Wednesday, December 02, 2009

December 2, 2009 - Holiday Concerts, A Whole Lot of Local Murals and Free and Legal Downloads

Westminster College clarinetist Jessica Braunlich and baritone Montgomery Service will present their senior recital Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Westminster College soprano Katlyn Schroll and flutist Melissa Wayne will present their senior recital Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

“14 May, 1968,” a mural by Pierre Soulages, France’s greatest living artist and one of the world’s foremost abstract artists, has been acquired by The Butler Museum of American Art.  The 14-foot by 20-foot ceramic tile mural had been on display for 40-some years in the lobby of 1 Oliver Plaza, a skyscraper in downtown Pittsburgh. 

After restoration, plans call for it to be displayed in a gallery room that will be constructed at the Howland branch of the museum. The mural will be lit and will stand behind a glass wall, where it will be visible 24 hours a day from the outside.

The mural has 300 tiles, each one 11” by 11” and weighing 10 pounds. Its restoration will cost $25,000; the Butler already has $10,000 on hand and is raising money for the balance. The museum will approach donors as it seeks to raise the $300,000 needed to build the 28-foot-by-28-foot gallery room at the Howland branch.

The Allegheny College Choirs will present their annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium on the Allegheny campus. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature four different choral ensembles: the Choir, Chamber Choir, Women’s Ensemble and Chorus.

The gala launch of "The Art Institute of Pittsburgh," an illustrated history of the 88-year old college, will be held in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of historic photographs, films, art and artifacts at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Institute, 420 Blvd. of the Allies, Downtown. Authors Jacquelyn Felix Fisher and E. W. Goodman will be present to sign books. There will also be live entertainment, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres by the Institute's International Culinary School. An afternoon tea will close the exhibition Jan. 21. Events are free, but reservations are requested at 412-291-6200, ext. 7123.

Downtown Butler has a new mural at the corner of Wayne Street and Main Street titled "Dreaming About Inventions," an artistic interpretation of the transportation history of Butler.

There’s a rising “anti-cycling sentiment” in Philadelphia

Free and Legal Downloads:

  Navigator / Reveal Records Mixtape

Mission of Burma Live at MIT East Campus Courtyard on 2009-10-09 (October 9, 2009)

  Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Live at Vicar Street on November 4, 2009

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