Tuesday, March 25, 2008

In Springtime, Especially, American Classical Visual And Musical Culture Should Be Ageless, Open, Vibrant, And Friendly

American composer Jack Reilly in performance in the Johns Hopkins Medical Center Weinberg ceremonial lobby as part of the Art of Healing series; which, since 2001, has featured vocalists, musicians, dancers and others in Weinberg’s soaring atrium space. The monthly series seeks to offer, through the performing arts, a respite to patients, families and staff. (above)

"Evening Glow" by Japanese-American artist Chiura Obata. (middle)

John Muir and U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt at Grizzly Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park." (below)


Subject: A track from your CD is featured as Song of the Day at www.jazz.com
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 23:39:24 +0000


At jazz.com we only review tracks (not entire CDs), and five days per week we pick a Song of the Day from a recent release.

Your version of "All the Things You Are" has just been selected. You will find the review at the link below. It will also be featured on the home page (www.jazz.com) for the next couple days.


Best regards,

Ted Gioia

American Jazz and Classical Pianist - Composer - Author - Recording Artist


"East meets West in this exciting new exhibition of prints by Chiura Obata, one of the earliest Japanese artists to live and work in the United States. Born in Japan in 1885, Obata moved to San Francisco in 1903. He visited Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada in 1927 and recalled the visit as "the greatest harvest for my whole life and future in painting." Obata transformed some of the numerous watercolors and sketches made on his trip into a series of intricate woodblock prints, some requiring more than 150 separate working proofs. The prints resemble watercolors, with lines like brush strokes and delicately layered color. This exhibition is the first time these prints have been publicly displayed on the East Coast."

Obata's Yosemite Gallery Talk

Thursday, March 27, 5:30 p.m.

Joann Moser, senior curator for graphic arts, details Obata's technique of producing colorful woodblock prints and his travels to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada. Free and open to the public; meet in the F Street Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum.


John Muir: Man of the Mountains

"John Muir National Historic Site preserves the Victorian home of the noted author and preservationist. Surrounded by almost 9 acres of fruit orchards and 326 acres of oak woodland, the site today is just a small piece of the original 2,600 acre ranch.

The United States is forever indebted to the "Father of the National Park Service" for helping to preserve this country's greatest treasures."


Distinguished American writer Garry Wills speaks on American Paintings, April 26, 2008.


Photo credits: (c) Estate of Chiura Obata. All rights reserved. (c)Peter Tully Owen. All rights reserved.


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