violinist Stanley Benson, who later served as a long-time violinist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Benson and his wife Clara, also a violinist, held onto the piece for more than 50 years, but it has never been performed publicly.
The Bernstein family’s publishing company, Amberson, has authorized this world premiere performance of the piece.
Bernstein’s “Music for String Quartet” will be performed by a stellar ensemble of musicians: Malcolm Lowe, violinist and recently retired concertmaster of the BSO; Natalie Rose Kress, a Washington, D.C.-based violinist currently studying at The Juilliard School; violist Daniel Kim, who holds the Lois and Harlan Anderson chair at the BSO; Ronald Feldman, retired BSO cellist who now is music director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Berkshire Symphony at Williams College; and pianist Melvin Chen, who is Deputy Dean of the Yale Music School and director of Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Retired BSO Librarian John Perkel arranged to have the piece premiered as the centerpiece of the April 24, 2021 concert.  He said: “Ever since the approach of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, I was determined to make this amazing event a reality. When I finally received the authorization to perform the Bernstein string quartet, I went into action and engaged these fine musicians and chose repertoire closely associated with Bernstein.”
According to Library Director Wendy Pearson, “We are delighted to host this world premiere as a benefit to fund cultural programming and community events for the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.”
The concert will be held at Studio E in Tanglewood’s Linde Center and will be followed by a dessert reception at the adjacent Cindy’s Café.