TUPPER LAKE – Two high-profile guest speakers will lecture January 6 and 28 on the history of classical music and the group of Canadian artists known as the Group of Seven in a co-organized winter lecture series by Tupper Arts and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. Both conferences will take place at the Tupper Arts Center, 106 Park St.
These lectures are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the programming of the two arts centres.
On Friday, January 6 at 7 p.m., Harold Rosenbaum, founder of the New York Virtuoso Singers and part-time resident of Tupper Lake, will present a lecture titled “A Concise History of Classical Music. This is a 90-minute lecture and piano demonstration on the evolution of classical music from the medieval period to the present day. This conference will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Recognized among the best performers of choral music, Rosenbaum has received numerous awards, including the Ditson Conductor’s Award from Columbia University. He has conducted at Tanglewood, Juilliard and all major New York City venues with choirs as well as St. Luke’s Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He founded the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute, ChoralFest USA and Virtuoso Choral Recordings. His book, “Practical guide to choir conducting”, will be published this fall by Routledge. Rosenbaum’s backing vocals appear on 44 commercial CDs. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer. Learn more about him at haroldrosenbaum.com.
On Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m., William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, will give a talk on the Group of Seven, a group of influential early 20th-century Canadian painters who believed that Canadians would recognize themselves as they saw the beauty of their landscape. This program showcases their works with slides, video and music clips and commentary, followed by a Q&A session.
Tortolano has been a visiting scholar at Trinity, St. Catherine’s, and King’s Colleges in Cambridge, England, and has also held a National Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University and researched singing. Gregorian at St. Pierre de Solesmes. He is the author of “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Anglo-Black Composer” and “Original music for male voices”, as well as over 35 music editions from GIA Publications.
The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, AY Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, JEH MacDonald and Frederick Varley. Inspired by Thom Thomson, these Canadian artists felt that the regions of Canada create an artistic mosaic with their diversity: the Maritimes, the Rockies, the Plains, Old Quebec, First Nations and others.