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A Saturday Afternoon Celebration of the Arts

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Saugus Public Library hosts a classical music concert tomorrow and a reception for a photographer

  (Editor’s Note: The following info is from a press release issued by the Saugus Public Library this week.)

  We will be celebrating the arts on Saturday, February 25, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Saugus Public Library. We are hosting a classical music concert with Rasa String Quartet in the Community Room and a reception for photographer Eileen Estrich in the 1st Floor Reading Room.

  Formed in 2019, the Boston-based Rasa String Quartet consists of violinists Maura Shawn Scanlin and Kiyoshi Hayashi, violist Emma Powell and cellist Mina Kim, who are graduates of the New England Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music and Yale University. Rasa String Quartet is the 2022-23 ensemble in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire) and won the 2022 Associazione Europea Di Musica E Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (Atlanta) and the 2020 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (Ohio). Inspired by the connection between music and storytelling at the heart of folk traditions, Rasa String Quartet creates engaging and fresh programs that are approachable for a wide range of people, are inspired by a variety of different cultures and highlight unknown composers.

  The Rasa String Quartet will play from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. The program for their concert:

  Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate: “Pisachi” (Reveal).

  Astor Piazzolla: “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Primavera Porteña, Invierno Porteño”

  Komitas Vardapet: “Selections From Armenian Miniatures”:

  • “Oh Nazan…”
  • “The Red Shawl”
  • “Song of the Little Partridge”
  • “Girl’s Dance” (Shoushiki)
  • “Stalk Along!” (Qele Qele)

  Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F Major “Kabardinian.”

  Eileen Estrich is a Revere photographer who captures the beauty of local beaches and environs. “Ebee” says she is “inspired daily by the natural beauty along the shoreline. Photography has been a constant interest for me since I first used a 35 mm at 18 years old, and I still delight in capturing the natural beauty of light & color, on textures and shapes, especially along a beach.

  “This appreciation of nature’s gifts also applies to my other artistic works in charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, acrylics, stationary, and ceramics. My happiness grows when I can bring a smile to someone with a gift of beauty, as with a piece of art.

  “My memberships include GALA (Galleries At Lynn Arts), The Greater Lynn Photographic Association, Lynn Shutter Society, Revere Community Arts Partnership, and Marblehead Arts Association. It was an honor to have been asked to exhibit large prints of historic Lynn in their esteemed Lynn Public Library, and Lynn City Hall, which have been there for a few years now.

  “Now it is an honor to share these beautiful images with the Saugus Public Library.”

  Ebee’s reception will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room. Come listen to some excellent music and join other art lovers enjoying images of local beauty. Complimentary light refreshments will be available. Both events are free and open to the public.

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A floral sample of Eileen Estrich’s photography; the Saugus Public Library will host a reception for her tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25) from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Reading Room. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)
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Rasa String Quartet will perform a concert tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25) from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Saugus Public Library. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)
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Revere photographer Eileen Estrich loves to shoot beach scenes like this one. The Saugus Public Library will host a reception for her tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25) from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Reading Room. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate)

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