Lembit Beecher is a composer (and occasional pianist, concertinist, and animator). He spent three years as composer-in-residence of Opera Philadelphia and three years as the composer-in-residence of the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra. Much of his work since then has focused on creating intimate and theatrical pieces, often with interdisciplinary or collaborative elements. He worked on a number of chamber music projects in addition to an opera, Sky on Swings, about the relationship of two women with Alzheimer’s disease.
Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)
Lembit Beecher worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.
Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, this was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and flanking…