Celebrating the WAM Way
The holiday season is officially upon us, and what better way can there be to make merry than with the arts? After all, they stimulate the senses, invigorate the soul, and stoke embers of excitement that are difficult to extinguish.
And, where can you find an assortment of amazing talent under the same roof? Worcester Art Museum, of course!
Let’s look at some of the impressive programming scheduled for this cheerful time.
- November 30—WPI Vocal Performance Lab. A Ceremony of Carols for Harp and Chorus, by Benjamin Britten, will undoubtedly awe viewers. The composition includes an incredible chorus, solo features, and wondrous harp music. Britten, a distinguished British composer, wrote the work in 1942 while traveling by sea from the United States to England.
- December 7—The Nutcracker. The Youth Ballet of Worcester will present a classical repertory of the beloved fairytale that almost always steals hearts. E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote the story originally titled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and Tchaikovsky set music to Alexandre Dumas’ magical adaptation. The Youth Ballet Company, under the auspices of Ballet Arts Worcester, is made up of remarkably skilled dancers, and achieving a spot in the prestigious company speaks volumes to a youngster’s talent.
- December 14—Salisbury Singers. Do you take pleasure in an incredible blend of jubilant music set in a dreamy backdrop? If the answer is “yes,” you will not want to miss The Salisbury Singers Holiday Concert under the dynamic direction of Michelle Graveline. The Salisbury Singers, a memorably gifted mixed chorus now in its 41st season, is wholly dedicated to the enrichment of the arts.
- December 21—Merrimack Valley Ringers. Love energy, spontaneity, and spirit? Want to be captivated and even participate in a lively performance? Then, put the Merrimack Valley Ringers on your Christmas list. In fact, this auditioned ensemble, celebrating its 13th season, enjoys sharing its incredible handbell and handchime abilities in an irrefutably jolly way. Actually, this vibrant act is a WAM favorite!
Okay, the above sounds great, but what about the artwork?
Well, in addition to notable paintings and other creative collections regularly on display, there will also be short, docent-led gallery talks commemorating the celebratory season.
Here are the works to be highlighted.
- November 29—German Depictions of the Christ Child.
- December 6—Stefano da Verona’s The Virgin and Child with Angels.
- December 13—Grandma Moses’ Getting Ready for Thanksgiving.
- December 20—Ottaviano di Martino Nello’s The Adoration of the King.
- December 27—Adriaen van de Venne’s Winter Landscape with Skaters.
The above-mentioned are just some of the joyful gems scheduled at Worcester Art Museum. For a complete holiday listing, go to http://www.worcesterart.org/events/holidays-at-wam/2014/
Profitez de la période des Fêtes!