Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I was out of town in early December and missed the annual Holiday Luncheon, so we have Louise de Tonnancour to thank (once again) for these lovely photos of the festivities at the University Club on Mansfield Street.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Our second cultural outing, beautifully organized by Louise de Tonnancour, was a backstage tour of the Opera de Montreal. General and Production Director Pierre Dufour led our visiting group through the labyrinth workshops, sets, and costume racks behind the scenes.
Thanks to Louise for the wonderful photos, captions...and of course the memories.
General Director Pierre Dufour begins the tour
The costume workshop, a real Alibaba's cavern
A smiling Pierre Dufour has plenty of reasons to be proud.
"Producing an opera is a very long procedure. It can take up to five years."
Sometimes, new fabrics get to be aged, in this little corner
Props. It takes what it takes!
Isles and isles like this one..each well identified. Rest assured we did not loose anyone.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Mark Abley gave an absolutely terrific talk on November 17th...which I unfortunately missed out on, but I have heard rave reviews from everyone who was in attendance. He spoke about his travels and all the interesting encounters he has had with English around the world.
Much thanks to Lily Goldman who took these photos for our blog.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Mandolinata's program was quite eclectic, ranging from the lovely Partita Antiqua to ragtime to Vivaldi as well as Japanese and Italian melodies. Musical director Johanna Hebing first started playing in her native Holland and has continued performing and teaching here in the Montreal area.
Pre-concert bustle in the auditorium
Johanna Hebing and Adele Lafrance preparing
WASM member Carol Thom plays the Mando Cello with Mandolinata
1st Mandolin: Johanna Hebing
2nd Mandolin: Adele Lafrance
Mandola: George Evers
Mando Cello: Carol Thom
Guitar: Pierre d'Etcheverry
Mando Bass: Ernest Zuidinga
Johanna Hebing introducing a piece
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Jewish artists of the Modernist period incorporated current visual language (cubism) into traditional subjects
and Amedeo Modigliani
Felix Nussbaum's famous Self Portrait with Jewish Identity Card (1943). He perished in the Holocaust.
Ben Shahn, a painter of the Diaspora, was known for his involvement in
social causes. Below is his painting Sacco and Vanzetti.
Ben Shahn, synagogue
R.B. Kitaj, If Not
R.B. KItaj, Jewish Rider
Larry Rivers, Portrait of Primo Levi
Post-war American artist Barnett Newman, Black Fire
Rita tied Newman's abstraction to medieval illuminations like the Sarajevo Bible.
Mark Rothko, another of the great post-war abstractionists.
Jewish art comes full circle, one could say
Rita presented slides of many of the renowned Montreal painters of her generation.
Below, a scene by Jack Beder
Louis Muhlstock, rue Ste. Famille
Sam Borenstein, Winter Scene
Sam Borenstein, Summer
Rita Briansky, from her Kaddish series
Rita Briansky, Prayer Shawl, from her Kaddish series
Rita Briansky and Annette Wolfstein-Joseph after the lecture