Saturday, February 19, 2011

ArtsBuzz: FAU concert, exhibit spotlight Russian music publisher's legacy

The front page of the score for Rimsky-Korsakov‭’‬s
opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan,‭ ‬as published by V.‭ ‬Bessel‭ & ‬Co.


BOCA RATON‭ ‬--‭ ‬The‭ ‬Bessel publishing house,‭ ‬founded in St.‭ ‬Petersburg in‭ ‬1869,‭ ‬grew from a music shop into a concern that was at‭ ‬the‭ ‬center of Russian musical life,‭ ‬printing works by the nation‭’‬s leading composers from Tchaikovsky to the‭ ‬members‭ ‬of the‭ ‬“mighty‭ ‬handful.‭”‬

Many of the first-edition‭ ‬scores published by Bessel can be seen‭ ‬in the Richard Beattie Davis Collection at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.‭ ‬Davis knew‭ ‬the granddaughters of firm founders Vasily Bessel‭ (‬1843-1907‭)‬ and his brother Ivan.‭ ‬The Bessel Archives contain first editions of operas by Rimsky-Korsakov,‭ ‬Anton Rubinstein and Alexander Serov,‭ ‬among‭ ‬others,‭ ‬and the FAU Wimberley Library is hosting a special‭ ‬exhibit through March‭ ‬25‭ ‬featuring the collection.

This Sunday,‭ ‬the FAU Chamber Players will put the collection‭ ‬in the‭ ‬spotlight with a program of pieces from the collection,‭ ‬including works by Adolf Henselt,‭ ‬Hummel,‭ ‬Tchaikovsky,‭ ‬Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin.‭ ‬Pianist Leonid Treer will be joined by‭ ‬violinist‭ ‬Mei-Mei Luo,‭ ‬cellist Claudio Jaffe,‭ ‬pianists‭ ‬Judith Burganger and Heather Coltman,‭ ‬soprano Birgit Fioravante and bass Dean Peterson.

The‭ ‬concert begins at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus.‭ ‬Suggested donation is‭ ‬$10.‭ ‬For more information about the concert,‭ ‬call‭ ‬297-3820.‭ ‬The Davis Collection is open from‭ ‬1‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday through Thursday,‭ ‬or by appointment.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬the library‭’‬s Special Collections and Archives department at‭ ‬297-3787‭ ‬or e-mail‭ ‬lysca@fau.edu.


Bruce Helander, in his trademark orange bowler.
(Photo by Katie Deits)


New art magazine debuts in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH‭ ‬– The Art Economist,‭ ‬a new‭ ‬arts publication‭ ‬and‭ ‬website based in Palm Beach,‭ ‬launched last month.

The publication celebrates and documents the major creative and financial achievements of the world‭’‬s leading artists and examines the economics of contemporary art as a commodity and investment opportunity.‭ ‬The top‭ ‬300‭ ‬earning living artists will be listed regularly,‭ ‬as well as new artists to watch for predicted success.

Editorial components in the first issue included an article by‭ ‬David W.‭ ‬Galenson,‭ ‬professor of economics at the University of Chicago,‭ ‬on the birth of the art market from Picasso to‭ ‬Damien‭ ‬Hirst.‭ ‬Beijing‭ ‬correspondent Drew Hammond wrote about how the Chinese artist Tang Son,‭ ‬went from rages to riches in‭ ‬less than a decade,‭ ‬and included analyses of young,‭ ‬promising‭ ‬ Chinese artists.‭ ‬Elisabeth Sobiewski interviewed James Rosenquist‭ ‬on his life and autobiography,‭ ‬Painting for Zero,‭ ‬and Julie L.‭ ‬Belcove,‭ ‬who edits‭ ‬W‭’‬s annual art issue,‭ ‬explored‭ ‬the current financial state of the art world.

Each issue will feature‭ ‬30‭ ‬detailed profiles‭ ‬from the list of‭ ‬300.‭ ‬The magazine accepts no paid advertising.‭ ‬A yearly subscription‭ (‬10‭ ‬issues‭) ‬and access to the‭ ‬website is‭ ‬$400.‭ ‬The magazine is the brainchild of Fred Alger,‭ ‬art collector,‭ ‬investor and former board member of the‭ ‬Museum of‭ ‬Modern Art.‭ ‬Editor-in-chief is‭ ‬Palm Beach artist and critic Bruce Helander.‭ ‬Associate editor is Marisa J.‭ ‬Pascucci,‭ ‬former curator of modern art at Norton Museum of Art.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬877-890-7618‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.thearteconomist.com.

Seymour Hersh.


Reporter Hersh to be featured at Boca arts fest


BOCA RATON‭ ‬--‭ ‬The Festival of‭ ‬the‭ ‬Arts Boca has added leading American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh to its literary schedule.‭

Hersh will speak at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday,‭ ‬March‭ ‬7‭ ‬at the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at‭ ‬Mizner‭ ‬Park.‭ ‬The festival runs March‭ ‬4-12‭ ‬at‭ ‬Mizner‭ ‬Park.

Hersh has worked on some of the most important news stories of our time and has published eight books,‭ ‬most recently‭ ‬Chain of Command:‭ ‬The Road from‭ ‬9/11‭ ‬to Abu Ghraib.‭ ‬Hersh‭’‬s awards include the‭ ‬Pulitzer Prize,‭ ‬four George K.‭ ‬Polk Awards,‭ ‬and more than a dozen other prizes,‭ ‬including‭ ‬the‭ ‬1983‭ ‬National Book Critics Circle Award,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Los Angeles Times award for biography,‭ ‬and a Sidney Hillman Award for‭ ‬The Price of‭ ‬Power:‭ ‬Kissinger in the Nixon White‭ ‬House.‭

Hersh has also won two Investigative Reporters‭ & ‬Editors Prizes,‭ ‬for the‭ ‬Kissinger book and‭ ‬his‭ ‬1992‭ ‬study of the Israeli nuclear bomb program,‭ ‬The Samson Option.

Hersh is scheduled to‭ ‬speak about current American‭ ‬foreign policy.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35‭ ‬and‭ ‬$55‭ ‬and are available by calling‭ ‬866-571-ARTS or by visiting‭ ‬www.centre4theartsboca.org.

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