Friday, April 30, 2010

Weekend arts picks: April 30-May 5

Painter Christina Major works on her large portraits
for the‭ ‬MFA‭ ‬exhibition at Florida Atlantic University.


Art:‭ ‬Florida Atlantic University‭’‬s current Master of Fine Arts‭ ‬Graduate‭ ‬Exhibition at the Dorothy F.‭ ‬Schmidt Gallery‭ ‬on the college‭’‬s Boca Raton campus‭ ‬features the work of painter Christina Major and ceramicist Bethany Cohen.

Cohen‭’‬s‭ ‬exhibit,‭ ‬An Intimate Encounter,‭ ‬is a display of miniature repositories that the artist says reflects America‭’‬s‭ “‬need for more in contrast to the human need for intimacy from within that abundance.‭ ‬It questions how one can find a level of kinship within excess.‭”‬

Major‭’‬s‭ ‬thesis exhibition,‭ ‬Components of Self,‭ ‬features huge portrait paintings on canvases that also are covered with writing,‭ ‬offering a deft exploration of the‭ ‬identities of painter and subject.‭ ‬The Schmidt Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from‭ ‬1‭ ‬to‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and on Saturday from‭ ‬1‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬contact FAU galleries at‭ ‬www.fau.edu/galleries/‭or call‭ ‬561-297-2966.‭ ‬The MFA exhibit will run through the summer.

Also ongoing at FAU is the Potters‭’‬ Guild Spring Pottery Sale,‭ ‬which begins today and concludes tomorrow in the Majestic Palm Room at the Student Union Building.‭ ‬Organized by FAU ceramics professor John McCoy,‭ ‬the sale includes both functional‭ ‬and sculptural ceramics by professors,‭ ‬students and professional artists.‭ ‬The sale‭’‬s hours are from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬today and Saturday.‭ ‬– K.‭ ‬Deits

Pianist Hyojin Ahn.

Music:‭ ‬At the end of January,‭ ‬the Canadian-born violinist Yuki Numata came to Stage West at the Duncan Theatre for a strong program of music by Bach,‭ ‬Ravel,‭ ‬Ysaye and American composer Ryan Francis.‭ ‬Her accompanist was the South Korea-born pianist Hyojin Ahn,‭ ‬like Numata also affiliated with Miami Beach‭’‬s New World Symphony.

The next performer in the series was supposed to be violinist Mikhail Simonyan,‭ ‬but he canceled due to illness,‭ ‬leaving the Stage West series shorter than scheduled.‭ ‬But this Wednesday,‭ ‬pianist Ahn will come to the rescue,‭ ‬performing a recital at Stage West to finish off the programming.‭ ‬She‭’‬s chosen‭ ‬Ravel’s‭ ‬Miroirs and the‭ ‬Moritz‭ ‬Moszkowski transcription of the‭ ‬Liebestod from Wagner’s‭ ‬Tristan und Isolde,‭ ‬a selection that hearkens back to the great pianists of the last century.‭ ‬Violinist Ko Sugiyama,‭ ‬another New World fellow,‭ ‬then joins Ahn for the three‭ ‬Myths for violin and piano of the fascinating Polish composer Karol Szymanowski.

It’s a very interesting program,‭ ‬and a good way to close up the young artist’s showcase.‭ ‬Ahn performs at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Wednesday at‭ ‬Stage West,‭ ‬Duncan Theatre,‭ ‬Palm Beach State College,‭ ‬Lake Worth.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$20.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬868-3309‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.duncantheatre.org.

Pianist Joseph Kalichstein.

As it happens,‭ ‬Simonyan is in town this weekend,‭ ‬where he‭’‬s appearing as part of a piano quartet in the‭ ‬Miami‭ ‬Friends of Chamber Music‭ ‬series‭ ‬at Gusman Hall on the‭ ‬campus‭ ‬of the University of Miami.‭ ‬The eminent pianist Joseph Kalichstein will be joined by Simonyan,‭ ‬violist Cynthia Phelps and cellist William De Rosa for‭ ‬the Piano Quartet‭ (‬in E-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬47‭) ‬of Schumann and one of‭ ‬the‭ ‬two quartets of Mozart.‭ ‬Kalichstein was here earlier in the season‭ ‬with‭ ‬the rest of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio‭ ‬in a concert at the Kravis Center that‭ ‬featured a new work by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

The‭ ‬concert begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$30.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬305-372-2795‭ ‬for more‭ ‬information or visit www.miamichambermusic.org. -- G.‭ ‬Stepanich

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