Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weekend arts picks, Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Clarence Measelle, a painting and drawing instructor
at Palm Beach Community College, stands with
model Nieves Lopez, over whom he draped
a raw canvas and airbrushed paint to make Resonance.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Sherry Stephens, a photography teacher at PBCC,
and her husband Wayne, who teaches painting and drawing
at PBCC. They're posing by New Look Salon Inside,
an archival pigment photo, and a mixed media painting.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Palm Beach Community College art faculty show: Seventeen art faculty members from three PBCC campuses (Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Boca Raton) presenting new paintings, drawings, ceramics and photography. The exhibition runs through Feb. 13 at The Gallery in the BB Building of the Eissey Campus at 3160 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Website or call 207-5015.

A detail of Chris Riccardo's White Girl (ceramic, 20 inches).
Riccardo is director of the Armory Art Center foundry.

Armory student/faculty show: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, the Armory Art Center will host an opening reception for its annual student-faculty exhibition. It's an opportunity to see (and buy) pieces from talented artists working in ceramics, jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, glass, fiber and sculpture. It's also a chance to meet and talk with the artists about their work, and proceeds benefit art programming at the Armory. The show runs through Feb. 11. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the Website or call 832-1776.

Hanne Niederhausen poses by some of her paintings,
including Free at Last, at lower right.
(Photo by Katie Deits)

Mary Woerner Fine Arts: Artwork by Hanne Niederhausen and Robert B. Marks is on display through Feb 14 at the West Palm Beach gallery. Niederhausen, a native of Germany, is an accomplished printmaker, painter and assemblage artist. Her abstract work and layered technique are intriguing and capture the imagination. Here's how the artist herself puts it on her Website: “Richly layered surfaces take on archeological qualities and fragments of imagery, allowing ... us to fade to another place and time.” Mary Woerner Fine Arts is located at 6107 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. For more information, visit the Website or call 493-4160.

The Delray String Quartet.

Sleeper's quartet premieres: The Delray String Quartet plays the world premiere Sunday afternoon of the String Quartet No. 3, written especially for the quartet by Thomas Sleeper, who teaches at the University of Miami. This is a demanding three-movement work of great difficulty and emotional ferocity, and the quartet has a real challenge on its hands, but for audiences it's a chance to hear an important first performance. Clarinetist Paul Green joins the quartet -- with its new cellist, Susan Moyer Bergeron, in place -- on the rest of the program for the autumnal beauties of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet (in B minor, Op. 115). 4 pm, Colony Hotel, Delray Beach. Tickets: $35. Call: 213-4138.

Orchestras a-plenty: Nationally and internationally acclaimed symphonic ensembles, plus two homegrown bands of our own, present worthy concerts this weekend.

Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

First, the Cleveland Orchestra opens its Miami residency concerts Friday and Saturday evenings at the Arsht Center in downtown Miami with the gorgeous Wesendonck Lieder of Richard Wagner, sung by Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and the huge Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad) of Dmitri Shostakovich. Music director Franz Welser-Most conducts. Tickets range from $20 to $160. Call 305-949-6722 for more information.

Philippe Entremont.

Next, it's the Munich Symphony under Philippe Entremont, the great French pianist, in two concerts Sunday and Monday. Entremont solos in the Beethoven Emperor Concerto (No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73) on Sunday afternoon in a program that features another Beethoven work in E-flat, the Symphony No. 3 (Eroica, Op. 55). On Monday afternoon, Entremont solos in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto (in C, Op. 15), and conducts Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony (No. 4 in A, Op. 90), Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, and the Five Movements, Op. 5, originally for string quartet, of Anton Webern. Concerts are at 2 pm both days in the Kravis Center. Tickets: $25-$100. Call 832-7469 or visit

Also, the Lynn Philharmonia, the conservatory orchestra at Boca Raton's Lynn University, presents winners of its annual concerto competition in concerts Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Saturday night, violinist Gareth Johnson of Wellington takes on the massive Brahms Violin Concerto (in D, Op. 77), clarinetist Stojo Miserlioski plays the lovely Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland, written for Benny Goodman, and pianist Jose Menor solos in the Liszt First Concerto (in E-flat). Sunday afternoon, pianist Marina Stojanovska offers the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, of Rakhmaninov, followed by pianist Valeriya Polunina in the Beethoven Third Concerto (in C minor, Op. 37). Cellist Jonah Kim rounds things out with the greatest of all concerti for that instrument, the Dvorak B minor, Op. 104. Music director Albert-George Schram conducts. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Roberts Theater on the campus of St. Andrew's School in Boca. Tickets are $30. Call 237-9000, or visit

Finally, the Palm Beach Symphony does its second concert of the season as part of the Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival. Italian pianist Chiara Cipelli will play the Beethoven Third Concerto (in C minor, Op. 37), Japan's Gen Tomoru will be heard in the Liszt Second Concerto (in A), and the Variations Symphoniques of Franck will be played by Lea Lee-Heller. Ramon Tebar leads the symphony in these works and the Brahms Tragic Overture. 7:30 p.m., DeSantis Family Chapel, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $45. Call the box office at 607-6270.

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