Exhibition: The Lake District

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on September 26, 2010

From the Wordsworth Museum:

Savage Grandeur and Noblest Thoughts, Discovering the Lake District, 1750 — 1820
The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery, Grasmere, England, 1 June 2010 — 12 July 2011

Catalogue by Cecilia Powell and Stephen Hebron, ISBN: 9781905256426, £19.95

From the mid 1700s until the early 1800s, British people who would normally have travelled abroad for recreation were confined to these shores. The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars made it dangerous for the British to travel in Europe and the conflicts created an upsurge in patriotic feeling. Artists and writers began to explore areas of natural beauty in Britain and their discoveries inspired a wide range of drawings, watercolours, oil paintings and engravings as well as prose and poetry of the highest quality. This work resulted in prints of the pictures and eventually what we might now call coffee table books, containing descriptions and pictures. These inspired more enthusiasm for the British landscape and an increasing number of people made their way to The Lake District.

Horrors like these at first alarm,
But soon with savage grandeur charm,
And raise to noblest thoughts the mind.

-from Dr John Dalton’s Descriptive Poem, first published in the 1750s

It became fashionable to travel through areas of wild and rugged scenery and visitors delighted in the thrilling experiences that the Lake District offered and its beauty and interest were ever more enthusiastically proclaimed. The Wordsworth Trust’s new exhibition explores the ways in which artists and writers discovered, portrayed and celebrated the Lake District in the years 1750-1820, a period of radical developments in both art and literature. The exhibition includes over 100 pictures and books from the period and shows how the British were inspired to invent the ‘staycation’. Savage Grandeur is the first exhibition which draws its content entirely from the Wordsworth Trust’s own collection. The exhibition will be complemented by a computer-generated guide to the scenery depicted in selected exhibits.

Thomas Arne and The Newberry Consort

Posted in anniversaries by Editor on September 26, 2010

Rule Britannia! Celebrating the Tercentenary of Thomas Arne
The Newberry Consort, Chicago, 1-3 October 2010

The Newberry Consort, Chicago’s premier early music ensemble, kicks off its new season with a tribute to one of eighteenth-century England’s most popular and successful composers. Thomas Arne’s works run the gamut from pleasure garden songs for Vauxhall to the first Italian-style opera seria written in English. Plumbing the Newberry Library collections, we’ve recreated his colorful orchestrations for strings, baroque flute, and continuo to perform our selection of Shakespeare songs, opera arias, and chamber pieces. You’ll be invited to join in singing the evening’s finale!

Friday, October 1, 2010, 8:00 pm, Sanctuary, Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8:00 pm, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Hyde Park
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 3:00 pm, Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University

Pre-concert lectures begin one hour before the concerts. Student tickets: $5 at the door, cash only. General admission: $28 in advance, $30 at the door. Purchase tickets online at http://www.newberryconsort.org or call 312.255.3610

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