Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 18-20

Daniela Mack.‭ (‬Photo by Dario Acosta‭)

Music:‭ ‬The music of Spain has long been a favorite of the conductor Philippe Entremont,‭ ‬and for this weekend‭’‬s concert by the Boca Symphonia,‭ ‬he‭’‬s commissioned new arrangements of familiar and not-so-familiar masterworks from the land of Cervantes.‭ ‬The Argentine-born mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack is the guest soloist for Manuel de Falla‭’‬s‭ ‬El Amor Brujo on a program that also includes Albeniz‭’‬s‭ ‬Triana,‭ ‬a newly reorchestrated version of Granados‭’‬ Goyescas,‭ ‬and the‭ ‬Sortileges of the Catalan composer Xavier Montsalvatge.‭ ‬Technically speaking,‭ ‬everything except the de Falla is a world premiere,‭ ‬given that the arrangements are new,‭ ‬and that alone makes it more than worthwhile for lovers of Spanish music to stop by.‭ ‬The concert‭ ‬is set for‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at the Roberts Theater,‭ ‬St.‭ ‬Andrew‭’‬s School,‭ ‬Boca Raton.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$28.50-$50‭; ‬call‭ ‬376-3848‭ ‬for more information.‭

Meanwhile,‭ ‬the fifth annual International Piano Festival at Palm Beach Atlantic University continues apace this weekend and into Tuesday,‭ ‬with concerts at the Persson Recital Hall on the campus of the West Palm Beach Christian college.‭ ‬Some‭ ‬15‭ ‬pianists from around the world are taking part in the International Certificate of Piano Artists festival.‭ ‬There are concerts tonight,‭ ‬Saturday night‭ (‬a high school event‭)‬,‭ ‬and Monday and Tuesday nights‭; ‬all events start at‭ ‬7:30,‭ ‬and tickets are‭ ‬$15‭ ‬apiece,‭ ‬except for Saturday,‭ ‬when they are‭ ‬$10.‭ ‬For more information,‭ ‬call‭ ‬803-2970.

Also this weekend,‭ ‬a very busy one on the classical scene:‭ ‬Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek comes to the Four Arts on Sunday afternoon with the‭ ‬Brahms Second Sonata‭ (‬in A,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬100‭)‬,‭ ‬the solitary,‭ ‬beautiful sonata of Debussy,‭ ‬and Beethoven‭’‬s‭ ‬Kreutzer Sonata‭ (‬No.‭ ‬9‭ ‬in A,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬47‭)‬.‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday,‭ ‬Society of the Four Arts.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$15.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬655-7227‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.fourarts.org.‭

Uzbek pianist Valeriya Polunina,‭ ‬who offered a strong reading of the Rachmaninov Second Concerto last December at a Lynn Philharmonia concert,‭ ‬joins the Piano Lovers series at the Boca Steinway Gallery with Schumann‭’‬s Carnaval and the Op.‭ ‬33‭ ‬set of Rachmaninov‭’‬s Etudes-Tableaux.‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets:‭ ‬$20‭ ‬in advance,‭ ‬$25‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬for more information.


A sculpture by James La Cosse,‭ ‬from last year‭’‬s ArtiGras.

Art:‭ ‬This weekend is the‭ ‬26th annual ArtiGras celebration in downtown Jupiter,‭ ‬which runs for three days and welcomes about‭ ‬150,000‭ ‬people.‭ ‬It‭’‬s more of a large street fair than a curated museum show,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬but there is art from creators around the country available for sale in one of the many booths that will line Abacoa Town Center starting tomorrow.‭ ‬Among the local artists this year are Alex Marksz,‭ ‬Marilyn Murphy,‭ ‬Mike Bacon,‭ ‬Laurie Snow Hein,‭ ‬Nancy Tilles,‭ ‬Philippe Laine‭ ‬and Sue Archer.‭ ‬The festival runs from‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday and Sunday,‭ ‬and‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Monday.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$6‭ ‬in advance,‭ ‬and‭ ‬$10‭ ‬at the gate.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬748-3946‭ ‬for more information,‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.artigras.org.

Jonathan Winters in Certifiably Jonathan.

Film:‭ ‬At‭ ‬85,‭ ‬Jonathan Winters is a show biz icon,‭ ‬a comedian’s comedian,‭ ‬an inventive funnyman who has earned the description‭ “‬deliciously demented.‭” ‬To have a sense of his comic spin,‭ ‬head this week to Lake Park’s Mos’Art Theatre to see‭ ‬Certifiably Jonathan,‭ ‬a documentary that revolves around his perhaps illusory yearning to be taken seriously as a visual artist.‭ ‬More than anything,‭ ‬he wants a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art,‭ ‬but standing in the way is a newly developed humorist’s and artist’s block.‭

Helping him get his funny back are some of his comedy disciples‭ ‬--‭ ‬Robin Williams,‭ ‬Jim Carrey,‭ ‬Sarah Silverman and Howie Mandel.‭ ‬Not everything in the movie works,‭ ‬but there is no denying that there is an exceptional mind at work here.‭ ‬Opening Friday. -- H. Erstein

Irene Adjan,‭ ‬Josh Canfield and Tom Wahl in Next Fall.

Theater:‭ ‬Beginning Sunday,‭ ‬Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre previews Geoffrey Naufft’s‭ ‬Next Fall,‭ ‬a Tony Award Best Play nominee from last season on Broadway,‭ ‬the dramatic tale of how an auto accident leaves a young gay would-be actor close to death in a New York hospital intensive care unit,‭ ‬bringing together his diverse friends and relatives in the waiting room.‭ ‬The production,‭ ‬a Florida premiere,‭ ‬is directed by Caldwell co-founder Michael Hall,‭ ‬in his first return to the company since retiring as artistic director in‭ ‬2009.‭

He molds a cast of Caldwell favorites,‭ ‬including Pat Nesbit,‭ ‬Tom Wahl and Irene Adjan.‭ ‬Opening next Friday,‭ ‬Feb.‭ ‬25.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬for tickets.‭ -- H. Erstein

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