Feb 022011
 

The Mariposa Museum’s new exhibition The Mediterranean will open with a reception from 6-7pm on First Friday, February 4th and a mandolin concert at 7pm.

The Mediterranean will touch three continents—Europe, Asia and Africa. Its shores gave birth to the earliest Western civilizations; to the empires of Greeks, Romans, Moors and Ottomans; to the great religions of the Western world. The Mariposa’s exhibition will display objects from the rim of the Mediterranean and will present four cultures in greater depth–Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Moors of Morocco and Spain.

Besides the exhibition, the Mariposa has scheduled programs and performances for all ages beginning February 4th and through mid June. A concert of classical music, composed for mandolin and mandolin ensemble begins at 7pm. Works by Vivaldi, Paolucci, Barbella and Calace will represent a wide range of musical styles, from baroque to romantic and will be performed by August Watters, mandolin; Tim Dowling, guitar and featuring the Boston Mandolins. Mandolinist August Watters, an Associate Professor of Ear Training at Berklee College of Music, has spent the past two summers in northern Italy, studying the traditions of concert music. He directs the New England Mandolin Ensemble and Cape Cod Mandolin Camp. He will be accompanied by classical guitarist Tim Dowling of Peterborough. The Boston Mandolins is a six-piece mandolin ensemble specializing in classical music composed for all the instruments of the mandolin family: mandolin, mandola and mandocello, as well as guitar.

Highlights of the Mediterranean calendar include The International Mandolin Orchestra on March 13th; Dunya from Boston performing the music of the Ottoman Empire on March 19th and a Greek Taverna Night fundraiser on May 7th. The First Friday KidCraft from 5-6pm will be Swedish Paper Hearts

All events for First Friday and free (donations appreciated) and open to the public. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

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