A Saturday Afternoon Celebration of the Arts @ the SPL

We will be celebrating the arts on Saturday, February 25th starting at 2:00 pm at the Saugus Public Library. We are hosting a classical music concert with the Rasa String Quartet in the Community Room and a public reception for photographer Eileen Estrich in the 1st Floor Reading Room. Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Formed in 2019, the Boston-based Rasa String Quartet consists of violinists Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi, violist Emma Powell, and cellist Mina Kim, who are graduates of the New England Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music, and Yale University. Rasa String Quartet is the 2022-23 ensemble in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) and winners of the 2022 Associazione Europea Di Musica E Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition (Italy,) the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (ATL,) and the 2020 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (OH.)Inspired by the connection between music and storytelling at the heart of folk traditions, Rasa String Quartet creates engaging and fresh programs that are approachable by a wide range of people, are inspired by a variety of different cultures, and highlight unknown composers.

The program for Saturday’s concert:

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate: Pisachi (Reveal)
Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Primavera Porteña, Invierno Porteño
Komitas Vardapet: Selections From Armenian Miniatures
   3. Oh Nazan…
   5. The Red Shawl
   14. Song of the Little Partridge
   6. Girl’s Dance (Shoushiki)
   9. Stalk Along! (Qele Qele)
Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major “Kabardinian”

Rasa String Quartet will play from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Eileen Estrich is a Revere photographer who captures the beauty of local beaches and environs. “Ebee” says she is “inspired daily by the natural beauty along the shoreline. Photography has been a constant interest for me since I first used a 35 mm at 18 years old, and I still delight in capturing the natural beauty of light & color, on textures and shapes, especially along a beach.
    This appreciation of nature’s gifts also applies to my other artistic works in charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, acrylics, stationary, and ceramics. My happiness grows when I can bring a smile to someone with a gift of beauty, as with a piece of art.
    My memberships include GALA (Galleries At Lynn Arts), The Greater Lynn Photographic Association, Lynn Shutter Society, Revere Community Arts Partnership, and Marblehead Arts Association. It was an honor to have been asked to exhibit large prints of historic Lynn in their esteemed Lynn Public Library, and Lynn City Hall, which have been there for a few years now.
    Now it is an honor to share these beautiful images with Saugus Public Library.”

    Stop by to hear some wonderful music, mingle, and view inspiring local images. The reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.




Published: February 23rd, 2023

Author: Alan Thibeault
Tags:classical music, eileen estrich, Gala, music, Rasa String Quartet,