Friday, March 11, 2011

Weekend arts picks: March 11-13

Ray Bolger, Judy Garland and Jack Haley in The Wizard of Oz.

The film industry has been one of the best things ever to happen to the symphony orchestra, and tonight at the Festival of the Arts Boca, both will be together again. Restoration specialist John Guberman is bringing the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater tonight, to be screened to the accompaniment of live music from the Boca Raton Symphonia. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, who’s worked the festival before, leads an augmented version of the orchestra for the concert. It should be fun to see the Boca Symphonia accompanying the young Judy Garland in Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as well as hear that busy Herbert Stothart music that runs underneath Margaret Hamilton as she rides her bicycle. The shows starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 571-2787 or visit www.festivaloftheartsboca.org.


Helios, by Nathan Selikoff.

Art: Orlando resident Nathan Selikoff started working with computers at age 3, growing up with a father who was a software engineer. He went on to the University of Central Florida for studies in computing and fine art, and these days the 30-year-old creates art from algorithms, making Hubble-like images that glow like star formations, among other things. Through March 25, Selikoff’s work is featured at the art gallery on the Eissey Campus of Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens (the college is currently on spring break, so you’ll have to wait until Monday to see it) in a show called Process & Influence. These are the kinds of images that inspire a lot of reflection. Precise as they are, they are nevertheless mysterious, and it’s the kind of work that makes you think about repeating patterns in nature, the power of computers, and the immensity of space. The gallery is open from 9 to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, except for Tuesday, when it’s open until 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 207-5015.

Jeon Do-yuon in The Housemaid.

Film: The film industry in South Korea is remarkably vibrant, as exemplified by the visually polished, sensuous thriller The Housemaid, playing this week at the Mos’Art Theatre in Lake Park. It is the tale of an affluent couple who hire an attractive, working-class woman to be their housemaid. But the husband soon has other plans for her, bedding her and, before long, impregnating her. This understandably enrages the wife, who focuses her anger on the servant, with violent consequences. Still, the tone is muted and artful. You wouldn’t want to see the inevitable Hollywood remake of this one. And delicate-featured Jeon Do-yuon gives a standout performance in the title role. – H. Erstein

A scene from West Side Story.

Theater: It has been a shaky season so far for the Kravis on Broadway series, but this week the West Palm performing arts center hosts a classic produced with a lot of care. It is West Side Story, the landmark musical from 1957 that re-imagines the clash of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on the mean streets of New York with the Jets and Sharks, warring gangs. Joey McKneely, a protégé of the late Jerome Robbins, reproduces his stunning dances with loving care and the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score is still a thrill to hear. The production’s only misstep is trying to turn the show bilingual, having the Sharks speak and sing in Spanish, but only occasionally. A questionable idea, but nothing can really damage this show, when performed by triple-threat pros like this national tour has. Through Sunday. Call (561) 832-7469 for tickets. – H. Erstein

Dai Miyata.

Music: Tonight, Japanese cellist Dai Miyata plays the second of two concerts he’s given this week under the auspices of the Kronberg Academy’s Palm Beach County operation. The first-prize winner in the Rostropovich Competition in Paris last year, Miyata will play the Sonata No. 5 (in G major) of Jean-Baptiste Breval, Beethoven’s variations on Bei mannern from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (WoO 46), Gaspar Cassado’s Requiebros, and the Hungarian Rhapsody (Op. 68) of David Popper. The concert is set for 8 p.m. at the Ora Sorensen Gallery, 445 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets are $30. Call 283-1815 or visit www.usfriendskronbergacademy.org.

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), at about the time
he wrote the Piano Quintet.


The Delray String Quartet continues its current season tonight and Sunday afternoon with its annual series of concerts accompanied by pianist Tao Lin. On the program is a true rarity: The Piano Quintet in G minor of Jean Sibelius (written in 1890), along with the Arioso movement from the Concerto No. 5 (in F minor, BWV 1056) of J.S. Bach, and an arrangement of the Polovetsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. Rounding it out is the lovely String Quartet No. 2 of the much-neglected American composer Randall Thompson. The group plays at 7:30 tonight at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $20; for more information, call 213-4138.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

Thanks for posting about my solo show, Process & Influence!