Mar
20
Fri
If Music Could Talk: Sheffield Players—Goldberg Variations
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Boston-based chamber ensemble The Sheffield Players makes their Athenaeum debut with a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Widely regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, the Goldbergs will be presented here in a transcription for wind trio. In addition to being an interesting departure from the original harpsichord version or a performance on a modern piano, the trio arrangement will highlight the different musical lines that each have their own individuality yet come together to form a coherent whole.
 
In this piece, which begins as a beautiful contemplative melody over a simple bass line, Bach explores a wealth of musical textures, influences, structures and moods. A virtuoso at the “puzzle solving” challenges posed by strict forms like canon, fugue, and variation, Bach set himself a stunning set of complex, interlocking challenges in the plan of the Goldbergs. The discussion portion of the evening will include a look at the “compositional clockwork” that is hidden within some of the most delightful and amazing music Bach wrote.
Mar
24
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 24 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Mar
26
Thu
Memoir Writers Group
Mar 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Meets monthly on fourth Thursdays.

This group is for people who are writing, or wish to write, memoirs. It will not be a class, but rather an opportunity for participants to share and discuss each other’s work, and to offer guidance, advice, and companionship through the memoir-writing process.

Mar
31
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Mar 31 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Rachel Slade: Into the Raging Sea
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Boston-based journalist and author of national bestseller Into the Raging Sea, Rachel Slade, tells the gripping account of the sinking of the American cargo ship El Faro.

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the deadliest American shipping disaster in 35 years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations on the bridge were captured for a remarkable 26 hours leading up to the sinking by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. Taking a hard look at America’s aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.

Apr
4
Sat
CSEM: Luc Beauséjour
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour plays Les Rappel des Oiseaux 
(The Calling of the Birds) featuring music about European songbirds by French composers.

Apr
7
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Apr 7 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.