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Music and Art Club (MAC)
Freer Museum 八大山人 Tour - November 18, 2015
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
"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.
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.
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.