60th Anniversary Alumni Arts Celebration
Please join us as we celebrate 60 years of creativity at The Country School by highlighting the work of our talented alumni artists.
Thursday, April 21
6 p.m. Welcome Reception. Explore our newly transformed campus, including our three STEAM labs, where art is the glue in cross-curricular explorations in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
7 p.m. Much Ado About Music: 400 Years of Shakespeare in Song, a performance by Brian Mummert '01 and vocal ensemble The New Consort, winners of the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music. This musical celebration of the Bard’s enduring legacy will include works written by English composers of Shakespeare’s time, choral settings of Shakespeare’s texts, and readings by Country School personalities from some of his greatest plays and sonnets. The concert will also feature the world premiere of “When He Shall Die,” composed specifically for The New Consort on this occasion by Lyme resident, Wesleyan emeritus faculty member, and former Country School music teacher Sarah Meneely-Kyder. Learn more about The New Consort at www.newconsort.org.
8 p.m. Alumni art show and reception in the galleries. In recent months, Country School alumni have had their work featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Hudson River Museum. They are doing costume design for hit television shows and designing and building iconic, award-winning bars and restaurants. They are painting, designing jewelry, choreographing and dancing, and making films and attending the Oscars. We are honored to showcase some of their work.
We are also honored to be joined by Paul Stelben '13, a talented musician and composer who will perform during the gallery tour.
Country School students explore the work of a Country School
alumnus at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
More About the Artists
An unforgettable presence on the DeFrancis stage when he was at The Country School, Brian Mummert '01 has been singing professionally since he graduated from Yale, where he served as musical director of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella group.
A baritone, Brian has performed at venues from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center and in genres from opera to pops. He recently received his Master of Music in Voice at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and will begin further graduate work in choral conducting next fall at Trinity College Cambridge. Brian is the founder and conductor of The New Consort.
In the Gallery
A partial list of artists whose work will be featured in the gallery exhibition:
Jonathan Waters '66, sculptor
Jerry Davis '74, film and theater producer
Antone Konst '02, painter
Katie Hartsoe ’02, costume designer
Catherine Kelly '07, graphic designer
* List in formation. Check back for updates.