Music and Art

I love to combine my love of painting with my love of music.  I got the chance over the past few weeks when a friend and teacher of cello shared a photo of her and one of her students.  I was so taken by the light in the photo, that I asked permission to do a painting.  This is not my normal subject matter (I usually paint landscapes and nature subjects), but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try this very special subject. The painting is almost done, and I’m really happy with the results.  The first photo is the beginning mock up with shapes and colors (done after several drawings).  The second photo is of the almost finished painting.  I’m still looking at it in the studio and making minor tweaks…..

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                                   “Nikki and Clara” Oil on Board 12×16

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Music at Highfield

What a treat yesterday afternoon to hear a concert by Amit Peled and Noreen Cassidy-Polera (cello and piano) and Karen Lansdale and Donald Enos (violin and piano) in the intimate setting of Highfield Hall in Falmouth.  The program included violin and piano for the Stravinsky Suite Italienne, followed by cello and piano for works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, John Williams, Popper and Granados.  The second half of the concert combined violin, cello and piano for Leonard Bernstain’s piano Trio.  Amil Peled is one of the most exciting young cellists playing today and has recently been given Casals’ cello to play (presented to him by Casals’ wife Maria).

It was amazing to sit literally 6-8 feet from the cellist and piano during this concert.  I loved all of it, but the Beethoven Variations and Popper’s Tarentella were my favorites.  Amit Peled is an amazing cellist, and his accompanist superb. This concert was one not to be missed; I was glad I bought my tickets early as these musicians played to an enthusiastic sold out crowd.  What a great way to spend Fathers’ Day afternoon!

Amit Peled, cellist, and
Noreen Cassidy-Polera, pianist

Sunday, June 16
4:00 pm
Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists of today.  Having appeared as soloist with the Cape Cod Symphony back in 2001, Mr. Peled is now a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory, participates in prestigious summer music festivals worldwide, and performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall, London, and Konzerthaus,Berlin.  Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, widely known for her collaborations with soloists, is the winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Naumburg international competitions.  This program is offered in collaboration with Meeting House Chamber Music Festival.
$20 members / $25 non-members.

SOLD OUT for HIGHIELD, some seats reserved for Meeting House Series tickets holders.