Thursday, June 16, 2011

ArtsBuzz: WXEL radio now WPBI; Boca Museum of Art sets juried show

WXEL radio becomes WPBI with close of sale to APM

FORT LAUDERDALE‭ ‬– Classical South Florida,‭ ‬the American Public Media radio subsidiary,‭ ‬said it has completed the purchase of WXEL-90.7‭ ‬FM.

The Boynton Beach-based radio station‭’‬s new call letters are WPBI.‭ ‬The Minneapolis-based company bought WXEL radio last year from Barry University in Miami Shores for about‭ ‬$4‭ ‬million.‭ ‬The Federal Communications Commission approved the license transfer in May.

‭“‬This is an exciting day for public radio listeners across South Florida,‭”‬ said Doug Evans,‭ ‬Classical South Florida‭’‬s general manager and president,‭ ‬in a news release.‭ “‬We‭’‬re excited about the opportunity to serve the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast with high-quality public radio programming,‭ ‬and to strengthen‭ ‬the reach and quality of public radio throughout South Florida.‭”

Classical South Florida also operates WKCP-89.7‭ ‬in Miami,‭ ‬which broadcasts classical music‭ ‬24‭ ‬hours a day.‭ ‬The buyout of WXEL was opposed by some members of the community who were concerned that the takeover would mean the elimination of the station‭’‬s local programming.

WPBI‭’‬s broadcast lineup retains its pre-transfer schedule of local shows,‭ ‬including‭ ‬Classical Variations with Joanna Marie‭; ‬Listening to Movies‭ (‬with Caroline Breder-Watts‭); ‬South Florida Artsview‭; ‬Jazz Impressions‭ ‬(with Stu Grant‭); ‬and‭ ‬Florida Forum‭ (‬with Ann Bocock‭)‬.

Ladylike‭ (‬2010‭)‬,‭ ‬by Laura Greenstein.

Boca Museum’s‭ ‬60th all-juried show set for June‭ ‬29

BOCA RATON‭ ‬--‭ ‬The Boca Raton Museum of Art‭’‬s annual all-juried competition will open June‭ ‬29‭ ‬and last through Sept.‭ ‬11,‭ ‬museum officials said.

As the state's oldest annual juried competition,‭ ‬the exhibition reinforces the museum‭’‬s commitment to Florida artists and has introduced the work of thousands of emerging,‭ ‬under recognized,‭ ‬and well-established young and mid-career Florida artists working in all media.‭

The exhibition features‭ ‬101‭ ‬paintings,‭ ‬sculpture,‭ ‬photography,‭ ‬video,‭ ‬and installations.‭ ‬More than‭ ‬1,800‭ ‬artworks by‭ ‬600‭ ‬artists were submitted for consideration.

‭ ‬The juror for the‭ ‬60th Annual All-Florida Exhibition is Valerie Ann Leeds,‭ ‬adjunct curator of‭ ‬American art at the Flint Institute of Arts in‭ ‬Flint,‭ ‬Mich.‭ ‬She has also has held‭ ‬curatorial positions at the Orlando Museum of Art,‭ ‬the Tampa Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.‭ ‬Leeds is an expert on the work of Robert Henri,‭ ‬a leading figure in the early‭ ‬20th-century American art movement known as the Ashcan School.

Museum hours are:‭ ‬Tuesday to Friday,‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.-5‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬and Saturday and Sunday,‭ ‬noon to‭ ‬5‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬The first Wednesday of every month sees extended museum hours of‭ ‬10‭ ‬a.m.‭ ‬to‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭

Karen Kennedy.

Master Chorale names Towson’s Karen Kennedy as director‭

FORT LAUDERDALE‭ ‬--‭ ‬The Master Chorale of South Florida has named a new artistic director for its ninth season.

Karen Kennedy,‭ ‬an associate professor and director of choral activities at Towson University in suburban Baltimore,‭ ‬will succeed Joshua Habermann as leader of the‭ ‬80-member community chorus.‭ ‬Habermann left the choir earlier this year to become director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus.

In addition to her work at Towson,‭ ‬Kennedy has worked extensively in Hawaii.‭ ‬She spent six years in Honolulu,‭ ‬serving as associate professor and director of choral activities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.‭ ‬For four years,‭ ‬she served as director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus.‭ ‬She holds a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State‭ ‬University.

The chorale also named Jeffery Stern its associate conductor.‭ ‬Stern is a third-year doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music,‭ ‬where he conducts the university men's chorus,‭ ‬Maelstrom.‭ ‬Stern earned a master’s in music at the University of Minnesota in‭ ‬2009.‭

Matthew Steynor,‭ ‬director of music at Trinity Cathedral in Miami,‭ ‬will return as the group’s rehearsal accompanist,‭ ‬the chorale said.‭ ‬The British-born Steynor has been the choir’s accompanist since the‭ ‬2007-08‭ ‬season.

The chorale’s upcoming season will include three performances of J.S.‭ ‬Bach’s‭ ‬Magnificat on a holiday-themed program‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬18-20‭)‬,‭ ‬accompanied by the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

For more information or to volunteer,‭ ‬please contact‭ ‬Nancy Gates-Lee at 954-770-2805.

Bruno Aprea.

PB Opera’s Aprea signs on through‭ ‬2013-14‭ ‬season

WEST PALM BEACH‭ ‬– Palm Beach Opera has‭ ‬renewed the contract of Artistic Director Bruno Aprea through the‭ ‬2013-2014‭ ‬season.

Aprea,‭ ‬69,‭ ‬has served as maestro for the Palm Beach Opera since the beginning of the‭ ‬2005-06‭ ‬season,‭ ‬and has conducted more than‭ ‬20‭ ‬productions with the company.

‭“‬The Palm Beach audience is a cultivated audience that desires,‭ ‬justly,‭ ‬something much more than ordinary,‭ ‬pleasant entertainment,‭” ‬Aprea said in a news release.‭ “‬Next season will surely maintain the same level as the last.‭”

Aprea began his musical career as a pianist after studying under his father,‭ ‬Tito Aprea,‭ ‬at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in his native Rome.‭ ‬His work has taken him all over Europe,‭ ‬South America,‭ ‬South Africa and Israel.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1977,‭ ‬he won the Koussevitzky Prize at the Tanglewood Festival,‭ ‬making him the second Italian conductor after Claudio Abbado in‭ ‬1958‭ ‬to win it.

Palm Beach Opera was founded in‭ ‬1961‭ ‬and will mark its‭ ‬50th anniversary season at the Kravis Center beginning Dec.‭ ‬16‭ ‬with a production of Giacomo Puccini’s‭ ‬Madame Butterfly,‭ ‬one of the most popular operas in the world.‭ ‬Also on tap are Gounod’s‭ ‬Romeo et Juliette from Feb.‭ ‬24-27,‭ ‬Donizetti’s‭ ‬Lucia di Lammermoor‭ ‬from March‭ ‬23-26,‭ ‬and two gala‭ ‬50th-anniversary concerts of operatic selections on Jan.‭ ‬20‭ ‬and‭ ‬22.‭

Louis XV commode‭ (‬1761‭)‬,‭ ‬by Leonard Boudin,‭
‬part of the Flagler Museum’s furniture collection.‭
(‬Photo‭ © ‬Flagler Museum‭)

Flagler Museum gets federal grant for furniture survey

PALM BEACH‭ ‬--‭ ‬The Flagler Museum has received a‭ ‬$42,800‭ ‬conservation project support grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services‭ (‬IMLS‭)‬,‭ ‬the primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums and libraries.‭

The funding will be used toward conducting a detailed furniture conservation survey of the more than‭ ‬400‭ ‬objects in the museum’s furniture collection.‭ ‬This survey will serve as an important planning tool in organizing conservation treatments and priorities,‭ ‬evaluating needed resources,‭ ‬and developing public exhibits.

The objects in the collection,‭ ‬ranging from the‭ ‬1600s to the‭ ‬1920s,‭ ‬are primarily wood and original to Whitehall or to the Flagler family.‭ ‬The survey will be conducted by F.‭ ‬Carey Howlett,‭ ‬a conservator and consultant with‭ ‬35‭ ‬years of experience.‭ ‬Howlett has served as the director of conservation for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and has led projects at Westover Plantation,‭ ‬the National Academy of Sciences,‭ ‬and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The Flagler Museum,‭ ‬once Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age Whitehall estate,‭ ‬was completed in‭ ‬1902,‭ ‬and is a National Historic Landmark open to the public.‭ ‬The museum,‭ ‬which sees over‭ ‬90,000‭ ‬visitors annually,‭ ‬features guided tours,‭ ‬changing exhibits,‭ ‬and special programs.‭ ‬For information on hours and admission,‭ ‬please call the Flagler Museum at ‭(‬561‭) ‬655-2833 or visit

Delray’s Arts Garage hosts ceramics exhibit‭

DELRAY BEACH‭ –‬The Creative City Collaborative’s new Arts Garage has added an exhibit of ceramic art that will run through July‭ ‬30.

Clay from Earth,‭ ‬hosted by guest curator Jeff Whyman,‭ ‬features the work of‭ ‬13‭ ‬artists in ceramics,‭ ‬including Jim Leedy,‭ ‬who has been regarded as the first abstract expressionist ceramist.

Leedy was chosen to represent the United States in museum exhibitions during the‭ ‬1994‭ ‬Winter Olympics in Lillehammer,‭ ‬Norway.‭ “‬In the last‭ ‬50‭ ‬years,‭ ‬ceramics have catapulted from craft to the fine art world,‭” ‬Leedy said in a news release.‭ “‬The movement over the last‭ ‬20‭ ‬years has been tremendous.‭”

The Collaborative is a‭ ‬nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a‭ “‬creative,‭ ‬authentic,‭ ‬and intimate city.‭” ‬For more information about Creative City Collaborative,‭ ‬including hours and admission,‭ ‬contact Calisha Anderson:‭ ‬,‭ ‬or visit

The cast of The 1940's Radio Hour, left to right:
Darrick Penny, Audra Yokley, Lynn Wilhite and Terry Hardcastle.

FAU shows featured as part of Boca‭’‬s July Fourth celebration

BOCA RATON‭ ‬--‭ ‬Florida Atlantic University and the city of Boca Raton will collaborate on a special Independence Day celebration on July‭ ‬4.‭

The festivities will begin at‭ ‬4‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬on the Fourth‭ (‬a Monday‭) ‬with a special staging of the musical comedy‭ ‬The‭ ‬1940‭’‬s Radio Hour‭ ‬in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. At‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.,‭ ‬family activities and games will be held in the fields just east of the University Theatre,‭ ‬followed at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬with a concert of patriotic music by the Florida Wind Symphony,‭ ‬directed by Kyle Prescott.

‬Fireworks begin at‭ ‬9‭ ‬p.m.‭

The‭ ‬1940‭’‬s Radio Hour,‭ ‬presented by FAU’s dance and theater department,‭ ‬will be performed by professional actors and FAU graduate students.‭ ‬The show is a behind-the-scenes look at a New York City radio station and its entertainers during Christmas‭ ‬1942.‭ ‬The music includes period favorites such as‭ ‬Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy and‭ ‬Strike Up the Band.‭

Tickets for the revue are‭ ‬$20,‭ ‬and admission to the other events is free.‭ ‬There will be free parking and food vendors on site.‭ ‬Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for their own comfort.‭ ‬For more information on the fireworks or other festivities,‭ ‬visit,‭ ‬or call 561-‭ ‬393-7806.

-- Briefs compiled by Katherine Concepcion and Greg Stepanich

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