Inbox [June 8]: Exhibit opens at City Hall, Assumption gets $1M for new building, Auburn Rotary honored, Mass. Symphony announces summer dates

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Courtesy Worcester Cultural Coalition and Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith’s “Sunflower with Barn”

Worcester Windows summer exhibit on view

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers and the Seven Hills Camera Club in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition are pleased to announce the Worcester Windows new Summer exhibition “Summertime” located at the Community Gallery in the basement level of City Hall, 455 Main St. is ready to view.

The new exhibit features a nostalgic assortment of photographic styles representing “Where we love to be when the weather gets hot.” Curated by Priscilla Messinger of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, participating artists include: Judy Belben, Bob See, Cheryl Rosen, Dennis Smith, Don Ricklin, Heather Liolios, JoAnn Audette, J. Paul Gordon, Lisa Shea, Pam Pollan, Priscilla Messinger, Scott Erskine, Shannon Manassa, Susan Walsh, Troy B. Thompson. Many of the photographs on exhibit are for sale and help contribute to and encourage the continued work of local photographers in the area.

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the downtown area. Worcester Windows provides display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically by successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a creative city. This initiative brings artwork to the public and showcases local talent, and establishes itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists sell their artwork.

See more of the photos on the city of Worcester website

New academic building

Courtesy Assumption College

An artist’s rendering of the new academic building to be built on the campus of Assumption College.

Alden Trust awards Assumption $1M for new building

Assumption College announced the Trustees of the George I. Alden Trust have awarded a $1 million grant to the college in support of the construction of its new “state-of-the-art academic building”. The grant is among the highest the trust has awarded to an institution of higher learning of Assumption’s size.

The grant was the result of a thorough application process that included a campus visit by Alden Trust representatives. In support of the new academic building, Alden Trust trustees noted, “we view this as an exceptionally large grant in part because of the pivotal role this new facility will play in the Assumption College education for your students.”

Read the entire story on the Assumption College website

Steve Jones-D'Agostino

Courtesy Cheryl Rosen, Hudson Rotary

Auburn Rotary President-elect Steve Jones-D’Agostino (left) was honored along with Dick Andersen (right) of Littleton Rotary with Rotarians of the Year Awards from Governor Jim Fusco (center). Steve is the district’s webmaster and newsletter editor.

Auburn Rotary Wins One International, Two District Awards

The Rotary Club of Auburn may be one of the smallest clubs in both Rotary District 7910, which covers Central Massachusetts and MetroWest, and Rotary International, which has more than 34,000 clubs worldwide.

However, the 72-year-old club revived 16 months ago following a one-year hiatus, still managed to take home two district awards and one international award during the 2016 District Conference, held in May in Plymouth.

Les Davis won the Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award, President-elect Steve Jones-D’Agostino was named Rotarian of the Year and the club won a district public-relations award for Unique and Innovative Use of PR. President Marcia Davis accepted the award.

Read the entire story and see more photos on the Rotary Club of Auburn website

Mass. Symphony Orchestra

Courtesy Mass. Symphony Orchestra (Patrick O'Connor)

The Mass. Symphony Orchestra announces three July concerts as part of its 66th consecutive season of open-air concerts in Worcester.

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra 66th Season of Free Outdoor Concerts

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform three free outdoor summer concerts in July, marking the ensemble’s 66th consecutive season of open-air concerts in Worcester. For the fifth consecutive year title sponsor of the series is Charter and Charter TV 3.

The performances kick off with the Symphony Center Stage at East Park (Cristoforo Colombo Park) for Worcester’s annual Independence Holiday Celebration at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1. “Rock the Fourth” will be conducted by Myron Romanul, and soloists with the orchestra include soprano Jane Shivick, tenor Michael Calmes, vocalist and keyboard player Mitch Chakour and guitarist Cliff Goodwin.

The second concert will be a Salute to Disney at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Institute Park, with conductor Romanul. Vocal soloists will be Monica Hatch, soprano, and Chauncey Matthews, tenor.

The third concert will be a pops concert of symphonic chamber works celebrating the dedication of Institute Park’s new gazebo performance pavilion and will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Institute Park. Maestro Romanul, conducting again, First Kapellmeister of the State Theatre in Munich, Germany, was formerly Arthur Fiedler’s touring pianist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

For more information visit the Mass. Symphony Orchestra’s

— Cindy Henderson

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