Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 11-13

Film:‭ ‬It is a complaint have heard so often I can anticipate it returning every Oscar season:‭ “‬Where can I go to see the short subjects,‭ ‬both animated and live action,‭ ‬that are nominated for an Academy Award‭?” ‬The answer used to be a big shrug,‭ ‬but now you can head to Emerging Cinemas.‭ ‬This week,‭ ‬at the funky art cinema called Mos’Art in Lake Park,‭ ‬you can see all five animated shorts in competition,‭ ‬including‭ ‬Day‭ & ‬Night,‭ ‬Pixar’s tasty‭ ‬amuse-bouche that you have probably already seen,‭ ‬since it was attached to the same projection reel as‭ ‬Toy Story‭ ‬3.‭ ‬Next week comes the live action shorts.‭ ‬ – H.‭ ‬Erstein

Christopher Oden and Dennis Creaghan in Freud's Last Session.

Theater:‭ ‬This‭ ‬is the final weekend for Palm Beach Dramaworks‭’ ‬acclaimed production of Mark St.‭ ‬Germain’s cerebral two-character fictional history play,‭ ‬Freud’s Last Session,‭ ‬a meeting of the minds between Dr.‭ ‬Sigmund Freud,‭ ‬the father of psychoanalysis and a staunch atheist and novelist-lecturer C.S.‭ ‬Lewis,‭ ‬a recent fervent convert to Christianity.‭ ‬At St.‭ ‬Germain imagines it,‭ ‬they meet politely and soon lock horns over the existence of God and the meaning of life,‭ ‬as the world teeters on the brink of World War II.‭ ‬Dennis Creaghan as Freud and Christopher Oden as Lewis are very engaging,‭ ‬but don’t take my word for it:‭ ‬Go look up the recent rave review the West Palm Beach company got from‭ ‬The Wall Street Journal.‭ ‬Through Sunday only.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬514-4042‭ ‬for tickets.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Paul Bowles‭ (‬1910-1999‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬Paul Bowles is an unusually interesting American writer,‭ ‬an expat who went the distance,‭ ‬and not in Paris or London,‭ ‬but in Tangier,‭ ‬Morocco.‭ ‬But as a young man he was a composer first and foremost,‭ ‬and tonight at the DeSantis Chapel on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University,‭ ‬Bowles‭’ ‬rarely heard Concerto for Two Pianos gets a hearing at a concert of the student PBA Symphony.‭ ‬Duo Gastesi-Bezerra will do the honors for this‭ ‬20-minute,‭ ‬four-movement work that conductor Lloyd Mims says reminds him most of Milhaud.‭ ‬The Bowles is joined by a world premiere:‭ ‬Rayos de Esperanza,‭ ‬for two pianos and strings,‭ ‬by PBAU faculty member Marlene Woodward-Cooper,‭ ‬a fine composer.‭ ‬The orchestra shares the stage with the PBAU Symphonic Band under David Jacobs,‭ ‬who will conduct music by Holst‭ (‬the‭ ‬Suite in E-flat‭)‬,‭ ‬Grainger‭ (‬Lincolnshire Posy‭)‬,‭ ‬Piston‭ (‬Tunbridge Fair‭) ‬and Hovhaness‭ (‬Suite for Band‭)‬.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$10‭; ‬call‭ ‬803-2970‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pba.edu/performances.

Elmar Oliveira.

Also tonight:‭ ‬Violinist Elmar Oliveira hosts a concert of chamber music at Lynn University featuring a number of his colleagues at the Boca Raton school.‭ ‬On the program at the Wold Performing Arts Center are the Sonata No.‭ ‬3‭ ‬of Bach‭ (‬BWV‭ ‬1005‭)‬,‭ ‬the Piano Trio No.‭ ‬4‭ (‬in E minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬90,‭ ‬Dumky‭) ‬of Dvorak,‭ ‬the too-rarely heard Septet for Trumpet,‭ ‬Piano and Strings of Camille Saint-Saens,‭ ‬and the lovely String Sextet No.‭ ‬1‭ (‬in G,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬36‭) ‬of Brahms.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20-$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬237-7607‭ ‬or visit www.lynn.edu/tickets.

And speaking of chamber music: The Delray String Quartet introduces the third concert in its seasonal series starting this Sunday at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.‭ ‬After the last program’s survey of Russian music‭ (‬Shostakovich No.‭ ‬7,‭ ‬Arensky No.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬the foursome plans music by Mendelssohn‭ (‬Quartet No.‭ ‬3‭ ‬in D,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬44,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬1‭) ‬and Dvorak‭ (‬Quartet No.‭ ‬10‭ ‬in E-flat,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬51‭)‬,‭ ‬along with an arrangement of Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1,‭ ‬in honor of the bicentenary of the composer’s birth.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Colony on East Atlantic Avenue‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬213-4138‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.delraystringquartet.com.

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