Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 20-24

Lorin Maazel and his band.

Music: Lorin Maazel is wrapping up his tenure as director of the New York Philharmonic this year, and Sunday night he brings the band back to West Palm Beach with a non-controversial program that should show this great orchestra to good advantage.

The concert, set for 8 p.m. Sunday at the Kravis Center, includes the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture of Mendelssohn, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony (in D minor, Op. 120), and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in the celebrated orchestration by Ravel. Tickets: $30-$175. Call 832-7469 or visit

The St. Lawrence String Quartet.

That same afternoon at the Society of the Four Arts, the St. Lawrence String Quartet --violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St. John, violist Lesley Robertson and cellist Christopher Costanza -- welcome clarinetist Todd Palmer as a guest for the Clarinet Quintet (in A, K. 581) of Mozart. Also on the program are the last string quartet of Haydn (No. 67 in F, Op. 77, No. 2) and the powerful String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80, of Mendelssohn.

The St. Lawrence also will tout in the program its new recording of quartets by Haydn and Dvorak, tracks of which will be available for free download from ArtistShare. 3 pm, at the Society for the Four Arts, Palm Beach. Tickets: $10. Call the society at 655-7226. -- G. Stepanich

A scene from Another Evening: Serenade/A Proposition.

Dance: The Harlem-based Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, now in its 25th year, presents Another Evening: Serenade/A Proposition, a work by Jones (with a classical/folk score by Chris Lancaster and Jerome Bergin) that tackles the legacy of Abraham Lincoln in the bicentenary year of the 16th president’s birth. 8 pm today and Saturday at the Duncan Theatre on the campus of Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth. Tickets: $35. Call 868-3309 or visit -- G. Stepanich

Universal Love, by Yvonne Parker.

Art: The work of artists Ron and Yvonne Parker, individually and jointly made, is featured in an exhibit at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach that opens tonight.

The Parkers met 15 years ago at Art Basel in Switzerland and have since lived on both sides of the Atlantic, sharing their passion for creating and collecting art. Tall, red-haired and glamorous, Yvonne is a European-born former fashion model and interior designer. She combines her collection of porcelain, ceramic and glass objects to make mixed-media sculptures that she calls “fragmented beauty.”

Meticulously crafted and symbolically arranged, these sculptures evoke a trip back in time, yet are presented in a thought-provoking and contemporary manner.

Eve, by Ron Parker.

Ron Parker’s line drawings depart from the Baroque nature of his wife’s art. The flowing lines in his portraits suggest the simplicity of Matisse’s later works, with a simple, but bold, color palette.

His, Hers and Ours: The Art of Ron and Yvonne Parker will be in the Armory's Colaciello and Greenfield Galleries from today through Saturday, March 7. The show opens at 6 p.m. today, and the artists will be on hand. -- K. Deits

Is This the End or the Beginning? by Brian Somerville.

Starting Tuesday, the invitational Food for Thought: Second Course will feature new works by 30 Florida ceramic artists, on display at the Eissey Campus Gallery on the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach Community College. The show, which runs from Tuesday through March 27, invited the artists to create dinner plates -- functional or not -- that would express the theme of "food for thought."

All platters displayed will be available for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the Art Alliance at PBCC. The reception runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, admission is free, as is the exhibit. For more information or gallery hours, call 868-3309 or visit the gallery’s Website at -- K. Deits

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