Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekend arts picks: June 24-29

Duke Ellington‭ (‬1899-1974‭)‬.

Music:‭ ‬After conquering the world of popular music,‭ ‬bandleader Duke Ellington began branching out in more ambitious directions for the concert hall.‭ ‬In‭ ‬1943,‭ ‬his suite‭ ‬Black,‭ ‬Brown and Beige had its premiere at Carnegie Hall,‭ ‬and in subsequent years there would be a landmark recording of the work with the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson performing‭ ‬Come Sunday.‭ ‬And come this Sunday,‭ ‬Aaron Kula’s Klezmer Company Orchestra will present the work in what it believes to be its Florida premiere as part of an all-American concert at Florida Atlantic University’s Kaye Auditorium.‭ ‬Spirit of America,‭ ‬as the concert is called,‭ ‬also will feature‭ ‬Candy,‭ ‬a ballad by Glenn Miller‭ (‬also in a premiere‭)‬,‭ ‬and Aaron Copland’s‭ ‬Appalachian Spring suite.‭ ‬Singers Lisanne Lyons and Daniel Cochran join Kula and the KCO for the event,‭ ‬which begins at‭ ‬3‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$17-$38.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-564-9539‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.fauevents.com.

U2.

We last saw Paul Hewson and David Evans‭ – ‬aka Bono and The Edge‭ – ‬on the Tony Awards broadcast as they introduced a ballad from their musical‭ ‬Spider-Man.‭ ‬Next Wednesday night,‭ ‬we’ll see them again in their more familiar roles as the engines of the seminal rock quartet U2,‭ ‬which plays the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens as part of its hugely successful‭ ‬360°‭ ‬Tour.‭ ‬English up-and-comers Florence and the Machine open for the boys from Dublin.‭ ‬Tickets for the‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert:‭ ‬$30-$250,‭ ‬through www.livenation.com.

Brad Pitt and Cole Cockburn in The Tree of Life.

Film:‭ ‬Fans of filmmaker Terrence Malick know that he works on a different time schedule than other writer-directors and the results are completely outside the demands of commercial movies.‭ ‬His previous feature release,‭ ‬The New World,‭ ‬was six years ago,‭ ‬and frankly it was so ethereal that it tested the audience’s patience.‭ ‬Now in theaters is the remarkable‭ ‬The Tree of Life,‭ ‬also more of a tone poem than a conventional narrative,‭ ‬but compelling on its own terms.‭ ‬It is the story of a Texas couple‭ (‬Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain‭) ‬and their three sons,‭ ‬seen in the‭ ‬1950s,‭ ‬through the memory of their oldest boy,‭ ‬now grown‭ (‬Sean Penn‭)‬.‭ ‬Through a series of minor events,‭ ‬we see the sons grow up,‭ ‬come of age and learn about life.‭ ‬Ultimately,‭ ‬the film encompasses the very essence of life,‭ ‬exquisitely photographed,‭ ‬a Malick signature.‭ ‬Likely to challenge moviegoers who cannot adjust to its glacial pace,‭ ‬it contains some impressive performances and images and could well end up vying for Oscars early next year.‭ ‬In area theaters.‭ – ‬H.‭ ‬Erstein

Christina Caperna,‭ ‬Nicky Wood,‭ ‬Jessica Pereira,‭
‬Lanardo Davis,‭ ‬Alyssa Berger and Taylor Joseph Rivera
in Footloose, at the Maltz tonight and Saturday.


Theater:‭ ‬Most youth training showcases are aimed squarely at the parents and neighbors of the cast members,‭ ‬but the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts‭ (‬COPA‭) ‬often presents productions ever non-relatives can enjoy.‭ ‬This summer,‭ ‬the company of budding thespians in grades‭ ‬6‭ ‬through‭ ‬12‭ ‬is tackling‭ ‬Footloose,‭ ‬the stage musical based on the‭ ‬1984‭ ‬Kevin Bacon flick about an urban teen who tries to fit in when he and his mother love to a reactionary Midwest town where‭ ‬--‭ ‬yikes‭! ‬--‭ ‬dancing is forbidden.‭ ‬The score by Dean Pitchford and Kenny Loggins‭ (‬as well as several other composers‭)‬ includes such breakout songs as‭ ‬Let’s Hear It for the Boy,‭ ‬Almost Paradise and the title tune.‭ ‬For the cast’s weeks of rehearsals,‭ ‬it performs only twice,‭ ‬today and Saturday,‭ ‬at‭ ‬7:30‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$20‭ ‬for adults,‭ ‬$15‭ ‬for kids.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬515-2672‭ ‬for reservations.‭ ‬– H.‭ ‬Erstein

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