Friday, February 28th 7:30pm
A Grand Celebration: Benefit Concert by Steinway Artist Michael Lewin
Join us for a benefit concert in celebration of the arrival of our new Steinway B grand piano. Steinway artist Michael Lewin will play music by Debussy, Chopin and Schubert. Reception to follow the performance.
"Michael Lewin, an American pianist as dexterous and assured as he is audacious, displays dazzling music-making. Lewin's playing positively brims over with high spirits, glitter, panache and stylistic awareness." – Gramophone Magazine
"Lewin's dangerously difficult and extraordinarily musical program proved him a great pianist. He plays intensely, in a fury of concentration and piano mastery, infusing each work with a sense of drama and working audiences into a frenzy. Be advised not to miss your next chance to hear him." – The Boston Herald
"A most sensitive and brooding performer, with a controlled, awesomely intense style. He roared passionately yet precisely through the Chopin. His Prokofiev wove a web of childhood dreams and nightmares." – The Washington Post
Saturday, March 15th 7:30pm
Swedish-American Fiddler Brian Wicklund
Minnesota Swedish-American fiddler Brian Wicklund hosts an evening of globe-trotting musical adventure. Although he grew up in Minnesota, Brian is best known for his work in bluegrass music touring internationally as a sideman with many of the top bluegrass players in the country. He’s written best-selling books The American Fiddle Method and hosts fiddle camps in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. In the last decade, he has returned to his Swedish routes through travels to Dalarna, Sweden to study the region's distinct fiddle style.
Brian will be joined by Boston-area Scottish fiddle master Katie McNally and guitar wizard Flynn Cohen. Join them for an evening of foot stomping music and fun!
Saturday, March 22nd 2pm
Of Trolls & Men: Music from 18th century Norway
Folk songs, fairytale tunes, dances and sonatas from the mountains to the cities of Norway. Carol Lewis and Olav Chris Henriksen are two of America’s leading early musicians, whose unique repertoire and unusual range has led them to perform frequently in recitals individually and together, as well as with internationally acclaimed ensembles including the Boston Camerata, Hespèrion XXI, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Capriccio Stravagante, Waverly Consort, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Critics have praised Duo Maresienne’s performances, noting their “dazzling technical virtuosity and passionate playing of gut-gripping intensity”.
Tuesday, March 25th 7pm
From Finland With Love: Marimekko in America, Past and Present
The SCC is proud to participate in Boston Design Week with a presentation about famed Finnish design company Marimekko offered by independent curator and researcher Susan Ward.
In the summer of 1959, Marimekko designs were introduced to the American market through an exhibition at Design Research (D/R), the innovative Cambridge home furnishings store founded by architect Benjamin Thompson. Marimekko fabrics and their dresses, dubbed a “uniform for intellectuals,” went on to enjoy phenomenal success in the U.S. (especially in the Boston area) over the next 20 years. Now, having recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, Marimekko is once again bursting onto the American scene, introducing new designers while continuing to make use of its rich archive of “classic” designs. In this informal program Susan Ward will discuss the history of Marimekko, D/R, and the local context, from the 1950s to the present.