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The Rivers School Conservatory to Host Composer Matthew Aucoin for 39th Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

MatthewAucoinbyStevenLaxton1The Rivers School Conservatory presents its 39th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young on Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th in Weston, Massachusetts.

The Contemporary Seminar was founded in 1978 to address the need of young performers and general audiences to hear, play, and learn the music of their time. Each seminar’s programming is truly unique. Pieces are performed only once, so that repertoire composed within the last 25 years is constantly being explored. To date, the seminar has presented 2,771 new pieces from more than 1,601 composers, 599 premieres, and 164 commissioned works.

This year’s featured composer is Matthew Aucoin, an alumni of The Rivers School Conservatory. Aucoin is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Opera as both a conductor and composer. His works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Boston’s A Far Cry, American Repertory Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Alabama Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and more. Aucoin is a graduate of Harvard College and studied piano, theory, and composition at The Rivers School Conservatory.

For this special occasion he composed “Finery Forge,” a work for two pianists, which will receive its world premiere on Sunday, April 9th by two RSC piano students. Aucoin commented on his inspiration for this composition:

“A finery forge is a massive hearth in which iron is refined … I see the piano as a kind of forge for music: the modern concert grand is an industrial-strength machine, a crucible-like behemoth of interlocking parts, filled with hammers intended to strike musical sparks out of their strings. In short, it’s a finery forge. This shiny black wood-and-metal monster is capable of astonishing refinement when it’s in good hands. But those “good hands” must themselves undergo a crucible of musical training if they want to wrest refined sounds out of the forge.”

The weekend of concerts, composition workshops, informal receptions, and composer meet-and-greets, takes place at The Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA. Nearly 75 composers will be featured; many local composers attend and offer remarks about their music before the performances.
Tickets and complete schedule information available at www.riversschoolconservatory.org.

Dr. Richard Weissbourd to Speak at Foundation for MetroWest Spring Inspiration Breakfast

Richard Weissbourd Author, academic, and parenting expert Dr. Richard Weissbourd will be the keynote speaker at the Foundation for MetroWest’s fourth Spring Inspiration Breakfast taking place at the Wellesley Country Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

This public event celebrates the benefits (and explores the challenges of) engaging children with community philanthropy. Richard’s work dovetails with this theme, as his studies focus on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood. He also co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising while providing strategies to schools and parents for promoting caring, a commitment to justice, and other key moral and social capacities in children. His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.
For 20 years, the Foundation has worked closely with local youth, educating them about the importance of giving back to their community through the Youth in Philanthropy program. Currently, the Foundation offers twelve programs throughout the MetroWest region. Since inception, over 1,100 students have participated awarding $1 million to local youth-serving nonprofits– making the Youth in Philanthropy program at the Foundation for MetroWest one of the largest in the country.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 11.47.01 AMThe Spring Inspiration Breakfast will begin at 9:00 AM on May 4, 2017 at the Wellesley Country Club. Lend your support through sponsorship by contacting Lee Gagen, Development Associate at lgagen@foundationformetrowest.org. Individual tickets will go on sale in early March. To learn more about the event, visit foundationformetrowest.org or call 508.647.2260.

Planning your Next Step – A Panel Discussion

Join Joan Roover of A Thoughtful Move, Audrey Zabin of AZA Home Care and Management, Jane Stefanini of Coldwell Banker, CFP John Ulwick, and William Brisk, Esq. Elder Law Attorney to discuss the factors involved in deciding where, when, why and how to move into a senior living community. Come learn from these experienced and skilled experts in the field.

When and Where:
February 28,2017 11:30-1

ONE WINGATE WAY
Wingate Healthcare
235 Gould Street
Needham, MA 02494

RSVP information here.

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