Thursday, March 5, 2009

Weekend arts picks: March 5-9

Strawberry Tart Supreme (1974, acrylic on canvas),
by Audrey Flack (b. 1931).

The Boca Raton Museum of Art: Rebelling against a generation of artists who produced wild Abstract-Expressionist paintings and the stripped-down simplicity of Minimalism, the Photorealism movement of the late 1960s might have been a shock to those who had worked to escape the confines of representational art.

But the Photorealists didn’t just reproduce photographs. They used the realistic style of painting to communicate ideas, twist reality and magnify everyday subjects. Today through Sunday is your last chance to see Shock of The Real: Photorealism Revisited, a first-of-a-kind exhibition of 75 works by 28 major artists of the movement. While you're there, don't miss the eerily real figures by sculptor Duane Hanson. For information, call (561) 392-2500 or visit -- K. Deits

Helen Sears (1895, oil on canvas), by John Singer Sargent.

Flagler Museum: Through April 19, Whitehall offers on its second-floor gallery a tasteful, absorbing exhibit called A Mother's Pearls: Children in American Paintings. Almost 50 paintings on loan from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts are on display, and cover everything from portrait primitives to accomplished masterworks by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Gilbert Stuart and Winslow Homer.

It's fascinating to watch how society's perception of the place of children in society is mirrored in the pictures, which date from the 17th through the 19th centuries. For more information, visit or call (561) 655-2833. -- K. Deits, G. Stepanich

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).

Music: This is an exceptionally busy weekend for classical music, from chamber to orchestral music, and perhaps that's the best way to take a look at it:

Chamber music: The Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote only one completed string quartet, but it's a beauty, and it's being played twice Sunday afternoon.

The Fine Arts Quartet of Chicago plays the work at 3 p.m. Sunday on a program with the First Quartet of the brilliant Juan Arriaga, just 19 when he died in 1826, and the Seventh Quartet of Dmitri Shostakovich. At the Society for the Four Arts, Palm Beach. Tickets: $10. Call 655-7226 or visit

An hour later, the Delray String Quartet plays the Grieg on a program with the Haydn Quartet in D minor (Fifths, Op. 76, No. 2). 4 pm, Colony Hotel, Delray Beach. Tickets: $35. Call 213-4138 or visit

Meanwhile, the Chameleon Musicians group in Fort Lauderdale offer a string quintet by the 19th-century Frenchwoman Louise Farrenc, along with a quintet by Mendelssohn and the string sextet by Tchaikovsky that he called Souvenir de Florence. 3 p.m. Sunday, Leiser Opera Center, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets: $30. Call 954-761-3435 or visit

Orchestrally, it's also a big weekend:

Conductor Kurt Masur.

Cleveland Orchestra: Canadian pianist Louis Lortie joins the Cleveland under the great Kurt Masur at the Arsht Center in downtown Miami for two all-Beethoven evenings featuring the First Piano Concerto (in C, Op. 15), the Leonore Overture No. 3, and the Seventh Symphony (in A, Op. 92).

The concerts are set for 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Saturday concert will be broadcast live on Miami's WKCP (89.7 FM/101.9 FM in West Palm Beach). Tickets: $45-$150. Call 305-949-6722 or visit

Boca Festival: The first big concert of the festival takes place Saturday night, when violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the Russian National Orchestra and conductor Mikhail Pletnev in yet another all-Beethoven program featuring the Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61, the Second Symphony (also in D, Op. 36), and the Coriolan Overture. 7:30 p.m, Count de Hoernle Amphitheater, Mizner Park. Tickets: $50-$125. Call 1-866-571-2787 or visit

Pianist Joyce Yang.

The big noise from Tallinn: The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra takes the Kravis on Sunday afternoon for a concert featuring the Korean-American pianist Joyce Yang in the perennially popular Second Concerto (in C minor, Op. 18) of Rakhmaninov. Also on the program are the Sibelius Second Symphony (in D, Op. 43) and Summa, a piece by Estonia's leading composer, Arvo Part. At 2 p.m. Tickets: $25-$90. Call 832-7469 or visit

Jose Carreras: And if that weren't enough, there's always Monday, and that means a recital by Jose Carreras at the Kravis. The celebrated Spanish singer, perhaps best known to non-specialists as a member of The Three Tenors, has scheduled art songs by Albeniz and Mercadante, lighter songs by Tosti and Costa, Catalan songs by Morera and Ribas, and a tango by the legendary Carlos Gardel. 8 pm. Tickets: $25-$125. Call 832-7469 or visit -- G. Stepanich

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