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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Fall 2017 Events


A Gift of Music: free concert series. Lynne Wilby Painist. September 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Date Time Location
September 24, 2017 2:00 pm

Lawrence Public Libraryt
Lawrence MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation by Elizabeth Acevedo

Join LYNNE WILBY for an afternoon concert featuring the music of Haydn, Beethoven, Leschetiszky, and Paderewski.

Lynne Wilby began playing the piano at the age of three and gave her first full length solo concert at the age of nine. Her first teacher was her grandmother, pianist Laura LeVeille who with her husband, Philippe, co-founded the LeVeille Virtuoso School of Piano and Violin. Ms. Wilby continued her studies with her mother, concert pianist, composer, and teacher Cecile LeVeille Campagna and earned diplomas in piano pedagogy, music theory and piano performance at the artist level. While pursuing an education and successful career in business, music was always a vital part of her life, and in 1995, she decided to make music her full time vocation by establishing her own private piano studio.

Ms. Wilby is a nationally certified teacher of music, serves on the board of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, is active in several local and regional music organizations and is frequently asked to adjudicate evaluations, festivals, and competitions. She enjoys performing both the solo piano repertoire as well as collaborating with other musicians in duo and chamber music ensembles. She has served as accompanist for several choral groups and theatre companies throughout New England, is accompanist for OPERAteurs, a vocal ensemble specializing in the Opera repertoire, and currently serves as organist for Pilgrim United Church of Christ Brentwood-Kingston. As co-founder and principal pianist of Resonance Chamber Group, she has performed extensively with string and woodwind players to enthusiastic audiences.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

More Information

The Gift of Music Free Concert Series is Presented by The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, Inc., and Supported by The Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust, and The White Fund.

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information,  Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.


About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

Additional Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please call 978-738-7423.

Sign language interpreters may be requested by calling 978-556-3897 V or by emailing interpret@necc.mass.edu.