This week, NYSCA grantees announce record-breaking attendance of 7 million, get ready for a 500-performance festival including a 3-D sound immersive igloo, celebrate 100th and 150th anniversaries, and more.
7 Frank Lloyd Wright Windows to Go Home
“Hundreds of windows that Frank Lloyd Wright designed in the early 1900s for the Martin House Complex in Buffalo, N.Y., have ended up scattered in private and museum collections. Seven of them are about to return to the newly restored house, which was built for the soapmaking magnate Darwin Martin. The panes, patterned with green and gold checkerboards and chevrons, have long belonged to the University of Victoria in Canada, which is donating them to the house museum. Mary F. Roberts, the Martin complex’s executive director, said her team has spent years requesting the windows’ return from the university and from many other institutions. Many panes and other architectural components were removed during the Martin property’s decades of mid-20th-century neglect and then surfaced on the market. The University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Galleries will put the Martin windows on view for two months starting July 15, in an exhibition, ‘So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.’ After that, experts will reinstall the panes at the house…Among the institutions that own Martin windows are the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla.” NYSCA supports the Darwin Martin House through our Architecture + Design Program.
Metropolitan Museum Sets New Attendance Record with 7 Million Visitors
The Metropolitan Museum of Art “announced yesterday that it set a new record for annual attendance of seven million visitors, which surpasses last year’s then-record high of 6.7 million. Attendance has been growing over the last couple of years, exceeding six million since 2012. The figures, which were recorded over this past fiscal year ending on June 30, represent visitors across the museum’s three locations: the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Cloisters, and the Met Breuer. According to a press release, the jump in attendance stems primarily from the stream of people visiting the Met Breuer, which opened in the former Whitney Museum building last spring. It received a total of 505,590 visitors, nearly half of whom were counted in the attendance for the new location’s inaugural show on unfinished artworks. The rest of the numbers are divided almost evenly between the exhibition on Diane Arbus’s early photos and Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective.” NYSCA supports the Metropolitan Museum through our Museum and Presenting Programs.
Buffalo Billion II money to finance Graycliff visitor center, beach access
“The Graycliff Conservancy is setting its sights on a new visitor and interpretive center with restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff Estate in Derby now assured. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed in a ceremony on the grounds what was reported six months ago: The State of New York, through the Buffalo Billion II program, will provide $3.7 million to complete all interior, landscaping and beach access work on the 8 1/2-acre estate designed for businessman Darwin Martin and wife, Isabelle. ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’s genius brought beauty and grandeur to Buffalo and Western New York in the early days of the 20th century, and with the completion of the Graycliff manor project that legacy is preserved for the 21st century and beyond,’ Hochul said. Graycliff Conservancy president Charles Le Fevre expressed gratitude to the state for pushing the 20-year restoration project across the finish line. Work is expected to be completed on the Isabelle Martin House and smaller Foster House in 2018, as well as on the landscaping and gardens. Restoration of the Martin House Complex in North Buffalo is also expected to be finished next year with Buffalo Billion II dollars.” NYSCA supports Graycliff through our Architecture + Design Program.
3-D sound-immersive igloo, more than 500 performances among Fringe Festival lineup
For the sixth annual KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival running September 14-23, producer Erica Fee announced the return of the glittering Spiegeltent and additions including “a 40-foot, 3D, sound-immersive igloo, ‘with eight speakers to sooth and calm you after your difficult Fringe day.’ Difficult, in that the 10-day event will be impossible for a single human to experience in full, with 500 performances and more than two-dozen venues.” Comedian John Mulaney and French street theater company Plasticiens Volants are the headliners. “The rapidly-growing event drew 68,000 people last year with its mix of dance, music, theater, visual arts, comedy and puppets. This year will be a similar buffet of irreverence and serious arts… A closed-off Gibbs Street, renamed Fringe Street, with be host to free weekend events featuring local musicians and the breakdance competition ‘Street Beat’ on the second weekend of the fest. Teams can sign up for the competition at rochesterfringe.com. The free outdoor spectacles have become a signature moment at the Rochester Fringe, drawing thousands of people.” NYSCA supports the Rochester Fringe Festival through our Presenting Program.
Cazenovia Counterpoint celebrates anniversary of women’s suffrage with art, music and literature
” ‘Celebrating Suffrage: Kindling the Flame,’ the 37th Cazenovia Counterpoint Festival for the expressive arts, will highlight staged scenes from a newly commissioned opera about Matilda Jocelyn Gage. The July 21 event is part of the annual celebration of visual, musical and literary arts [and venture of the Society for New Music] that draws crowds to the historic village throughout July…The new opera, ‘Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage,’ which will be staged in full later in the SNM season, is by Persis Parshall Vehar with libretto by Gabrielle Vehar. It tells the story of the Fayetteville native who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to spark the women’s suffrage movement.” NYSCA supported the creation of the opera through our Regional Economic Development Council initiative and also supports the Society for New Music through our Music and Arts Education Programs.
As Glimmerglass returns, economic impact grows
“For the Cooperstown area, baseball isn’t the only game in town. Now in its 43rd season, the Glimmerglass Festival in Springfield Center is continuing to bring jobs and visitors to the area through its world-renowned operas and classics of American musical theater. Founded in 1975, the festival has continued to grow every year since. ‘Every year we welcome about 30,000 to 35,000 people to the festival,’ said Francesca Zambello, artistic and general director of the Glimmerglass Festival. These patrons support the opera and local businesses, she said. Local restaurants and lodging accommodations also benefit from the visitors…Opera-goers also visit the towns surrounding Cooperstown, and many stay at the American Hotel in Sharon Springs. ‘Opera patrons tend to stay for three or four days so that they can see all of the operas, and we often have returnees,’ general manager Austin Jetton said…The Glimmerglass Festival employs about 30 people year-round, but its payroll increases to 350 people in the summer, according to industry figures. There is a wide variety of jobs available in such roles as commissary, singing and scenery. According to public tax records available from Guidestar.org, there has been a steady increase in expenses spent on payrolls, salaries and employee benefits, with a 22.29 percent increase from 2012 to 2013 and a 4.37 percent increase from 2013 to 2014. The Glimmerglass Festival also has many summer jobs available for local teenagers.” NYSCA supports the Glimmerglass Festival through our Music Program.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta celebrates 100 years of music
“The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is entering its 100th season of performance, celebrating its long history through special events and remembering how the small orchestra fought to survive through the years…The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is one of only a handful of orchestras in the United States older than 100 years and has seen struggles and changes to provide the Adirondacks with orchestral music. In 1917 the Lake Placid Club began inviting 11 musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to play seven concerts a week…The sinfonietta as it is known today was brought about in 1939 after the musicians were pulled from Lake Placid as the Boston orchestra’s Tanglewood venue opened. The Lake Placid Club, which had hosted the musicians’ seven concerts a week, commissioned Paul White to organize 10 musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic and pick up the responsibility of bringing orchestra music to the Adirondacks…When the club was converted into an Army rest center…during World War II, the sinfonietta was not able to perform for the year…returning in 1946, the number of musicians and the music library grew as White included works from community composers including Lake Placid’s Victor Herbert and Bela Bartok, who spent time in Saranac Lake…By 1982, the newly incorporated Lake Placid Sinfonietta Inc. had raised a budget of $35,000 and has continued to put on annual shows to this day. A July 27 Centennial Gala will include a free fireworks show set to Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ suite. A Legacy concert on Aug. 6 has an open invitation to all musicians who have performed in past years.” NYSCA supports the Lake Placid Sinfonietta through our Music Program.
Learn About 150 Years of Prospect Park History With a New Exhibit at Brooklyn Historical Society
“Prospect Park is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and Brooklyn Historical Society is joining in on the festivities with a new exhibit. The exhibit, The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, will examine the history of the park that’s become known as Brooklyn’s backyard. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who transformed an expanse of forest and swamp into an iconic green space. The history of the park will be told through informative panels and over 150 documents and objects. Postcards, scrapbooks and photographs will all be used to illustrate the relationship between the park and the public. Artifacts of note will include Olmsted and Vaux’s original plan of the Park…” NYSCA supports the Brooklyn Historical Society through our Museum Program.