Thursday, March 26, 2009

Weekend arts picks: March 27-29

Reflection: West Palm Beach, by Elle Schorr.

Art: Five local artists are offering interpretations of their environment in a show wrapping up this week at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, which is at 6301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

The show, called Native Offerings II, is curated by Talya Lerman and features photography by Jacek Gancarz, Elle Schorr and Lyn Silberman, videos by Sue Stevens, and paintings by Ryan Toth. Ranging from humorous to beautiful scenic images, these interesting works are also for sale with prices starting around $250. The closing runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. There also will be a musical performance by Mitchell Myers. -- K. Deits

Soprano Nadine Sierra.

Music: Soprano Nadine Sierra, a native of Fort Lauderdale, won the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions last month, but she's well-known hereabouts as a Palm Beach Opera Resident Artist (starting at age 14) and her appearance on National Public Radio's From the Top a few years back. Now 20, the Dreyfoos graduate is singing with the Lynn Philharmonia this weekend, and this might be one of the last chances you'll have to hear here before she gets too busy.

On her program with the student conservatory orchestra, led by Jon Robertson, Sierra will sing Ruhe sanft, from Mozart's nearly finished singspiel Zaide; Ah, je veux vivre! from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette; and two arias by Puccini: Un bel di, from Madama Butterfly, and O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi. The orchestra also will play opera-themed music: the Prelude to Die Meistersinger, by Wagner, and the Meditation from Massenet's Thais, played by Wellington violinist Gareth Johnson. The Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky (in E minor, Op. 64) rounds things off. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Roberts Theater on the campus of St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton. Tickets are $30. Call 237-9000 or visit

The Guarneri String Quartet.

Speaking of last chances, this weekend might mark the last time you can see the Guarneri Quartet, which is retiring this year after 45 years of great music-making, almost all of them with the founding members. The quartet will be at Kravis Center at 8 p.m. Sunday with a program of Dvorak (the American Quartet, No. 12 in F), the String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, K. 421, of Mozart and the Third String Quartet of Bela Bartok. Tickets: $25-$85. Call 832-7469 or visit

Another quartet in town Sunday is the Ysaye, a veteran French group that plans a program of Webern (the Langsamer Satz), Beethoven's late A minor quartet (Op. 132) and the sole, beautiful quartet in F major of Maurice Ravel. 3 p.m. at the Society of the Four Arts on Palm Beach. Tickets: $10. Call 655-7226 or visit

The score of God Is Our Refuge, K. 20, by Mozart.

And speaking of starting young, the Delray Beach Chorale wraps its season Sunday with an all-Mozart program featuring an anthem in English called God Is Our Refuge (K. 20), written when the composer was touring England at age 9 in 1765.

In addition, the chorus will sing the Coronation Mass (in C, K. 317) and two smaller works, the antiphon Regina coeli (in C, K. 276) and the much-beloved Ave, verum corpus (in D, K. 618), written in June 1791, six months before Mozart died at age 35. Chorale director Eric Keiper leads the Delray Festival Orchestra and soloists Marie Ashley, Jorge Toro, Greg Dyer, and William Stafford. 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. Tickets: $20, $5 for children and adults. Call 800-984-7282 or visit -- G. Stepanich

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