In its first live, in-person performance since before the pandemic, the New Gallery Concert Series (NewGal) presents an immersive tour of art and music, exploring themes of adoption and adaptation on April 30 .
Adopt and Adapt will welcome the public on an active journey through the visual and musical installations of the École de musique de Longy. The performances and art installations in the rooms of the historic Zabriskie House are designed to reflect the experience of being adopted – into a family, into a country, into a person’s true self – and to evoke resilience, belonging and empathy.
The program centers on the work of three local creators – Jamaica Plain visual artist Sharon Berke and composers Maria Finkelmeier and Jonathan Bailey Holland – who create through the lens of their own adoption experiences. A diverse group of artists, including composers Fred Onovwerosuoke and Sarah Hennies, pianist Sarah Bob, cuatro Fabiola Méndez and her trio, The Fisher/Lau Project, and percussionists Steph Davis and Aaron Trant, will expand the concert theme by exploring the complexities of discovering and adapting to one’s true identity.
Jamaica Plain-based pianist and NewGal founder Sarah Bob says the performance first took hold during her visit to visual artist Sharon Berke’s studio at JP. As she moved through space, Bob was struck by the assortment of colors and shapes, and the inherent strength and fragility of her work. She was also moved by the words Berke used to describe her art: denouement, connection, journey – which Sharon also uses to describe her adoption. Meeting JP was the seed from which the Adopt and Adapt program sprouted.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m.