July 6 & 7, 2018
Quent Cordair Fine Art
1301 First Street, Napa, California
Join us FRIDAY JULY 6th & SATURDAY JULY 7th for a weekend of art, wine, music, drama, art history, music theory and more!
Reserve your seat for only $25 total cost. Call the gallery today. 707-255-2242
~ PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE ~
FRIDAY EVENING, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art, Wine & Music Reception
A reception in the gallery, with excellent wine, splendid art, and live music on the grand piano by a platinum-award winning composer.
We are pleased and honored to announce that platinum-award winning composer/music producer Mars Lasar will be joining us at the grand piano Friday evening.
Born in Germany, raised in Australia, Mars Lasar is a prolific keyboardist and composer. Mars started playing piano at 11 years old, and over a few years of extensive classical and jazz training, he rapidly became drawn to all kinds of music. At 14, Mars began composing, recording and publishing his own music professionally.
The lovely and talented Tori Anna Sophia, Napa Valley singer/songwriter, American Idol contestant, is scheduled to join us to share a sampling from her Doris Day repertoire. Tori Anna was the top female finisher in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Highschool Vocal competition in 2012.
Our friends from Capp Heritage Vineyards will be offering complimentary tastings Friday evening for our guests. ~
SATURDAY 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Turn-of-the-Century Artist-Entrepreneurs: Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies, Parrish
Dianne Durante, PhD
“In the late 19th and early 20th century, the most capitalistic era in American history, it was considered normal that the immense popularity of Augustus Saint Gaudens, Frederick MacMonnies and Maxfield Parrish should earn them substantial wealth. MacMonnies’ annual income in the mid-1890s reputedly reached $300,000 (about $7.5 million today). In 1925, one of every four American homes had a print of Maxfield Parrish’s Daybreak.
“This lecture gives a brief overview of the life and notable works of Saint Gaudens, MacMonnies and Parrish, within the historical, political, economic and philosophical framework of the period between the Civil War and World War I. If you enjoy hearing about intelligent, hard-working, innovative, highly skilled and profit-minded men making piles of money by creating beautiful works of art, then this lecture is for you.”
Dianne Durante, PhD in Classical Philology, is an art historian, independent researcher, freelance writer, lecturer, and tour guide.
SATURDAY 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Music and the American Left ~ A Study in Subterfuge
“In 1943, Ayn Rand exposed the intensity with which the American Left sought to inject socialist propaganda into literature and film by observing, ‘In the last ten years, the Reds have done a good job of building up literary celebrities for their own purposes. … These celebrities then appear on Red committees, endorse Red causes, build up other Red names, and the racket works as the radicals’ best propaganda method. … Look how savagely they have defended the art field from all intrusions of conservatives. They know its value.’ But literature was not the only fine art which American leftists (supported spiritually, and often financially, by the Soviet Union) conspired to dominate, and the full story of how socialists worked from behind the scenes throughout the twentieth century to transform American classical music into an instrument of communist propaganda has never been told. In this presentation, the covert methods employed by statists to control this country’s concert artists, symphonies, opera, and even ballet companies will be explored with reference to specific case studies. Images and recorded excerpts will also be used to help illustrate the power of the philosophic ideas that govern the marketing of art—and their inevitable political consequences.”
Stephen Siek is a pianist, musicologist, and piano historian; former professor of music at Wittenberg University; author of England’s Piano Sage: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay and A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist.
SATURDAY 3:00-4:30 p.m.
An Introduction and Discussion: What Music Is and Does
Based on the speaker’s monograph, which includes essays inspired by Objectivism on music. A brief overview of a theory of music esthetics, with time for interaction with the audience on issues of interest.
David Berry is the Professor of Music History, Theory and Composition at the School of the Arts/Petrie School of Music, Converse College
SATURDAY 7 p.m.
Wine Tasting & Education with winemaker Chris Daniel
Learn the nuances of wine tasting with a winemaker who makes Viognier, Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Syrah.
Smell, swirl, taste, and ask questions.
SATURDAY 8 p.m.
“An Uncomfortable Silence”
A short play written by Quent Cordair, performed by Hunter Schaufel & Elizabeth Brazil.
Elizabeth Brazil is an 18 year old singer, songwriter, and actress from Vacaville, California. She has been in over 15 productions at her Alma mater, Justin-Siena High school. Her favorite roll was Miss Adelaide in her senior year production of Guys and Dolls. She plans on pursuing her Broadway dreams in the fall and will be attending Marymount Manhattan College in the heart of New York City, New York.
Hunter Schaufel is a dedicated actor and recent graduate of Justin-Siena High School, where he studied and performed under the direction of James Thomas Bailey and vocal director Vivian McLaughlin. He has benefited, additionally, from five years of vocal instruction under Connie Lisec and foundational instruction in dance under choreographer and teacher Lisa Clark Schmeling. He recently received top marks in his acting exam administered by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Hunter looks forward to pursuing a career in product design and engineering, and is excited to begin classes as an undergraduate in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering program in the fall.
A Program of Russian, Spanish & American music
Stephen Siek, piano
Thomas Shoebotham, cello
David Berry, Composer & Commentator
American conductor and cellist Thomas Shoebotham performs a Spanish sonata for solo cello. Equally at home on the concert stage and in the opera and ballet pit, Thomas Shoebotham conducts frequently with professional, community, and youth ensembles, collaborating with notable singers, dancers, and instrumentalists to bring “rousing, colorful” presentations to a variety of audiences.
Stephen Siek performs works for piano by Borodin, Scriabin, Kreisler-Rachmaninoff, Reinagle, and a reprise of David Berry’s “Cordair Gallery” Suite, inspired by art in the gallery, first performed on the 2008 QCFA Arts Cruise.
Touching the Surface (Tom Seirak)
Henry’s Night Out (Quent Cordair)
Prometheus (Danielle Anjou)
Young Builder (Bryan Larsen)
Gaia’s Breath (Martin Eichinger)
The Anchorage (Bryan Larsen)
SUNDAY 10 a.m.
Mimosas, coffee, delectable treats, and of course art!
~ PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE ~
Napa Lodging: A special discount has been arranged at the beautiful new Archer Hotel located across the street from the gallery. Find availability and rates at https://archerhotel.com/napa/book/quent-cordair-fine-art
Additional lodging can be found that weekend starting at approximately $160 per night (at the time of this post) at other area hotels and bed and breakfasts. Groups of friends might consider an AirBnB home rental.
Attendees will receive goodie bags filled with local coupons, dining information, and sightseeing options.
Let us know if you would like to explore Napa while you are here and we can connect you with delicious wine-tasting opportunities at some of our favorite places.
Check back for additional program updates, lodging, dining and sightseeing suggestions.
For more information call Linda Cordair at 707-255-2242 or visit our event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/172009640082042/.