2020 Lincoln Academy Arts Apart, Together. Night One: Band Performances
May 29, 2020
2020 Lincoln Academy Arts Apart, Together. Night One: Choral Performances
May 29, 2020
On Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th, Lincoln Academy hosted Arts Apart, Together, a virtual Visual & Performing Arts Celebration. The Visual Art Show and videos of the Band and Choral performances are still available to view on the Lincoln Academy website. This is the first time in recent memory that Visual and Performing Arts at Lincoln Academy have held their culminating events together, though it’s a natural fit.
The Performing Arts Department presented a live two evening showcase weaving together band, choral, and dramatic work with visual arts imagery, beginning Friday at 6pm. Most of these performances were learned at home and played remotely, presenting amazing challenges for the players, conductors, and compilers of the pieces. Audiences witnessed the tenacity of teachers and students working against the odds throughout the evening.
Friday’s live event began with Instrumental Music Director Liz Matta’s band members presenting work created during the third trimester, including pieces from a variety of Wind Ensembles, Strings, Combos and a number of soloists. “Throughout history, during times of hardship and celebration, humanity turns to art. I’m so proud of my colleagues and of our students for continuing a tradition of excellence in this virtual capacity,” said Matta.
The second half of the Friday evening show featured Choral Director Emily Anderson and both the Concert Choir and Lincolnaires. “Like everyone else, I’ve really missed working with these students together everyday and I know that they really miss working with each other as well, and all of the wonderful things that go into being a music ensemble. So I’m thrilled to share with you, our beloved audience, all of this work that we’ve done as well as the students, who finally get to see the culmination of all of the individual things they’ve been doing this trimester.”
On Saturday, May 30 at 6pm, Lincoln Academy Drama director Griff Braley hosted 18 students in their premiere virtual Spring Play. Live via streaming, the students performed four short plays rehearsed during the month of May. From Thornton Wilder’s “The Happy Journey” to an old time radio version of “Sorry Wrong Number,” and a few more, students have enjoyed experiencing at least a taste of being “on stage.” The evening also included a one act reading of “Prometheus,” directed by John Henry Eddyblouin as the culminating project of his independent study. And, a couple of seniors reprised numbers from the winter musical that almost was – Guys and Dolls. “We hope you’ll join these students as they forge ahead in their theater experience, in anticipation of live performances in 20-21,” said Braley. “These are wonderful, talented kids reaching for their best in a whole new world.”
The 11th annual Visual Art Show is viewable on the school’s website and showcases ceramics and two-dimensional works, including drawing, painting, photography, collage and mixed media, from more than 35 art students. Says art teacher Nina Sylvia, “their work ranges from traditional materials and genres to edgy images, skillfully employing modern technology and personally relevant themes. We’re very excited to be able to present their work in this virtual format.” Art students usually work through all aspects of putting up an art show at River Arts in Damariscotta–selecting and preparing their best work, titling, pricing, writing artist statements, and hanging the show in a professional gallery. This is an important learning experience to culminate their year of making art–after all, art isn’t finished until you share it with others.
With that in mind, and to honor the hard work their art students have done this year–both at school and at home–the Visual Arts faculty felt it was important to give their students the recognition and closure of an art show in spite of all of the cancellations. “I think that the arts are more important than ever right now, in the midst of a pandemic,” said Kate Mess, new to LA’s visual arts faculty this year. With a background in graphic design (Mess has produced LA’s Aerie alumni magazine with Communications Director Jenny Mayher for the past 6 years), Kate volunteered to do the legwork to build the art show right on the LA website this year. “It’s been a labor of love. We photographed and edited over 200 pieces of artwork to get the show online,” said ceramics teacher Jonathan Mess.
From Zoom performances to Coronavirus themed artwork, Arts Apart, Together shines a light on the creative solutions LA’s arts teachers and students developed when the coronavirus forced them apart. “Ceramics was pretty tough to teach virtually, especially once it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to fire the work my students were making at home,” says Jonathan Mess. “So, my ‘Clay in the Time of Coronavirus’ assignment–you’ll see they are all unfired in the students’ art show pages–challenged them to think deeply and make work reflecting our current situation and how it’s affecting their lives. They made some really poignant pieces that they then took outside and let the elements dissolve and reclaim them back to the earth.”
The Visual Art Show can be viewed at:
Friday Evening Performances (May 29th, 6-8pm):
Videos of the Band and Choral performances can be found at the top of this page.
Saturday Evening Performances (May 30th, 6-8pm):
Theater performances were a special one-time-only live event!