Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekend arts picks: April 1-3

A scene from Crazy for You, now playing at the Maltz.

Theater:‭ ‬Thanks to the business savvy of the Gershwin Estate,‭ ‬George and Ira Gershwin have written a few musicals after their death.‭ ‬Or rather,‭ ‬their vast song trunk has been made available to those who would reuse their familiar and obscure compositions in new settings,‭ ‬such as‭ ‬Crazy for You,‭ ‬a‭ “‬new‭” ‬show from‭ ‬1992‭ ‬that harkens back in style and score to the‭ ‬1930s.‭ ‬The story concerns an affluent New Yorker who yearns to be a song-and-dance man,‭ ‬but is sent off to the sleepy town of Deadrock,‭ ‬Nev.,‭ ‬to foreclose on a dormant theater.‭ ‬Of course,‭ ‬as these shows go,‭ ‬he falls in love instead.‭ ‬The Maltz Jupiter Theatre,‭ ‬which has had considerable success with large-scale musicals,‭ ‬keeps its string alive,‭ ‬thanks primarily to crafty choreographer Shea Sullivan and star-in-the-making leading man,‭ ‬Matt Loehr.‭ ‬Continuing through April‭ ‬17.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬575-2223‭ ‬for tickets.‭ ‬ – H.‭ ‬Erstein

Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu in Potiche.

Film:‭ ‬As he showed is his earlier giddy tribute to the fair sex,‭ ‬8‭ ‬Women,‭ ‬French director Francois Ozon knows how to serve up froth.‭ ‬In his latest release,‭ ‬Potiche,‭ ‬he enlists the services of his country’s two great film icons,‭ ‬Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu,‭ ‬in a slight,‭ ‬but affectionate comedy with economic and labor issues in the mix as well.‭ ‬Suzanne Pujol‭ (‬Deneuve‭) ‬is a‭ “‬potiche,‭” ‬a trophy wife to the owner-manager of an umbrella factory facing a worker strike.‭ ‬When her husband gets sidelined with a heart attack,‭ ‬she steps in and takes control of the plant,‭ ‬aided by the Communist-leaning mayor‭ (‬Depardieu‭)‬,‭ ‬who happens to be the hubby’s prime rival.‭ ‬Souffles like this are rarely served up with such style.‭ ‬At area theaters.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein


Caroline Goulding.

Music:‭ ‬Caroline Goulding is one of the classical world’s legitimate rising stars,‭ ‬something that the Avery Fisher folks realized when in March they have a‭ ‬$25,000‭ ‬Career Grant to the‭ ‬18-year-old violinist from Port Huron,‭ ‬Mich.‭ ‬Her self-titled debut album has an unusual collection of short pieces from John Corigliano’s‭ ‬Red Violin Caprices to two Canadian folk fiddling tunes.‭ ‬Recorded performances reveal a violinist of great confidence and big technique who in her choices of material promises to be a musician who always will be worth watching.‭ ‬She solos today in the Bruch Concerto No.‭ ‬1‭ ‬in G minor‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬25‭) ‬with Stewart Robertson and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in two performances at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.‭ ‬The shows are set for‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬and‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at the theater.‭ ‬If you miss her,‭ ‬and you know someone at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center in Key Largo,‭ ‬you can catch her there April‭ ‬7‭ ‬when she plays the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra.‭ ‬Tickets for the‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬ACO concert are‭ ‬$45.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬772-287-7627‭ ‬or visit www.lyrictheatre.com.

Delray String Quartet:‭ ‬The Delray comes to the end of its seventh season this weekend with two works from the core repertory:‭ ‬The Schumann Quartet No.‭ ‬2‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬41,‭ ‬No.‭ ‬2‭) ‬and the Tchaikovsky Quartet No.‭ ‬2‭ (‬in F,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬22‭)‬.‭ ‬The quartet,‭ ‬with its new second violinist Tomas Cotik,‭ ‬has had an interesting season that began with a contemporary American work‭ (‬the Quartet No.‭ ‬4‭ ‬of Kenneth Fuchs‭) ‬and reached rarities in its last concert with the Sibelius Piano Quintet and the Quartet No.‭ ‬2‭ ‬of Randall Thompson‭ (‬both well-played‭)‬.‭ ‬Sunday afternoon’s concert is set for‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach‭ (‬tickets:‭ ‬$35‭); ‬the same program can be heard at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬April‭ ‬8‭ ‬at All Saints Episcopal in Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬April‭ ‬10‭ ‬at St.‭ ‬David’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal in Wellington,‭ ‬and at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬April‭ ‬17‭ ‬at St.‭ ‬Stephen’s Episcopal in Coconut Grove.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬213-4138‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.delraystringquartet.com for more information.

Maurice Durufle (1902-1986).

Delray Beach Chorale:‭ ‬Eric Keiper’s community choir presents its spring concert this Saturday afternoon,‭ ‬with a performance of the Requiem of French composer Maurice Durufle leading a program that also includes the‭ ‬Dirait-t-on of the American choral specialist Morten Lauridsen.‭ ‬The choir is joined by the fine organist Matthew Steynor of Trinity Cathedral in Miami and an orchestra,‭ ‬and the audiences for this choir are always large and devoted.‭ ‬The concert is set for‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach,‭ ‬just shy of the sand and the ocean.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-984-7282‭ ‬for more information.‭

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