Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekend arts picks: Feb. 25-27

Sabina Cvilak,‭ ‬David Adam Moore,‭ ‬Matteo Peirone,‭ ‬
Norman Shankle and Jurgita Adamonyte
in Cosi fan Tutte.


Music:‭ ‬Lorenzo Da Ponte wrote three operas with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,‭ ‬and Palm Beach Opera has presented the first two‭ – ‬Le Nozze di Figaro and‭ ‬Don Giovanni‭ – ‬over the past two seasons.‭ ‬Tonight,‭ ‬the company presents the last of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas,‭ ‬Cosi fan Tutte.‭ ‬In some ways the most important and radical of the three,‭ ‬it’s written to an original libretto and deals with questions of fidelity in a comic,‭ ‬but ultimately adult,‭ ‬way.‭ ‬Glyndebourne Festival veteran Stephen Lawless helms the production,‭ ‬which features Sabina Cvilak and Jurgita Adamonyte as Fiordiligi and Dorabella,‭ ‬and Norman Shankle and David Adam Moore as Ferrando and Guglielmo.‭ ‬That cast will appear tonight and Sunday afternoon‭; ‬the alternate cast features Caitlin Lynch and Patricia Risley in the two female leads,‭ ‬and Joel Prieto and Andrew Schroeder as their male foils.‭ ‬Curtain is‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬at the Kravis Center,‭ ‬with tickets starting at‭ ‬$23.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬833-7888‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pbopera.org,‭ ‬or reach out to the Kravis at‭ ‬832-7469‭ ‬or‭ ‬www.kravis.org.

Hilary Hahn.

One of the finest violinists in the nation is Hilary Hahn,‭ ‬a prodigy whose first recording at‭ ‬17‭ ‬was a daring survey of the Bach solo literature,‭ ‬a choice that is most unusual but reflects the considerable intelligence of a woman who moonlights as a journalist for the great contemporary music Web portal Sequenza21.‭ ‬She appears in recital tonight at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart with the fine Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa.‭ ‬The two have been touring with the Beethoven‭ ‬Spring Sonata as well as sonatas by two American mavericks:‭ ‬Charles Ives‭ (‬Sonata No.‭ ‬4‭) ‬and George Antheil.‭ ‬Hahn has been a good advocate for American music since she recorded Edgar Meyer’s concerto on a disc with the Barber concerto,‭ ‬and her newest disc features the concerto of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon,‭ ‬so expect musical empathy and impressive mastery of difficult material.‭ ‬Tickets for the‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Ovation Concerts show are‭ ‬$75.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬772-286-7827‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.lyrictheatre.com.

A scene from Outside the Law.

Film:‭ ‬Just in time for you to fill out your Oscar ballot is the local opening of‭ ‬Outside the Law,‭ ‬a nominee for Best Foreign‭ ‬Language Film from Algeria.‭ ‬It is a look at that nation’s struggle for independence from France,‭ ‬as seen through the personal battles of three brothers.‭ ‬One is a soldier,‭ ‬another an imprisoned revolutionary and the third a money-grubbing hustler.‭ ‬In this epic film‭ ‬--‭ ‬one of the most expensive ever made in Algeria‭ ‬--‭ ‬they seek bitter revenge for the way they were thrown off their land as youngsters,‭ ‬with family and country as the priorities.‭ ‬Within that context,‭ ‬the well-acted,‭ ‬involving film takes the shape of a gangster picture.‭ ‬Opening today. -- H. Erstein

Erin Joy Schmidt,‭ ‬Jim Ballard and Sarah Grace Wilson in Dinner with Friends.

Theater:‭ ‬Palm Beach Dramaworks usually trafficks in heavyweight classics from writers like Shaw,‭ ‬O’Neill or Ibsen,‭ ‬but they now turn to a contemporary master,‭ ‬Donald Margulies,‭ ‬and his Pulitzer Prize winner from‭ ‬2000,‭ ‬Dinner with Friends.‭ ‬Dramatic,‭ ‬but with plenty of painful humor,‭ ‬it is the tale of two couples,‭ ‬longtime friends whose lives are deeply affected in unexpected ways when one couple splits up over an act of infidelity.‭ ‬Resident director J.‭ ‬Barry Lewis helms a production that features Erin Joy Schmidt and Jim Ballard as nurturing food writers and Sarah Grace Wilson and Eric Martin Brown‭ ‬--‭ ‬married in real life‭ ‬--‭ ‬as the divorcing couple.‭ ‬Opening today and running through April‭ ‬17.‭ ‬Call‭ (‬561‭) ‬514-4042‭ ‬for tickets. -- H. Erstein

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