Friday, June 4, 2010

Weekend arts picks: June 5-8

Pianist Leonard Gilbert.

Music:‭ ‬Earlier this year,‭ ‬the Chopin Foundation of Miami held its quinquennial competition,‭ ‬which was won by the American pianist Claire Huangci.‭ ‬But that February event wasn‭’‬t the last in the foundation‭’‬s series of concerts,‭ ‬and this weekend,‭ ‬the young Canadian pianist Leonard Gilbert offers an all-Chopin program in performances in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables.‭ ‬Gilbert,‭ ‬who‭’‬s all of‭ ‬19,‭ ‬plans two big works in B minor‭ ‬– the Scherzo No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬20‭) ‬and the Sonata No.‭ ‬3‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬58‭) ‬– along with the Ballade No.‭ ‬4‭ (‬in F minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬52‭)‬,‭ ‬the Polonaise in A-flat‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬53‭)‬,‭ ‬a nocturne‭ (‬in D-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬27,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬2‭) ‬and two etudes‭ (‬Nos.‭ ‬5‭ ‬in E minor and‭ ‬11‭ ‬in A minor from the Op.‭ ‬25‭ ‬set‭)‬.‭ ‬ Free admission‭; ‬at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Broward County Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale and‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬305-868-0624‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

Antonin Dvořák‭ (‬1841-1904‭)‬.

On Sunday,‭ ‬pianist Fedora Horowitz is featured in two major Romantic piano quintets at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach.‭ ‬Joined by violinists Dina Kostic and Tina Raimondi,‭ ‬violist Scott O‭’‬Donnell and cellist Christopher Glansdorp,‭ ‬Horowitz will play the Quintet in E-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬44,‭ ‬by Schumann and the Quintet in A,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬81,‭ ‬of Antonin Dvořák.‭ ‬These are among the most beloved of works in this format,‭ ‬and these veteran musicians should be able to pull them off with style and passion.‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday,‭ ‬at St.‭ ‬Paul‭’‬s on Swinton Avenue just south of downtown.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$15-$18.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬278-6003‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬

And if that weren‭’‬t enough chamber music,‭ ‬on Tuesday,‭ ‬Palm Beach Atlantic University‭’‬s Stringendo summer music program offers the first in four weekly concerts of this genre.‭ ‬Musicians from the Cleveland and Atlanta orchestras will be on hand for two of the later concerts,‭ ‬and Tuesday night the series gets‭ ‬under way with guests from the Naples Philharmonic.‭ ‬On the program are the Violin Sonata in B minor‭ (‬BWV‭ ‬1014‭) ‬of J.S.‭ ‬Bach,‭ ‬played by David Mastrangelo,‭ ‬and the Brahms Violin Sonata No.‭ ‬3‭ (‬in D minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬108‭)‬,‭ ‬played by Glenn Basham‭; ‬pianist Liera Antropova accompanies both men.‭ ‬The concert closes with the String Quartet No.‭ ‬4‭ ( ‬in E minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬44,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬2‭) ‬of Felix Mendelssohn,‭ ‬in which Mastrangelo and Basham are joined by violist Renata Guitart and cellist Claudio Jaffé.‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tuesday in the Persson Recital Hall on the PBAU campus in West Palm Beach.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$15.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬803-2970‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬‭ ‬– G.‭ ‬Stepanich

Samuel L.‭ ‬Jackson and Naomi Watts in Mother and Child.

Film:‭ ‬Human-scale dramas without special effects or car chases have become increasingly rare at any time,‭ ‬let alone in the blockbuster-fueled summertime.‭ ‬But writer-director Rodrigo Garcia‭ (‬the son of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez‭) ‬bucks that trend impressively with‭ ‬Mother and Child,‭ ‬a well-crafted tale of three women,‭ ‬each of whom is somehow connected to the emotional journey of adoption.‭ ‬Annette Bening is a relationship-phobic physical therapist who‭ ‬gave up‭ ‬her baby when she was‭ ‬14,‭ ‬Naomi Watts is a cool,‭ ‬controlling attorney,‭ ‬an adoptee who never knew her mother,‭ ‬and Kerry Washington is a young married woman who is desperate to adopt after failing to have a baby of her own.‭ ‬Yes,‭ ‬it will all get tied up a little too tidily,‭ ‬but until then it is a compelling,‭ ‬exquisitely acted film that deserves to be seen amid the crowded field of superheroes.‭ ‬Opening locally this weekend.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Angie Radosh and Beth Dixon in Three Tall Women.

Theater:‭ ‬Continuing through June‭ ‬13‭ ‬is a textbook example of what Palm Beach Dramaworks does best,‭ ‬select a challenging play like Edward Albee’s semi-autobiographical Pulitzer Prize winner,‭ ‬Three Tall Women,‭ ‬cast it with strong performers of the caliber of Beth Dixon and Angie Radosh and apply the laser-sharp direction of a J.‭ ‬Barry Lewis.‭ ‬The result is a production of this enduring drama of aging,‭ ‬regret and assessing one’s life that shimmers with remarkable clarity,‭ ‬in contrast to the national tour of the play that came through the area a decade ago.‭ ‬For tickets,‭ ‬call‭ (‬561‭) ‬514-4042.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory‭ (‬1952-4‭)‬,‭ ‬by Salvador Dalí.

After an incredibly busy season‭ ‬in the Palm Beaches,‭ ‬one of my favorite places to escape is just a four-hour drive west to Florida‭’‬s Gulf Coast and an old and artful town,‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Petersburg.‭ ‬We stay on the beach and make daily pilgrimages into the downtown area,‭ ‬visiting the art districts‭ ‬and museums,‭ ‬including The Dalí Museum‭, where a docent named‭ ‬Kay Chiesa‭ ‬gave us an extraordinary insight into the life and mind of genius Salvador Dalí.‭

It‭’‬s interesting to see how Dalí‭’‬s work evolved from a youthful fascination with impressionism to surrealism and onto Classical imagery,‭ ‬most of which had mysterious reticent images and recurring symbols.‭ ‬If you visit,‭ ‬make sure to catch a docent tour,‭ ‬as it will make your tour much more meaningful.‭ ‬Early next year,‭ ‬a new and grander Dalí Museum will open to display the entire collection of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse,‭ ‬who spent their lives collecting his work.‭

The Dalí Museum is located at‭ ‬1000‭ ‬Third Street South in St.‭ ‬Petersburg.‭ ‬Hours are Monday,‭ ‬Tuesday,‭ ‬Wednesday,‭ ‬Friday and Saturday:‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭‬-‭‬5:30‭ ‬p.m.‭; ‬Thursday:‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭–8 ‬p.m.‭;‬ and Sunday:‭ ‬noon–5:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬ Admission is‭ ‬$17‭ ‬for adults,‭ ‬$14.50‭ ‬for seniors and‭ ‬$12‭ ‬for students.

There is much‭ ‬more to share about the art scene on the West Coast,‭ ‬such as the Florida Craftsmen,‭ ‬the Museum of Fine Arts,‭ ‬and the Morean Arts Center,‭ ‬and I will be posting more about it soon.‭ ‬– K.‭ ‬Deits

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