March 2021 - Guild Hall

GUILD HALL AND HAMPTONSFILM TO PRESENT MET UNDER MOONLIGHT

Drive-In Opera at Main Beach, East Hampton
plus Behind the Screen: The Singer’s Process with Bel Canto Boot Camp

March 18, 2021—East Hampton, NY — As the Met remains dark until September 2021 the live transmissions scheduled for the 2020–21 season have been canceled. During this time, Guild Hall and HamptonsFilm will join select cinemas across the globe to exhibit a selection of encore titles from past Live in HD transmissions. Thanks to special permission from East Hampton Village Mayor Jerry Larsen and the Village Trustees, this beloved program will go on the road to Main Beach, 104 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton, for a safe and unique viewing experience. Admission is $80 per car and the lineup includes Carmen on April 3, Madama Butterfly on April 17, and Porgy & Bess on May 1.

“There’s moonlight in the world, and there is magic. What better way to celebrate both and the arrival of spring than with some of the greatest music ever written? Bizet, Puccini, Gershwin – and how fun to see and hear it all from the comfort of your four wheels.  When was the last time you went to a drive-in movie? When was the last time you went to the beach to see a drive-in opera? Guild Hall and HamptonsFilm bring the beauty to you with Met Under Moonlight.” says Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director, the John Drew Theater.

Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of HamptonsFilm says “After last Summer and the October festival’s successful drive-ins, we jumped at the chance to partner with Guild Hall to present such a unique and exciting drive-in experience utilizing our full compliment of drive-in equipment. We know how much we all want to be in theaters, and this is our way of continuing to showcase incredible art during the waning days of quarantine.”

In addition to the films, Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) will be offering three pre-opera Behind the Screen virtual programs on Thursday, April 1, 15 and 29 at 6pm EST. BCBC presents interactive sessions in collaboration with Guild Hall, uniting singers from the MET Stage, the Guild Hall audience, and the golden voices of the past. Join BCBC co-founders Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, for a discussion with three emerging singers as they share their experiences of preparing, rehearsing, and performing on the MET Stage — and hear them sing. Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s Audiophile Society, then guides our ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format, connecting the contemporary experience to past performance.

“Guild Hall and Bel Canto Boot Camp have quickly become strong collaborators. We share a common objective of breaking down barriers between artist/patron or performer/audience member, and a true passion for supporting emerging artists – evident in this program,” says Anthony Madonna, Patti Kenner Senior Associate for Learning & Public Engagement. “Over three Thursday evenings we will learn the preparation and thrill that comes from performing on the Metropolitan stage as each singer reflects on their experience in the corresponding MET Live in HD screening as part of the Met Under Moonlight series.” 

Screenings are weather dependent and may be cancelled due to rain or extreme cold. Refunds will be available in case of cancellation.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, April 3 at 7:30pm
Met Under Moonlight: Carmen – Live in HD Encore

Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča stars as the iconic Gypsy in Richard’s Eyre’s acclaimed 2010 production. With dances created by star choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet’s thrilling tale to life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.

Run Time: 3 hours including one 10-minute intermission

Plus…

Thursday, April 1 at 6pm EST
Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process – Carmen

Opera on the Fly with Janai Brugger

International soprano Janai Brugger will relate her experience, as many singers do when getting their start on the biggest stages, of singing the role of Micaëla in Carmen with minimal stage rehearsal. Janai’s credits at the MET include performances of Liù in Turandot, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Jemmy in William Tell, among others.

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Saturday, April 17 at 7:30pm
Met Under Moonlight: Madama Butterfly – Live in HD Encore

Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production of Puccini’s tragedy returns to cinemas with soprano Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including one 10-minute intermission

Plus…

Thursday, April 15 at 6pm EST
Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process – Madama Butterfly

The Big Debut with Megan Esther Grey

Mezzo-soprano and former MET Lindemann Young Artist Megan Esther Grey joins BCBC and Guild Hall to discuss her experience singing many performances of Kate Pinkerton on the MET stage and on the HD broadcast, all while covering (understudying) the influential role of Suzuki, Butterfly’s maid and confidante.

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Saturday, May 1 at 8pm
Met Under Moonlight: The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – Live in HD Encore

James Robinson’s vibrant production of America’s favorite opera was a smash hit of the Met’s 2019–20 season. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards.

Run Time: 3 hours and 6 minutes including one 10-minute intermission

Plus…

Thursday, April 29 at 6pm EST
Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process – Porgy & Bess

Opera of our Time with Chanae Curtis

Join BCBC and special guest Chanae Curtis, soprano, who made her debut as Annie in the MET’s production of Porgy and Bess to get an inside perspective on being part of this monumental, timely Opening Night production.


 Photo Credits, L to R:

  1. A scene from Act II of Bizet’s “Carmen” with Elina Garanca (center) in the title role. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. Taken at the Metropolitan Opera during the dress rehearsal on December 28, 2009.
  2. Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and Maria Zifchak as Suzuki in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera
  3. Angel Blue as Bess and Eric Owens as Porgy in the Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess.” Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Theater Programming is supported, in part, by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Barbara Slifka, The Schaffner Family Foundation, Brown Harris Stevens, Michael Balmuth, Lang Insurance, Marders, and funding from The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.

Education Programming is supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, Lucy and Steven Cookson, The Wunderkinder Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

All Musical Programming is supported in part by The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming.

The Met Opera simulcasts at Guild Hall are made possible in part through the generosity of:

Grand Tier: Dr. Ralph Gibson, in memory of Andy Jacobyansky, who generously shared his passion, knowledge and support for the opera, The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming, Howie and Louise Phanstiel, The East Hampton Star, and Norbert Weissberg, in memory of his brother, Dr. Joseph H. Weissberg, a Wagner scholar

Dress Circle: Maureen Bluedorn, Norma Giorgetti in memory of Mary-Anne Szabaga, Barbara Horgan, Patti Kenner, Alex Laughlin, David Seeler and Ngaere Macray, Maryam K. Seley, and Irene and Sidney Silverman.

Balcony Circle: Gabrielle Bamberger, Harriet Edwards, Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust, Laughlin Memorial Library, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Osborne, Stephen F. Patterson in memory of George W. Stewart, Veronica Stephens, Mary Stone, Sandra Thorn, Peter Van Hattum in memory of Harold Simmons

Family Circle (*Gold): Carolyn and Gioacchino Balducci, Arlene Bujese and Marcel Bally*, Ann and George Davis, Robert F. Luckey*, Pamela and Robert Lund, Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel*, Cornelia and Lawrence Randolph, Debbie and Alex Walter*, and Jane Wood

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Guild Hall Announces the Winners of the 83rd Artist Members Exhibition

Antwaun Sargent making his selections. Credit Joe Brondo for Guild Hall.

Guild Hall announced on Friday the winners of the 83rd Artist Members Exhibition, with eight awards selected from exactly 426 submissions. AME attracts remarkable art world professionals as jurors who assign awards in a wide variety of categories. This year, Guild Hall was thrilled to assign that role to Gagosian Curator and Director Antwaun Sargent, who spent Friday morning in the galleries reviewing the works and making his selections. The Top Honor was awarded to Linda Reville Eisenberg for her 2019 oil on canvas painting, Lee. Continuing the tradition, Eisenberg will be given a solo exhibition in the museum at a future date to be determined. AME galleries will be open to the public March 6 through April 10, Friday to Sunday, 12-5pm.

“I really appreciated, as a juror, being able to come into this community of artists to see their work,” said Awards Juror Antwaun Sargent. “I think open submission exhibitions like these are so crucial because it allows for a wider group of artists to participate in the art world. One of the things we have learned this past year is the importance of supporting our communities, and I think an exhibition like this is one way we can support artists.”

“It is so exciting to see the abundance of talent that comes out to celebrate at Guild Hall.  We are thrilled to have works in every media represented and to have had our distinguished Awards Juror, Antwaun Sargent, select works for special recognition. While installing the show I was continually impressed by the quality, innovation and energy of the works, which is a testament to the vitality of the arts community on the East End”, said Christina Strassfield, Museum Director and Chief Curator.

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Top Honors: Linda Reville Eisenberg, Lee, 2019, oil on canvas
Best Abstract: Irwin Weinbaum, Good Day Sunshine, 2019, acrylic on canvas
Best Representational: Doug Reina, Truck, 2019, oil and wax on panel
Best Photograph: Catherine Berclaz, Quintessence, 2019
Best Work on Paper: Mahbobe Ghods, Undo, 2019, print on paper
Best Sculpture: Julian Mardoyan-Smyth, Box #4, 2015, cone 10 stoneware, raku fired
Best Mixed Media: Bastienne Schmidt, Grids, 2019, mixed media on canvas
Catherine and Theo Hios Best Landscape Award: Jane Kastan, Amagansett Blues, 2019, photograph

Honorable Mentions:
Gina D’Orazio, Rogue, 2019, low fire clay and glaze
Karen Kemp, Two Boats, II, 2019, oil on board
Jean Mahoney, Morning Calm, 2019, oil
Mike McLaughlin, This Plaza, 2019, pigment ink print on Epson Legacy Fibre
Min-Myn Schaffner, Fire Place, 2019, oil on linen
Shi, Point of You, 2019, acrylic on canvas
Stuart Silverman, Torque 2, 2019, alabaster
John A. Stefanik, Twilight Bass Fishing, East Hampton, 2019, black and white photograph

The first Artist Members Exhibition took place in 1938, shortly after Guild Hall’s inception in 1931. The exhibition is the oldest non-juried show on Long Island and one of the few non-juried exhibitions still running. Deeply rooted in the history of the East End artist colony, early participants included Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Alfonso Ossorio, Perle Fine, Bill King, James Brooks, Charlotte Park, John Little and many more, showing their support of Guild Hall and its role as their community Museum, Theater, and Education Center.

A new tradition of creating an ecommerce website in conjunction with the exhibition continues this year with works available for purchase online ranging from $50 to $150,000, offering something for every collector, from beginners to experienced.

Gallery tours will be offered in person and virtually with Executive Director Andrea Grover, Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield, and Curatorial Assistant Casey Dalene, as well as a digital 360-degree self-guided tour for those who are unable to visit in person. In-person tours are limited capacity and reservations are required.

This fall Guild Hall will present the works of 2018 Top Honor winner Jeff Muhs, from October 30 through January 2.

For more information on viewing the exhibition visit www.guildhall.org.

About Antwaun Sargent

Antwaun Sargent is the newly appointed Curator and Director of Gagosian and a writer based in New York City. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and various art publications. Sargent is the author of “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” (Aperture) and the editor of “Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists” (DAP).

FREE ADMISSION is generously funded by Dime Community Bank and Landscape Details. 

The Artist Members Exhibition is supported, in part, by the Giuppy Nantista Fund and the Helen Hoie Fund.

Museum Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment

Antwaun Sargent with the winning entry above his left shoulder.
L/R: Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover, Museum Director/Chief Curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Awards Juror Antwaun Sargent, and Special Events & Corporate Relations Manager Kristen Lee Curcie.
Top Honors winner: Linda Reville Eisenberg, Lee, 2019, Oil on canvas.

 

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GUILD HALL ANNOUNCES FULL MARCH SCHEDULE

Guild Hall announced today a diverse lineup of programs taking place this month including the opening of the 83rd Annual Artist Members Exhibition, virtual artist talks, a star-studded YouTube premiere of the new play Squeaky, the continuation of the GH Artist-in-Residence program with author Mark Sarvas, and Bel Canto Boot Camp Sunday Matinées. But the big news comes with the announcement of Met Under Moonlight. With support from East Hampton Village Mayor Jerry Larsen and the Trustees, Guild Hall will temporarily relocate its popular Met Opera series to Main Beach for a special drive-in experience presented with HamptonsFilm. Additionally, Bel Canto Boot Camp will offer thematic “Behind the Screen” interactive sessions leading up to the high-def screenings for deeper understanding and appreciation.
 

Ring the Alarm…A conversation with Shinique Smith and Renee Cox
Friday, March 5 at 6pm EST

Q&A Moderated by Phyllis Hollis

The series, which began in 2020, is inspired by a forthcoming Guild Hall exhibition of black artists that Renee Cox, a new member of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts, will be co-curating for the summer of 2023. Previous conversations with Cox included Derrick Adams and Sanford Biggers, focused on empowerment, the black experience, and issues of contemporary life.

 

Photo by Jessica Dalene

83rd Artist Members Exhibition
March 6 – April 10

This year Guild Hall celebrates its 90th Anniversary and its 83rd Artist Members Exhibition, and we are thrilled to announce Gagosian Director and Curator Antwaun Sargent as the awards juror. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 5.

Gallery Tours

Executive Director’s Choice with Andrea Grover
Friday, March 12 at 12pm

Curatorial Assistant’s Choice with Casey Dalene
Friday, March 19 at 12pm

Meet the Winners
Saturday, March 20 at 2pm

Museum Director’s Choice with Christina Mossaides Strassfield 
Friday, March 26 at 12pm

 

Artist-in-Residence Showcase: Mark Sarvas
Thursday, March 11 at 7pm

Author Mark Sarvas will discuss his 2019 American Book Award-winning novel, Memento Park, and will read from new works/excerpts written during his time as a Guild House Artist-in-Residence. The evening is produced in partnership with BookHampton and copies of Sarvas’ Memento Park are available for purchase at their storefront or online. 

 

Guild Hall and HamptonsFilm present Met Under Moonlight
Drive-In Opera Screenings at Main Beach, East Hampton

The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – Live in HD Encore 
Saturday, March 20 at 7:30pm

$60 per car

James Robinson’s vibrant production of America’s favorite opera was a smash hit of the Met’s 2019–20 season. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards.

Save the Dates:

April 3 at 7:30pm: Carmen
April 17 at 7:30pm: Madama Butterfly
May 1 at 8pm: Met Stars Live in Concert – Renée Fleming & Jonas Kaufmann

 
Bel Canto Boot Camp: Audiophile Society
Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp

Thursday, March 18 at 6pm:​Opera for Our Time – Join Bel Canto Boot Camp and special guest ​Chanae Curtis, soprano​, who made her debut as Annie in the MET’s production of ​Porgy and Bess​

Thursday, April 1 at 6pm: Opera on the Fly – International soprano Janai Brugger​

Thursday, April 15 at 6pm: The Big DebutMezzo – Soprano and former MET Lindemann Young Artist ​Megan Esther Grey

The Singer’s Process – Bel Canto Boot Camp presents interactive sessions in collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, unitingsingers from the MET Stage, the Guild Hall audience, and the golden voices of the past. Get an inside view ofthree exciting singers’ experiences as they prepared, rehearsed, and performed on one of the world’s mostrevered stages — and hear them sing! Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s ​Audiophile Society​, guidesour ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format — tellus what you hear in real time!

 

Bel Canto Boot Camp: March Sunday Matinées
Sundays, March 7-28 at 3pm 

Sunday Matinée’s is a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, curator of Audiophile Society and expert on all things recorded, we will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there. The sessions heavily use the chat feature on zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, we do not have to wait till intermission to share our thoughts and excitement about what we hear! 

Upcoming Dates: 
Sundays, April 4–25 at 3pm
Sundays, May 2–30 at 3pm 

 

Guild Hall in Association with Creative Alliance presents
A Virtual Reading of SQUEAKY by Jeff Cohen
Sunday, March 28 at 7:30pm

Directed by Bob Balaban
Starring Jessica Hecht, Marc Kudisch, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ben Shenkman, and Harris Yulin

Drama Desk Award-winner Jeff Cohen (The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller) has penned an audacious autobiographical comedy about his eccentric dad, Stan “Squeaky” Cohen. SQUEAKY is about wrestling with end-of-life issues while maintaining your sense of humor.
 
SPONSORS

Ring the Alarm Media Partner: The Cerebral Woman

Museum Programming supported in part by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, an anonymous donor, Crozier Fine Arts, and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

Free admission is generously funded by Dime Community Bank and Landscape Details.  

AIR Sponsors
Principal Sponsors: Lucy and Steven Cookson, and The Wunderkinder Foundation 
Lead Sponsor: Christina and Alan MacDonald 
Co-Sponsor: Bobbie Braun-The Neuwirth Foundation
Additional Support: Nina Gillman 

Education Programming supported by The Patti Kenner Arts Education Fellowship, Lucy and Steven Cookson, The Wunderkinder Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and funding from the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Endowment Fund, and The Melville Straus Family Endowment. 

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