Presented Remotely by Travis Newton July 21, 2020, 5:30 pm (Falmouth, Massachusetts): Highfield Hall & Gardens is pleased to announce “Connecting Through the Arts - How Community Engagement Works in Musical Theatre Organizations” Join Prof. Travis Newton of Le Moyne College (and CLOC orchestra alumnus) for a conversation about Community Engagement. How do arts organizations engage with the communities they serve? With gratitude to the Woods Hole Foundation who generously providing funding for this program, and the entire CLOC series, we are able to bring to you a remote presentation for week two of ON THE CLOC as Travis Newton, shares his experience on community engagement. Travis Newton is Associate Professor at Le Moyne College, where he directs the Le Moyne College Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in music and arts administration. He holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance with secondary studies in voice and conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Business Administration from Le Moyne College. An experienced musician, arts administrator and educator, Prof. Newton's previous experience includes serving as Operations Director of The Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay, managing the 74- member orchestra's daily operations, including approximately 200 rehearsals and concerts each season. Travis also served in numerous roles at the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, including Operations Manager, Education Manager, and Director of Community Engagement. As Operations Manager of the SSO, he oversaw the orchestra's tour of the northeast, culminating in a return to CarnegieHall. Travis has played and conducted more than 500 performances of Broadway musicals across the U.S. and Canada as well as multiple guest conducting appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Central New York's new professional orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor of all-county and area all-state orchestras, and has performed as section violinist with the orchestras of Syracuse, Charleston and Greensboro, as well as the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra at Eastern Music Festival, where he previously served as a faculty member. He has enjoyed collaborating with well-known composers, including conducting the world premiere of Academy Award-nominated composer Patrick Doyle's score for the silent film "IT" at the 2013 Syracuse International Film Festival. He is also a co-creator of Kafka's Metamorphosis: The Musical, which has received dozens of performances, including a run at the New York Musical Festival. The GRAMMY-winning label Broadway Records released a recording of the show, produced by Prof. Newton, in July 2019. Tuesday July 7, 2020, 5:30–6:30 pm Free Participants will be provided the FaceBook streaming link for the pre-recorded lecture, and a separate Zoom link to participate in the optional Q&A session with Jacob immediately following the lecture. Registration required visit www.highfieldhallandgardens.org Gallery Hours: Highfield Hall will follow health safety protocols by restricting the number of people in the gallery at one time. The Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday | 10 am – 4 pm Saturday | 10 am – 2 pm About Highfield Hall & Gardens The house is a rare surviving example of transitional Stick Style architecture, containing beautiful gardens located in the heart of Falmouth, Massachusetts. It is a unique combination of a historic house, expansive gardens and trails, and a vibrant cultural center. Built in 1878 as the summer home for Boston's Beebe family, the house sits on 5.5 pristine acres surrounded by nearly 400 acres of conservation land and public walking trails. Highfield Hall & Gardens is not your typical historic estate. It is an example of a historic building saved by grassroots community organizing. An effort of tenacity and vision that continues as new research on the structure and its story of the people who lived here add to the building's significance. It offers world-class music, international art exhibitions, culinary classes, family programs, and year-round special events. For more information, visit highfieldhallandgardens.org.