Friday, February 24, 2017

Making Connections: Art & Music on February 26

Join us in February as we host a presentation on the relationship between visual and musical art on Sunday, February 26th from 1-4pm in Patton Hall at the First Congregational Church of Westfield, located at 125 Elmer Street. This event is free & open to all. 

We launched of our Making Connections lecture series last February with a presentation on Art & Poetry by professor, poet, & artist Michelle Greco.

In this second installment of our Making Connections series, we will take a look at Art & Music with accomplished lecturer, concert organist, & musical director Dr. Barbara Thomson, of Mountainside.

Dr. Thomson is Organist at Rutgers University, Monmouth Reform Temple, and First Congregational Church of Westfield, where she also Musical Director. As an organist, she has performed across the US and Europe, including at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. If you have attended concerts of the Westfield Symphony, you may have heard one of her insightful pre-performance lectures, or read her reviews as the classical music critic for the Westfield Leader/Scotch Plains Times.

Although visual & musical art are typically seen as two distinct forms of expression, Dr. Thomson will illustrate how they can inform each other beautifully. This afternoon event will focus on listening and visual association based on musical passages. Attendees will also participate in a guided art-making session... catch the muse! Light refreshments will be served.

The WAA gratefully acknowledges receipt of a generous grant from the Westfield Foundation that makes this event possible.