“Celebration of Arts and Culture in Arlington”, April 7, 2014

2014 Grant Recipients

Photo from the 2014 Reception held on Monday Afpril 7th at the Arlington Friends of Drama.

Top row (left to right): Samantha Fleishman (“Stop Requested”), Marc Gurton (13Forest Gallery/Opera On Tap), Tom Davison (A-TED), Anne Ellinger (True Story Theater), Matt Lundeen (Arlington Children’s Theater), Paul Carlson (Opal Ensemble), Kevin Duffy (stone sculptor), Todd Brunel (Opal Ensemble), Anne Black (Opal Ensemble), Leslie Havens (Solstice Sackbuts).
Bottom row (left to right): Scott Samenfeld (EulipiaJazz), Merli Guerra and ? (Luminarium Dance), Kendall Dudley (Arlington Writes!), Christopher Ellinger (True Story Theater), Linda Yee (AIFF), Dave Ardito (Director of K-12 Visual Arts), Jill Manca (Arlington Public Art).

Piano-Violin Duo to perform in the

Menotomy Concert Series

by Pasquale Tassone

The third concert in the 2010-11 Menotomy Concert Series will take place at 7:30 on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Town Hall in Arlington.  Violinist Ricardo Odriozola was born in Bilbao, Spain, and grew up in the northern Basque town of Bermeo  Beginning first with the guitar, Ricardo, at the age of nine, moved on to the violin.  In 1982, Ricardo spent his senior year at Arlington High School, graduating in 1983.  Upon graduating, he was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Eastman School of Music studying with the famous violinist, Zvi Zeitlin.  After finishing his studies in the US, he moved to Bergen Norway where he accepted a position at the Music Conservatoire, now called Grieg Academy, where he remains to this day.  In addition to his activities as a teacher he is also a very active conductor and composer.  We welcome Ricardo back to Arlington.  (click on the page 2 link below to read more)

Accompanying  Ricardo will be pianist Einar Røttingen, a Professor of Music Performance and head of the Masters Program in Performance or Composition at the Grieg Academy Department of Music, University of Bergen.  He is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. In addition to being a regular guest at the annual Bergen International Festival and Edvard Grieg Museum concert series in Norway, he has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in major cities in Europe, USA and Asia. Throughout the 1980s, Røttingen worked closely with the Norwegian composer Harald Sæverud and has recorded all the solo piano music in addition to the Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

During their stay in Arlington, the duo will be working with and performing for the students at AHS and Ottoson Middle School.  At the Menotomy Concert, they will perform music of Grieg, Sæverud, Hvoslef as well as music written for them by  Arlington composers Leslie Hurwitz,  Betsy Schramm and Pasquale Tassone.

The appearance of this wonderful duo is made possible in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council.   Admission is free and the public is cordially invited.

Our Fragile Earth – Art Exhibit at Town Hall – March 26 – April 23, 2011

Artists Sabrina McCormick and Gail Teschmacher McCormick created the exhibit OUR FRAGILE EARTH to focus on environmental issues with primary emphasis on climate change.  The problems addressed include sea level rise, weather extremes, deforestation, desertification, endangered species, population explosion, air and water pollution, among others.  Solutions presented include source reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, and alternative energy.

This time the exhibit will focus more on water related issues since it is being shown in conjunction with Arlington’s EcoFest March 26th event entitled “HOW you affect the Water that affects YOU”.  It is being assisted by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council (supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council) and co-sponsored by Sustainable Arlington and the Town EcoFest committee. The exhibit will be on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall and runs from 3/26/11 to 5/23/11 with a reception on April 1st from 6-8 pm.  Music will be provided by Scott Samenfeld – Guitar, Caryn Sandrew – Vocals, Jay Girill – Bass.  Refreshments will be served.

These award-winning works have been exhibited at several universities, museums and the United Nations Conference on Women and the Environment.  The 8’ x 36’ raw canvas petition has been displayed as far North as Harvard and as far South as the New College in Sarasota.  It was taken to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  With thousands of signatures, it urges the U.S. to join with other nations in a treaty to limit carbon dioxide emissions and encourage energy efficiency and use of renewal resources. A new section will be placed at the exhibit in Town Hall allowing for more signatures.

Gail McCormick has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, is Co-chair of Sustainable Arlington and board member of HealthLink which focuses on the environment.  Dr. Sabrina McCormick is an American Academy of Science fellow at the EPA in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor at George Washington University with numerous publications and documentaries. She is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Eleanor Roosevelt at the Arlington Senior Center – June 10 at 1pm

Elena Dodd portrays Elinor Roosevelt - photo
Elena Dodd portrays Eleanor Roosevelt

The Arlington Seniors Association will be hosting Eleanor Roosevelt as she makes a personal appearnace at the Arlington Senior Center on Friday, June 10 at 1pm.  Elena Dodd  portrays Mrs Roosevelt during her years of marriage, ending with Franklin’s death in 1945.

ACA to present two Shakespeare in the Park performances this summer!

With seed money provided by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, ACA is proud to present two productions in the summer of 2011!

Shakespeare In The Park - photo
Shakespeare In The Park


Sunday, July 10, 5:00pm
Arlington Children’s Theater
Spy Pond Field

Measure for Measure

Sunday, August 7, 5:00pm
New England Shakespeare Company
Robbins Farm Park

Ajemian & Newcomb’s “Songs Off the Wall: Musical Reflections on Mostly Famous Paintings”

A performance of Ajemian & Newcomb’s “Songs Off the Wall: Musical Reflections on Mostly Famous Paintings” will be held at the Robbins Library on October 16 at 3 pm.

For more information about the performance: AjemianandNewcomb.wordpress.com (website)



The Arlington Cultural Council will host a grant-writing workshop on Sunday, October 3rd, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the Community Room (2nd floor) of the Public Safety Building, Mystic Street. All applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend. Applicants may wish to complete (or start) drafts of their applications before the workshop so they can have specific issues addressed by Council members. A sample completed application will be available at the Council website on or before September 1st.

Too Human – “Celebration of Song – The Great American Songbook and Beyond”.  This performance will be at the .   For more information:  Too Human’s website:  www.toohumanonline.com

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 3:00 PM  Robbins Library

Dena Ressler, “Learn to Dance Klezmer Music,”attendees will learn Yiddish Dance (the celebratory dances of Eastern European Jews) accompanied by klezmer music.

Sunday April 18  2-3:30pm   Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple Street

A Couple of Redheads, “BROAD-ville: a Women’s Vaudeville Show,” featuring original comedy, music and art by Boston-area women.
A Couple of Redheads website

Fri. May 7 and Sat. May 8pm Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St

Julie Leven, “Viva Due Violin! Virtuoso, Vocal and Fiddling Extravaganza, an interpretive musical program. Part of the Menotomy Concert Series.

Friday May 14  7:30 pm  Arlington Town Hall Auditorium  730 Mass. Ave

Celebrating Arlington’s Arts and Culture! Annual Grantee’s Reception Monday April 6, 2009, Town Hall.








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