Concerts & Lectures



Picturing Paris between the Wars

a free online talk by Linda Benedict-Jones

Artistic activity was alive and well in Paris in the period between World Wars 1 and 2.  In this talk we will look at photographs made by distinguished photographers André Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï, all of whom captured memorable images of the city.  With Brassaï, we will focus on night-time scenes, many of which have become emblematic of the City of Light.

Linda Benedict-Jones was curator of photography at Carnegie Museum of Art, prior to which she directed Silver Eye Center for Photography and served as curator of education at The Frick, all in Pittsburgh. Before moving to Pennsylvania, Benedict-Jones was curator of the Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she earned a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree at MIT in 1982.

December 8, 6:00 p.m., Free

Picturing Paris between the Wars

a free online talk by Linda Benedict-Jones



John Bullard: Classical Banjo


john bullard

As a classically trained musician and the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, John Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. Bullard understands that accepting the banjo—a “folk” instrument with a complex pedigree—into the classical fold is a challenging proposition for
traditionalists; the guitar once had to navigate a similar journey to mainstream acceptance. But through three album-length recordings, live performance, and workshops, Bullard continues to introduce the classical banjo to a growing audience worldwide. Bullard’s concert repertoire includes solo, duet, and quartet performances of works from Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and others of the Baroque Period, along with later-period pieces by Schumann and others. More recently, Bullard has begun featuring new work by contemporary American composers, including a Caprice in D minor in the Romantic style, from composer Frank Mullen, and a set of 24 Preludes for Solo Banjo, commissioned from Adam Larrabee. In addition, Bullard is now working on a new collaboration with the genre-fusing composer Joshua Stamper. More information, including recent videos of Bullard in performance, can be found at