November events at MWPAI include Beethoven talk, quartet concert, Victorian Yuletide

Published Nov 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

UTICA — There’s more to Beethoven than those four infamous and ominous notes (bum-bum-bum-BUM).

Jeffrey Siegel reveals some surprising facts about the great composer as the 2018-2019 season of Keyboard Conversations continues 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Sinnott Family – Bank of Utica Auditorium at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

“The Joyous Music of Beethoven” will explore some of the cheerful music of the celebrated composer.

Who was Theresa and what did she do to inspire her own Sonata? For whom did he compose the Farewell Sonata and why was he so deeply affected by their departure? Mr. Siegel will also explore the composer’s energetic Polonaise and the hilarious Rage Over a Lost Penny. Yes, Beethoven was funny. Who knew?

The Keyboard Conversations format offers listeners the opportunity to discover the influences that affected the creation of the music presented. Siegel shares details about each composition that lead the audience to realize the subtleties and intricacies of these great works. The evening concludes with a session of questions and answers with Siegel.

Admission is $36.50, $31.50 for MWPAI members. Call 315-797-0055 or 1-800-754-0797. Tickets are also available at

School of Art workshops

Register at or 315-797-8260

• Pattern Design (Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Ages 18 + / All Levels / Eloisa Gobbo, Sculpture Space Artist in Residence, from Padova, Italy. Learn to design patterns using traditional tools including paper, pencil and colors or a computer. 1 session / 6 hours / WK103-1. Cost $55, $50 MWPAI member.

• Photoshop Collage and Layers (Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.): Ages 18 + / All Levels / Joella Burt. Apply collage techniques to digital artwork and illustration with an intro to Adobe Photoshop through layers, custom brushes, and more. 1 session / 3 hours / WK102-2. Cost $35, $30 MWPAI member.

• RE-Bound: Handcrafted Books and Upcycled Materials (Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.): Ages 16+ / All Levels / Rachel Bartunek. This workshop combines bookbinding techniques, paper crafting, textiles and decorative arts. Materials included. 1 session / 3 hours / WK103-6. Cost $40, $35 MWPAI member.

MWPAI November Events

Wednesday and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m.: Film Series, or call 315-797-0055 for details.

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.: Art Yoga, For Mind, Body and Spirit. Each class offers a 15-minute introduction to art in the gallery followed by one hour of yoga. All levels of ability are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. Drop-in fee: $15, $10 MWPAI members. November/December Session (six classes): $65, $45 members. Call 315-797-0055.

Nov. 7: Art Story, A Pop-Up Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Free. For ages 3 to 5. It is a new way to engage children in looking closely for visual cues in picture-book illustrations, and then apply these same skills to looking at art when they go into the galleries. Call 315-797-0000, ext. 2158.

Nov. 10: The Met: Live in HD, “Marnie” by Nico Muhly,12:55 p.m.

Nov. 11: Gallery Talk, American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection, 2 p.m. in the Museum of Art

Nov. 16: Exhibition opening, Emmy Mikelson and Charlotte Becket. On view through Dec. 13. PrattMWP Gallery in the Museum of Art. Reception at 4 p.m. in the Fountain Elms Terrace.

Nov. 18: Chamber Music Society of Utica presents Jasper String Quartet, 2:30 p.m. in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium. Haydn:  Quartet in Bb major Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”. Four Seasons:  Summer (Hudson Valley): Joan Tower, Fall (New England): Christopher Theofanidis, Winter (Russia): Lera Auerbach, Spring (Japan): Akira Nishimura. Smetana:  Quartet No. 1 “From My Life”. Tickets $20, $10 for students with ID.

Nov. 22: MWPAI Closed Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 23: Exhibition opening,Victorian Yuletide: A New York State Christmas. New York legalized the celebration of Christmas in 1848 and the state led the way in the adoption and promotion of holiday traditions that are still observed today. On view through Dec. 30 in Fountain Elms.