Friday, July 8, 2011

Weekend arts picks: July 8-10

Jade‭ ‬Master,‭ ‬left,‭ ‬winner of last year‭’‬s Palm Beach Idols
competition, with events producer Eileen Weissmann
at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Theater:‭ ‬Many of Palm Beach County‭’‬s professional theaters are idle this summer,‭ ‬but the Maltz Jupiter Theatre has a few special events,‭ ‬like this Saturday night‭’‬s talent competition,‭ ‬called‭ ‬--‭ ‬what‭ ‬else‭? ‬--‭ ‬Palm Beach Idols.‭ ‬For the eighth annual event,‭ ‬some‭ ‬90‭ ‬locals of all ages who are convinced they have talent auditioned,‭ ‬but only‭ ‬25‭ ‬of them have made the cut to perform and vie for cash prizes and the Idol title.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$25,‭ ‬with proceeds going to the Maltz‭’‬s Theatre Guild,‭ ‬a volunteer service organization.‭ ‬Celebrity judges,‭ ‬largely from the media,‭ ‬will winnow the field down to three in each category‭ ‬--‭ ‬youth,‭ ‬teen and adult‭ ‬--‭ ‬but the ultimate winners are chosen by the audience.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬(561‭) ‬575-2223‭ ‬for tickets.‭

David Carr of The New York Times.

Film:‭ ‬OK,‭ ‬I may be biased towards documentaries about the woeful state of print journalism in the face of new media,‭ ‬but I still contend that Page One:‭ ‬Inside the New York Times is engrossing‭ ‬viewing for anyone curious about the phenomenon of the incredible shrinking daily newspaper.‭ ‬Director Andrew Rossi takes a scattershot approach to his subject,‭ ‬but each of the pieces manage to be interesting,‭ ‬particularly when he focuses on gregarious columnist David Carr who is far outside the profile of a button-down Times newsroom employee.‭ ‬Page One has no answers to the woeful state of journalism these days,‭ ‬but it dredges up a lot of the questions in a thoughtful way.‭ ‬Opening today at FAU‭’‬s Living Room Theater in Boca Raton.

Laszlo Pap.

Music:‭ ‬The Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival,‭ ‬which begins tonight,‭ ‬isn‭’‬t the only hot-month classical series celebrating its‭ ‬20th season in South Florida.‭ ‬The other is Summerfest,‭ ‬the monthlong concert series presented by the Fort Lauderdale-based Symphony of the Americas.‭ ‬This year,‭ ‬the chamber group is teaming with the Remenyi Chamber Orchestra of Hungary in a program that recalls the‭ ‬19th-century violin virtuoso,‭ ‬Eduard Remenyi‭ (‬1830-1898‭) ‬for whom it was named.‭ ‬Remenyi had a big career,‭ ‬but he‭’‬s best known for the accompanist he chose for one of his first major tours in‭ ‬1853,‭ ‬a young pianist from Hamburg named Johannes Brahms.‭ ‬The well-known Hungarian-born violinist Laszlo Pap,‭ ‬a longtime resident of South Florida and a former member of the Florida Philharmonic and the Delray String Quartet,‭ ‬is the soloist in music such as the‭ ‬Meditation from Massenet‭’‬s‭ ‬Thais,‭ ‬Vitali‭’‬s durable‭ ‬Chaconne,‭ ‬and‭ ‬concerti and divertimenti by Vivaldi,‭ ‬Boccherini,‭ ‬Mozart and the Hungarian composer Leo Weiner.‭

The groups,‭ ‬led by James Brooks-Bruzzese,‭ ‬will be playing‭ ‬11‭ ‬area concerts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties,‭ ‬plus a single stop in Vero Beach,‭ ‬and also do residencies in Panama‭ (‬July‭ ‬10-17‭) ‬and Ecuador‭ (‬July‭ ‬28-Aug.‭ ‬1‭)‬.‭ ‬They begin tonight with an‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬concert at the Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale,‭ ‬and admission is free‭ (‬though not for all concerts in the series‭)‬.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬954-335-7002‭ ‬for more information.

Vanessa Perez.

The Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez makes her return Saturday night to the Piano Lovers series in Boca Raton with a program of music by Mozart‭ (‬one of the sonatas and the fantasies‭)‬,‭ ‬Chopin‭ (‬the Barcarolle,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬60,‭ ‬and the Fantasy in F minor,‭ ‬Op.‭ ‬49‭) ‬and Albeniz‭ (‬selections from Iberia‭)‬.‭ ‬Perez,‭ ‬based in New York,‭ ‬has‭ ‬a long and‭ ‬impressive resume that includes studies at the Royal College of Music in London,‭ ‬performances all over Europe and the Americas in major venues,‭ ‬and a collaboration with Joshua Bell on his‭ ‬At Home With Friends album.‭ ‬Here she is,‭ ‬caught in the middle of Lavapies,‭ ‬from Book‭ ‬3‭ ‬of Iberia.‭ ‬The concert begins at‭ ‬7‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday at the Steinway Gallery in Boca Raton‭; ‬tickets are‭ ‬$25‭ ‬in advance,‭ ‬$30‭ ‬at the door.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬929-6633‭ ‬for more information.

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