May 27, 2006 at the Spencertown Academy in Spencertown, NY
Seamus Maynard, HVS class of 1999, is the recipient of the 2006 Award. He was honored at the 14th-annual arts celebration held Saturday, May 27th, at the Spencertown Academy.
Ted Pugh was master of ceremonies, and the audience was treated to a sparkling and dynamic performance by the celebrated husband-and-wife team Lincoln Mayorga (pianist, arranger, conductor) and Sherry Bauer-Mayorga (vocalist, songwriter, pianist, and folk-song collector) of their program, American Snapshots: Two Hundred Years of the American Spirit In Song. They concluded their presentation by demonstrating, with consummate flair and expertise, how they would go about arranging the accompaniment and pacing of a song that they had not previously performed (in this case, Waiting for the Robert E. Lee.) The entire performance, including this window into the creative process, was a feast from beginning to end. (More about them at www.lincolnmayorga.com and www.sheribmayorga.com.)
Although an intense schedule at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is a student, prevented him from being physically present, a giant photographic likeness of Seamus commanded the stage as the award was presented by Emily Hassell (the 2004 winner) to Seamus’ mother, Patrice Maynard.
Vignettes of Seamus’s school days at Hawthorne Valley were shared, along with the text of a letter written last fall from London, describing what it felt like to stand on the stage of the Globe Theater and speak a line of Shakespeare. Through his eloquent words, the audience could identify with Seamus’s passion for, and devotion to, his art, even though he was physically far away.
A reception, creatively catered by HVS alumna Rebecca Hartka (the first HRA recipient), followed the performance and award presentation, allowing attendees to socialize and view the exhibition of works by past award recipients and by area artists.