May
14
Mon
Reappraisal Reading Circle: Hugh Walpole
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sir Hugh S. Walpole, 1884-1941

In 2011, Peter Hitchens, an admirer of Walpole, though not an uncritical one, wrote:

Henry James and John Buchan praised him. Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were kind about him. What’s more, his books sold enormously well on both sides of the Atlantic, he was knighted, and he became very rich … Yet now he has vanished completely, his books not even to be found on the back shelves of most second hand shops, dismissed as “unreadable.”

If one is curious about how such a thing could happen, check out one of Hugh Walpole’s novels at the Salem Athenaeum and join the discussion of Hugh Walpole’s work at the Reappraisal Reading Circle’s meeting on Monday, May 14 at 7 pm. If Hugh Walpole was, as has been said, the most successful romantic novelist of his time, is it the genre that has failed him, or is it his style and artlessness, or the sensibilities of our time? Of the nearly 40 novels Walpole wrote, few titles have any name recognition at all today, but little girls have been named Judith and Vanessa for his characters. Colleges have retained his books – colleges and the Salem Athenaeum. Walpole wrote psychological novels, children’s stories, historical fiction (Herries Chronicles), regional fiction, and gothic horror stories (Portrait of a man with red hair, and The killer and the slain), detective stories (Behind the Screen) and biography (Anthony Trollope). Lately, it seems that some readers who report to Goodreads have discovered Walpole. How will the Athenaeum readers respond to Walpole at the meeting on May 14?

Reappraisal Reading Circle meets to discuss the works of prolific, popular authors of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum. All are welcome to participate!

May
18
Fri
If Music Could Talk: Jazz with Howard Paul and Larry Baione
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An evening of Jazz with Howard Paul & Larry Baione at the Salem Athenaeum:

Join us for a delightful evening of jazz (with a brief talk on jazz history & the Archtop guitar). As a nationally recognized jazz guitarist Paul juggles 150+ live performances, dozens of university lectures, & studio work.  He is President/CEO of internationally renowned Benedetto Guitars. Howard began playing at 4 & professionally at 13; by 17 he was teaching at a local College & performing with a popular trio. He has performed with an extensive list of legends including guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Jimmy Bruno, Joe Beck, Howard Alden, etc. He has shared the stage with Grammy winners Tom Scott, Mark Egan, Bob James, Laurence Hobgood, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Gregg Field as well as 4-time Grammy Nominee Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B3). Howard was inducted into the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011.  His CD releases include “The Presidents” with Jody Espina; “New Adventures with Tony Monaco” 2014; “Just Friends with Bob James” 2011; & “Jammin’ at the Jazz Corner with Ali Ryerson Trio” 2009.

Larry Baione has been Chair of the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department since 1990, & faculty since 1974. He has studied with Lenzy Wallace, Mick Goodrick, Bill Harris, William Leavitt, Bucky Pizzarelli & Jim Hall. His B.A. is from Berklee & M.A. from New England Conservatory.  After graduating Berklee, Larry was principal guitarist in the DC Army Band.  He performed in the White House, throughout the US & toured South America as the State Department Jazz Ambassador. Larry is author of the Berklee Practice Method for Guitar. He performs in numerous jazz, concert & recording ensembles, from solo guitar to big band. He continues to perform & give clinics throughout the world. His recent recording “Playing Time” consists of original compositions & standards in a trio setting.

 

May
22
Tue
La Tertulia
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Sep
21
Fri
Salem Lit Fest Kickoff
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrate reading and writing with us at the 9th Salem Lit Fest!

Featuring 
Keynote Speaker on 9/21: Madeline Miller, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Circe.

Authors in Conversation on 9/22: Lisa Genova and Joseph Deitch

And readings by:
Brunonia Barry
Janet Benton
Eric Jay Dolin
Jane C. Esther
Julia Glass
Hannah Kimberly
Stephen McCauley
Matthew Phillion
David Roper
Paul Tremblay
Meghan Weir

More information at our website: http://salemlitfest.org/

Sep
22
Sat
Salem Lit Fest
Sep 22 all-day

Celebrate reading and writing with us at the 9th Salem Lit Fest!

Featuring 
Keynote Speaker on 9/21: Madeline Miller, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Circe.

Authors in Conversation on 9/22: Lisa Genova and Joseph Deitch

And readings by:
Brunonia Barry
Janet Benton
Eric Jay Dolin
Jane C. Esther
Julia Glass
Hannah Kimberly
Stephen McCauley
Matthew Phillion
David Roper
Paul Tremblay
Meghan Weir
Joan Wilking

More information at our website: http://salemlitfest.org/

Sep
29
Sat
Concert: Matt Haimovitz
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Salem Classical & Salem Athenaeum present
Cellist Matt Haimovitz
 
The Salem Athenaeum’s new series “If Music Could Talk,” in partnership with Salem Classical, brings world-renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz back to Salem after his much heralded 2017 performance with Philip Glass at PEM. Haimovitz returns with a thrilling program of Bach, Iyer, Glass, and Korean composer Isang Yun.  “If Music Could Talk” is hosted by Josiah Fisk and this special concert will feature a pre-concert discussion with Haimovitz, Fisk, and Salem Classical’s Richard Guérin.

Learn more about Haimovitz.

Program:
Bach Cello Suite No.2 in D
Isang Yun Glissée

(Intermission)

Glass Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello
Bach Suite III (Prelude)
Vijay Iyer Run
Nov
7
Wed
The Language of Light: Gerald Shea
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This event will be ASL interpreted.

Gerald Shea lives mostly in the realm of the hearing, but as a partially deaf person, his search for communicative grace and clarity is quartered in his understanding of the world of the Deaf, of which he feels he is a part. His new book, The Language of Light tells the story of the arduous struggles of the Deaf across centuries (joined by their hearing allies) to attain and preserve the right to be taught in their unspoken tongue—the only language that renders them complete, fully communicative beings.

Alison Fondo is also with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston. Alison is profoundly deaf, having lost most of her hearing from ototoxic medicine when she was a few weeks old. She was left with some hearing in one ear, and was raised and educated orally, with the help of a hearing aid for that ear and lipreading. She began to learn ASL as a child, and received a cochlear implant at age 34. English is Alison’s first language, and she is fluent in ASL.

Kristin Johnson is the Director of Social Services at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston. She received her degree from Harvard University. Kristin is profoundly deaf and communicates with the help of lipreading and hearing aids.

Christine Majeskey has been a teacher of the Deaf at The Center for Children’s Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf for 34 years. Prior to coming to Beverly she taught the Deaf at schools in Washington, D.C. (Gallaudet’s Model Secondary School), in Boston, and elsewhere. She graduated from Boston University in 1979 with a degree in Special Education/Elementary Education and in 1984 received a degree, in School Counseling of the Deaf, from Gallaudet University. She loves working with middle and high school students, and has a passion for teaching American Sign Language (ASL).

Gerald Shea has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Yale University, and Columbia Law School. He became partially deaf as a result of a childhood illness and uses hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. He is the author of Song Without Words (Perseus Books, 2013), published in French as La Vie Malentendue (Albin Michel 2015), and of The Language of Light (Yale University Press 2017). Gerry lived here in Salem for much of his young life.

Dec
19
Wed
Bonaire: The Island Saving Its Coral Reef with George Buckley
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The new date is December 19!

Film Screening and Discussion

In a world of uncertainty, one of the ecosystems emblematic of the need for balance is the coral reef. Bonaire Bonanza is a success story of good reef management on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where scientists and citizens work together to manage and protect the reefs. This documentary by George Buckley and Dutch filmmaker Edward Snijders won the Palme d’Or Award in Marseilles.

Tonight’s screening of Bonaire Bonanza includes a discussion session with George Buckley who narrated and advised on the film.

George Buckley is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He is an expert scuba diver who has led hundreds of students to study the sea. He has been a long-time Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and chief scientist on some two dozen Earthwatch Expeditions on marine ecology and field studies on coral reefs, bay ecology, horseshoe crabs, fresh water clams and land snails. He is the Chairman of Bonaire’s Accolade Foundation and Director of the Marine Ecology Project.

His awards include the Palme d’Or for his film Bonaire Bonanza, the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Diver of the Year. It was when he worked on the award-winning NOVA TV program, “The Sea Behind the Dunes,” that he began his career in environmental filmmaking.

 

 

 

Jan
4
Fri
Brookline Consort: Fireside Carols
Jan 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

If Music Could Talk

Join the Brookline Consort for an evening of carols at the Salem Athenaeum. This program, part of our popular new series “If Music Could Talk,” includes Benjamin Britten’s beloved “Ceremony of Carols” for harp and voices as well as music by Francis Poulenc and Alfred Burt. There will be a short carol sing-along at the end, and as always with this series, some performer-audience dialogue.

Founded in 2016, The Brookline Consort​ is an 8-16 vocal chamber choir of music professionals in and around the Brookline area dedicated to the performance of fine choral music in a chamber setting.​ The Brookline Consort is comprised of professional musicians that are committed to telling stories through diverse, thoughtful programming performed at the highest level. Through the curation of engaging musical experiences, they create spaces for conversation between artists and audiences and through the collaborative nature of choral music, listeners become creative partners in building community in Brookline and beyond.
Mar
8
Fri
Pumpkin Bread Concert
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Pumpkin Bread, a folk quintet based in Boston, MA, plays original acoustic music that blends influences from traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes with modern sensibilities and intricate arrangements. This show marks the release of Dear Starling, the band’s much anticipated second full length record.

The band features Aidan Scrimgeour, Conor Hearn, Jackson Clawson, Maura Shawn Scanlin and Steven Manwaring.

See a Pumpkin Bread video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84lhFUkyBB4

 

Photo Credit: Louise Bichan