Lenox Library Lecture Series to Feature Mark Volpe

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LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Library will conclude the 2023-2024 season of its Distinguished Lecture Series this Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. when Mark Volpe, former President and Chief Operating Officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will discuss "My 23 Years at the Boston Symphony Orchestra."

During his near-quarter-century with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Volpe distinguished himself among orchestral administrators the world over.?He was responsible for all the activities of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Tanglewood, a scope of activities unmatched by any other orchestra in the world.?He drove the BSO’s artistic mission of musical excellence by bringing the BSO to the widest possible audience through live performances, traditional and new media, and a variety of social media platforms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark worked tirelessly to lead the BSO through the most challenging period in its history.

Now in its 17th season, the Distinguished Lecture Series is organized and hosted by Dr. Jeremy Yudkin, a resident of the Berkshires and Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University. Lectures are free and open to the public. Please visit https://lenoxlib.org or the Library's Facebook page for more information.


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Ventfort Hall Masonry Repair Project Underway

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall announced they have reached their funding goal and work has begun on their masonry restoration project through multiple sources.
 
This project will address urgently needed masonry work to rebuild and restore four chimneys on the east and west sides of the roof ridge. The four massive chimneys each contain multiple conjoined fireplace flues and are ornamented with brick corbelling (staggering) and custom profiled bricks for architectural detail.
 
Many of the bricks on the chimneys have lost their mortar and have begun to dislodge and are currently being caught by temporary netting to prevent falling bricks from causing severe harm to the roof or to patrons on the ground. Should a chimney collapse completely, there is not adequate documentation to replicate the ornate brick details and corbelling to recreate the chimneys.
 
The work will entail disassembling each of the four chimneys down to sound underlying material, rebuilding the bricks to match the historic design and detailing, providing new custom brick to replace units that are too deteriorated for re-use, and fabricating and reinstalling the metal chimney caps.
 
Pittsfield masonry contractor H.A. O'Neil was chosen to complete the restoration. They were chosen for their experience working with historic masonry restoration projects and methods. Hill-Engineers, Architects, Planners Inc. is providing oversight for the project. Work began on April 26.
 
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