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TUPPER LAKE — William Tortolano, St. Michael’s College in Vermont, will give a multi-media presentation on the Group of Seven, an influential early 20th century group of Canadian painters, on Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the Tupper Arts Center. This talk, rescheduled from earlier this year, is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. The arts center is located at 106 Park Street.

The Seven felt that Canadians would recognize themselves if they saw the beauty of their landscape. This program displays their works in the form of slides, videos and music clips, as well as comments, followed by a question and answer session. This presentation will also be presented online via Zoom, with a link coming soon at tupperarts.org.

This is the second of two presentations by distinguished guest speakers as part of a series of speakers co-hosted by Tupper Arts and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. Contributions from these talks will benefit the programs at both arts centres.

The first talk, on January 6, featured Harold Rosenbaum, founder of The New York Virtuoso Singers and part-time resident of Tupper Lake, delivering a talk he called “A Brief History of Classical Music.” The program is also presented on Zoom, and the recording will be available for viewing after both talks are over.

Tortolano has been a visiting scholar at Trinity, St. Catherine’s and King’s Colleges in Cambridge, England, and has also held fellowships with the National Foundation for the Humanities at Yale University and researched Gregorian Chant at St. Pierre de Solesmes. He is the author of “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Anglo-Black Composers,” “Original Music for a Male Voice,” “Mass and Composers of the Twentieth Century,” as well as more than 35 music editions from GIA Publications.

The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, AY Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, JEH MacDonald, and Frederick Varley. Inspired by Thom Thomson, these Canadian artists feel that Canadian regions create artistic mosaics in their diversity: Maritimes, Rockies, Plains, Old Quebec, First Nations, and others.

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