Following our news of Philip Tapia’s recent health issue and the rehabilitation ahead, an email landed in the Arts inbox from his daughter-in-law. She noted a GoFundMe page was started to raise funds for a rehab process priced at $15,000, due in advance.
Interested parties can Google “go fund me philip tapia” to reach the page.
History museum finds new director
On March 18, the board of directors for the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) announced Meg McCrummen Fowler as the facility’s new director.
“She has a lot of new and exciting ideas to continue to move the museum forward,” Board Chair Gregory Reynolds said in a release.
Fowler’s background according to LinkedIn includes a 2018 curatorial fellowship at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and a 2013 graduate internship at the New Orleans Museum of Art. She also lists a seat on the History Museum’s board of directors from 2017-19.
Fowler has served as a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of War and Memory and as an instructor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of South Alabama since 2017.
Fowler is currently a doctoral candidate at Tulane University, completing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in art history and society. She holds a master’s degree in history of art from Tulane and a bachelor’s in history and French from The University of Alabama.
“It is my goal that, in the coming years, the museum will become increasingly engaged in the community and engaging to our visitors,” Fowler said in a release.
Chamber Music wraps season with solo show
The classical music world is filled with artists whose training began when they started school. By that standard, pianist Amir Katz’s beginning at age 11 made him a late bloomer, but it didn’t stand in his way. By age 15, he was playing with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
Through scholarships and fellowships, Katz moved to Europe for studies. He won international competitions in Spain, Italy, the U.S. and Germany. He has become an international star on stage, radio and television. He’s played in festivals and with orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America and on March 31 at 3 p.m., you can add Mobile to that list.
Katz will be the lone performer for the conclusion of Mobile Chamber Music’s 58th season at the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA Drive S.). In keeping with his sizable reputation performing the works of Frédéric Chopin, Katz will play the Polish master’s rearranged Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante for solo piano.
Tickets cost $20, $10 for students, and are available at Carpe Diem Coffee and Tea (4072 Old Shell Road) or online at mobilechambermusic.org.
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