Arts and Culture

Leonard Bernstein’s legacy in Lawrence

Leonard Bernstein’s legacy in Lawrence

Students are learning the universal language of music

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. –Leonard Bernstein   ON A RECENT AUGUST DAY, students gathered around a piano on a stage at Lawrence High School. They were rehearsing the forthcoming production of “West Side Story,” written by a composer born just(...)

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Berkshire Museum’s art sale

THE BOSTON GLOBE editorial page offered its support over the weekend for the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell off 40 of its most valued works of art, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell. The editorial acknowledged the proposed sale is unprecedented in the museum world, but said the financially struggling Pittsfield-based institution has little choice. “Absent an(...)

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The promise of MASS MoCA

The promise of MASS MoCA

The museum’s latest expansion is a hit, but its impact on the struggling town of North Adams remains a work in progress

Photographs by Michael Manning TWO YOUNG MEN from Brooklyn tentatively inch down the hallway, holding onto a handrail because it’s so dark. They turn a corner and the room in front of them opens up, filled with intense light of different colors.  They make their way to a bench and sit down, mesmerized by a large(...)

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BPL’s special collections dilemma

The swift-moving narrative on management of the Boston Public Library is likely to take another turn this week, as a consultant’s report suggests inadequate staffing and funding may be the primary causes of the problems plaguing the facility’s special collections. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s focus so far has been on the need for management changes.(...)

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