“Master Producers: How to Produce a Major Concert…Play…Exhibition!” at Cape Cod Museum of Art

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What does it take to create amazing productions at the Cape’s major cultural institutions?  Gain creative insights from Jung-Ho Pak, artistic director of The Cape Symphony, Michael Rader, artistic director of The Cape Playhouse, and Amanda Wastrom, Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA)’s guest curator of the Mysteries & Revelations Exhibition. WCAI producer and host of The Point Mindy Todd will lead this discussion on Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, Mass. The event will be followed by refreshments. Tickets are $15/$10 CCMoA members.

Jung Ho Pak was described by the New York Times as a conductor who “radiates enthusiasm” and the Los Angeles Times as “a real grabber.” He has led orchestras throughout our country and around the world, presenting a unique way to fall in love with the symphonic experience. Celebrating 10 years with the Cape Symphony, Pak admits that one of his most “audacious” goals is to reach every single person on Cape Cod with the gift of beautiful music. He has been committed to our education programs (Music Works! Everyday, Music Memory, and the Cape Youth Orchestra, among others) since joining in 2007.  For the Masterpiece Series, Jung-Ho presents the great classical works in unexpected and dramatic ways, and brings his sense of fun to the Pops Series concerts.

Michael Rader is a stage director and arts advocate based in New York City. He is the current artistic director of the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Mass. His diverse career in the arts has afforded him positions such as artistic director for Cirque du Soleil, Broadway liaison and arts education consultant to the New York City Department of Education, and director of entertainment of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. During his first year of tenure at The Cape Playhouse, the institution conducted successful fundraising that set it on strong financial footing nad launched new educational and outreach programs for the community. Additionally, the Playhouse’s production of Gypsy, which he directed, broke box office records and was nominated for three Broadway-World awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction.

Amanda Wastrom is a curator, writer, and artist. In addition to working with CCMoA, she has worked as a freelance curator and designer for Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth Museums on the Green, Osterville Historical Museum, and Cape Cod Art Association. She is a contributor to Cape Cod Life, Cape Cod Home, Cape Cod Art, Cape Cod Magazine, and Primetime Cape Cod. In 2017, she joined the staff at Heritage Museums & Gardens as assistant curator.

Mindy Todd is the host and executive producer of The Point on WCAI, a show that examines critical issues for the Cape, Islands, and southcoast. She brings 35 years of experience in radio and television to the job. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and a ski reporter. She has received numerous awards.  In February 2012 Mindy was named Managing Director of Editorial.

CCMoA is located at 60 Hope Lane, just off Route 6A, on the same campus as the Cape Cinema and the Cape Cod Playhouse in Dennis, Mass. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday.  It is open on ARTfull Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m. with no admission fee.  General Admission is $9/$7 for seniors and students 19+ with school ID/$5 for students 13 to 18/ and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 508.385.4477 or visit ccmoa.org.

Annual Boston Exhibition Preview and Benefit for FAWC

On Friday, May 4, 6 – 8 p.m., the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) will be celebrated at a private exhibition opening and benefit reception featuring honored guest Lisa Yuskavage, who was a FAWC Fellow, 1986–1987. The exhibition The Visual Thread and reception will take place in the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. in Boston. It is followed by an after-party dinner at 8 p.m. at Troy Boston Skyline Rooftop Lounge, 55 Traveler St.

The Visual Thread will run through May 20 and features Yuskavage’s work, curated by Lori Bookstein. Yuskavage is widely associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting. Her particular portraiture, with its elements of lavishness, eroticism, and maximal, open narratives, seamlessly blend pop-cultural imagery and color theory as conduits for complex psychological constructs. She is represented by David Zwirner Gallery, and her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2011); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2006); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002); Centre d’Art Comtemporain, Geneva (2001); and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2000).

Tickets for the reception are $150 (Individual); $500 (Patron/two tickets); $1,000 (Benefactor/two tickets with dinners); and $2,500 (Gold Benefactor/four tickets with dinners). For more information call 508.487.99600 ext. 101 or visit fawc.org.