The Visiting Artists Series (VAS) at YCCC was created with the express purpose of making the arts available and accessible to YCCC and the community-at-large. Every March YCCC invites a diverse array of artists to campus to discuss, demonstrate, exhibit and talk about their experiences as artists. All events are held at YCCC are open and FREE to the public.
Lily King, novelist
March 4, 2015 at 6pm
Lily’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour (1999) won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Her third novel, Father of the Rain (2010), was a New York Times Editors Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year and winner of both the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Maine Fiction Award. Lily is also the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award.
Lily's latest novel, Euphoria, was released in June 2014. It won the Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014, the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014 and is a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards (to be announced March 12, 2015). Euphoria was mentioned in The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014, TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014 and the Amazon Best Books of 2014. http://www.lilykingbooks.com/
Thomas Moser, furniture maker
March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm
Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers was founded forty years ago to restore the lost art of fine woodworking. In 1972, Tom Moser turned his woodworking hobby into a career and started making one-of-a-kind furniture in Maine. During the last forty years, the company has grown from a one-man operation to nearly 70 cabinetmakers. Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers operates six showrooms located in Auburn and Freeport, Maine, as well as in Boston, New York, Greenwich, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.http://www.thosmoser.com
The Adam Ezra Group, musicians
March 25, 2015 at 5pm
The Adam Ezra Group has a national following, both for its music and its activism. Ezra has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Bono for his talent and stage presence, and the group’s 2011 debut album, Ragtop Angel, shot to the top of the Amazon charts, peaking just behind John Mayer and Sarah Bareilles. The group has toured with such notables as The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Dwight Yoakam, and the Gin Blossoms, and has won numerous honors, including “Band of the Year” at the 2013 New England Music Awards. Ezra’s diverse background—he has served in the relief effort in Kosovo, practiced environmental geography in South Africa, and worked as a farmer in Canada—informs his music and inspires the band’s social activism. Through its non-profit organization RallySound, the group helps organize live musical events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots action. http://www.adamezra.com/
Erik Kroncke, bass
March 31, 2015 at 6pm
Since his debut in 2000, Erik Kroncke’s unique bass voice has been in demand by opera companies and orchestras all over the world. During the 2006/2007 season he sang his first Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with Opera Fort Collins and Mephistopheles in Faust, made his debut in Boston with Lowell House Opera in the role of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, as well as his role debut of Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino. He was the American Wagner and St. Bonaventura award winner from the Liederkranz competition in 2008.
His symphonic and oratorio performances have included engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra in such varied repertoire as the Shostakovich 13th, Haydn’s the Seasons, as well as “The Three Basses” concerts. Mr. Kroncke has been an artist in residence at Natchez Opera Festival, an apprentice artist at Chautauqua Opera, and a winner of the 2002 and 2003 Friedrich Schorr Vocal Competition. http://www.erikkronckebass.com/media.asp
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