Celebrating the Luminous: Music of Mozart, and Stained Glass Art February 18, 2007

At closing of the 250th birth anniversary of Mozart, two gatherings at Gustin House on February 18 celebrated once again the composer's wonderful music and took delight in the beauty of glass art. Soprano Sarah Vardy and pianist Gregory Schulte performed three of Mozart’s lieder, arias from The Marriage of Figaro, and the Laudate Dominum. Lee Brady, showing his recent fused glass works along with photos of commissioned stained glass installations, spoke about his work in these media. To conclude the program, Michael Swan and Mr. Schulte performed Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major for Violin and Piano, K.454.

Joan Halmo introduced the program with a brief history of the Musical Art Club, which was founded by Lyell Gustin in 1924 and which held its 600th meeting in February 2007. She noted that the February 18 events were themselves a realization of the ideal of Dr. Gustin in bringing together members of the cultural community and friends to share music and the arts. As the five previous inter-arts programs held at Gustin House since autumn 2005 had drawn ever-increasing numbers, both a matinée and a soirée took place on February 18, with a full house each time. Photos below are by Michael Pomedli.