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Music and Art Club (MAC)

2015 Events

Freer Museum 八大山人 Tour - November 18, 2015

2010 Events

Tour of Freer Gallery Exhibition

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, from Song Dynasty to Early Qing Dynasty

September 28, 2010

Alumna Christine Lee (Feng Man-chun) led tours of the exhibition on Tuesday 9/28/10 and again Saturday 10/2/10. Altogether 23 art lovers attended the events where some of the finest Chinese paintings in the Free Gallery's collection are on view. Christine shared her knowledge of the art , as well as the humanistic background behind the creation of these art works. Through her explanation, we had a glimpse of the lifestyle of yesteryear such as birthday celebration where portraits of the ancient celebrants were drawn; farewell party and bestowing good wish to a friend leaving town to seek employment elsewhere; retirees wishing for peace and tranquility after government services; devotional art to God seeking protection for loved ones. The artistic style changes but the human sentiment remains pretty much the same through the millennium.

參觀 Freer Gallery 的展出﹕由宋朝至清初的中國傑出畫作

校友馮曼群於9/28/2010週二及10/2/2010週六這二日兩度帶領了校友參觀該項展出。一共有二十三位藝術愛好者參與了這項活動。這個展覽是Freer Gallery館藏中一些最好的中國畫。

馮曼群與校友們分享了她對藝術的知識及這些創作的人文背景。經由她的講解﹐我們得以一瞥舊日的生活方式﹐ 比如﹕為過壽的長者而作的肖像畫﹔絕別之宴上﹐為即將離去另求新職的友人所作的祝福之畫﹔剛由政府職位退休的人﹐為他所嚮往的寧靜意境所作之畫﹔或﹐為所愛的人求取保護而獻給神明的宗教性畫作。畫風縱有千變萬化﹐但人類各種情感千年不變。

2009 Events

"Furniture for the Divine" at Towson University - December 13, 2009

On December 13, 2009, the Music and Art Club organized a trip to Towson University in Baltimore to see the “Furniture for the Divine” Exhibition sponsored by the Asian Arts and Culture Center. 14 alumnae, spouses and relative attended the event. Most items on display have been acquired by Dr. Foo and his wife Pei-hwa Kung over the past 25 years. Director of the Gallery, alumna Tseng Sue-Whei, personally conducted the visit with detailed and very interesting explanations of various pieces which included altar tables, incense burner stands, shrines, screen, and offering accessories.

After viewing the exhibit, the group was led to a very nice Indian restaurant nearby for a buffet lunch and spent a very enjoyable afternoon chatting and getting acquainted with each other.

Fall Movie/Café - October 16, 2009

Seneca Creek State Park Foliage Walk - October 20, 2009

The original date for foliage walk was set for Oct. 16. Due to the rain, the walk was switched to lunch (eight of us) at an European bakery café followed by movie "Coco before Chanel" at Bethesda Row movie theater. It was also a great occasion to get acquainted with MAC's new program coordinators Marnie (Chen Kwan-hwa, '63) and her sounding board Joyce (Wu I-fong, '65).

Oct. 20 turned out to be a crispy fall day. Four determined nature-loving sisters carried out the foliage walk with compass, trail map and mileage meter . The one mile leisure walk was followed by dim sum, coffee/pastry, and a joyful birthday celebration!

Special Tour at The Freer Gallery of Art - April 16, 2009

We were fortunate to have our alumnae, Christine Lee, to arrange a special visit to the Freer Gallery storage. She personally selected 25 pieces of jades, dating from 3,300 BC to the 17th century, from the world-renowned Freer collection of ancient Chinese jades for our private viewing. Each piece was explained in detail of its historical importance and time was allowed for close-up examination. Christine has been a volunteer docent at the Freer and Sackler galleries for 22 years, and her special area of interest was in the ancient Chinese jades.

12 alumni and three husbands joined this special tour. What a fascinating way to learn about the ancient Chinese jade-working cultures. We concluded our tour with a walk through the beautiful Smithsonian gardens and a sumptuous Spanish tapas lunch in downtown DC.

2008 Events

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens - December 3, 2008

Six MAC members and two loyal husbands attended the delightful garden walk under twinkling lights. Nancy and her husband Paul hosted the event by warming us up with treats before carpooling to the garden. After the walk, we had dinner together to conclude another joyful outing.

2007 Events

VA Great Falls Walk

VA Great Falls State Park - October 28, 2007

Great Falls Walk, Great Falls State Park - May 11, 2007

Thanks to Julia and Jean's coordination, the group had a pleasant spring walk followed by outdoor lunch among spring flowers. There were 10 of us present(9 BEINU girls and Rita's husband Paul as honorary photographer). We were so happy to see our club charter member Liu Kang (she looks great and energetic in the midst of nursing back her health), plus new members Maria and Amy (class of '65, both travel far from Columbia, MD). With positive feedbacks from the gathering, we may plan for another Great Falls walk on the Virginia side in October.

9 happy BEINU girls (from left to right): Joyce, Maria, Amy, In-May, Nancy, Julia, Jean, Rita, Kang

Sherwood Gardens for (80,000) Tulips, Baltimore - April 27, 2007

Tea, Flower and Music,

Marder Studio Theater, Center for the Arts, Towson University

March 31, 2007

Audiences enjoyed an afternoon of elegant and tranquil presentations of a Japanese Tea Ceremony by Masako Miyahara, Japanese Flower Arranging by Emi Furukawa, and a performance of classical Japanese music by Yoshio Kurahashi, Ayako Kurahashi and Miyuki Yoshikami, devoted to the theme of cherry blossoms and spring.

Fired with Passion, Towson University - February 24, 2007

The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University hosted an important exhibition, Fired with Passion: Contemporary Ceramics of Japan, followed by a refined Japanese Dance and Music program "Poetry in Motion" in the center theater.

According to Suewhei Shieh (BEINU '68, director of the center): "I hope our visitors can relate to the ceramics exhibition in two folds. One, to gain understanding of the classic traditions of Japanese ceramics through the vessel forms, and two, to see the transformation from utilitarian forms to the dramatic sculptural manifestations. Our audience can relate to the freedom that the Japanese modern artists enjoy in creating highly individual and unconventional works as they shake off the shackles of strict traditions." The exhibit and related program will be at the center until May 10th.

On the same day (Feb. 24), we watched the Met Opera life broadcast of "Eugene Onegin" in Columbia, MD. What a treat to experience the two world class performers leading the major roles!

Calligraphy demo, National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium - Feb 9, 2007

Calligraphy demo by Master Artist Au Ho-nien at National Museum of Natural History's Baird Auditorium Isabel Shen volunteered to coordinate the group outing. A total of 11 BEINU sisters (plus more BEINU alumni found in the audience!) attended. Afterwards, we had a fun lunch together at the museum cafeteria.

Metropolitan's Live Broadcast

Tan Dun: The First Emperor

Columbia, MD (UA Snowden Square Stadium 14) - January 13, 2007

Great turnout (17 total, including the husbands) at the Columbia's Snowden Square Stadium Theater.

Dinners in two locality followed after the performance. Most of us appreciate the Met's live broadcast that we can attend the world premier of this opera right in DC.

2005 - 2006 Events

Hillwood Museum/Garden Tour - October 2006

National Arboretum Azalea Walk - April 2006

DC Trip - April 2005