Mallarmé presents ‘Curious Commissions’
DURHAM -- The Mallarmé Chamber Players will present “Curious Commissions” at 3 p.m. Sunday in Reynolds Industries Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke University’s West Campus. The concert features three works of music all relating in some way to unusual commissioning circumstances.
The concert is a collaboration of three North Carolina arts organizations: Mallarmé, Helen Simoneau Danse and the Choral Society of Durham.
J.S. Bach’s G major Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord provides an interesting backdrop for a modern pas de deux. Helen Simoneau, dancer and choreographer, and Suzanne Rousso, the artistic director of Mallarmé, decided to collaborate to create a work of modern dance to the Bach sonata. They were both interested in the juxtaposition of 17th century music with contemporary dance, and playing with the contrast of the two genres was a choreographic challenge Simoneau was excited to undertake.
Manuel de Falla wrote his Harpsichord Concerto for Wanda Landowska, the pioneering Polish-French harpsichordist who had been urging her composer contemporaries to write new music for the instrument. Landowska gave the première conducted by de Falla in Barcelona in November 1926. This première was apparently under-rehearsed (the piece is quite difficult) with musical parts that had many copying mistakes in them. Consequently, the première was not well-received, and Landowska declined further performance of this work dedicated to her. Harpsichordist Elaine Funaro will perform this edgy work with flutist Carla Copeland-Burns, oboist Bo Newsome, clarinetist Kevin Streich, violinist Jacqueline Carrasco and cellist Marc Moskovitz.
“The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, or the Three Sundays of a Poet” was commissioned in 1958 by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation and calls for chorus, dancers and nine instrumentalists. The work is orchestrated for a chamber ensemble consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, cello, double bass, harp, and percussion. This work stands alone as a musical presentation, which is how Mallarmé and the Choral Society of Durham will present it March 2.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at tickets.duke.edu or at 919-684-4444.
Pleaides to present ‘DWELL’
DURHAM – “DWELL,” a new show featuring Jim Adams and Sandra Elliott, running from March 11-30 at Pleiades Fine Art Gallery, will explore and challenge assumptions and perceptions about the relationship between art, architecture and interior design.
Fully titled "DWELL, an interior designer and an architectural draftsman walk into a gallery...", the show will combine the works of Adams, a metal sculptor and draftsman, and Elliott, a painter and designer, to “inspire conversation about the labels we put on the beautiful things with which we surround ourselves.”
“DWELL” will present metal sculptures which also function as lighting; large pieces of abstract and impressionist art which have been turned into upholstery and oilcloth rugs; paintings hanging on the wallpaper which inspired their design; and elegantly sculpted furniture from metal and wood.
Pleiades Fine Art Gallery is at 109 E. Chapel Hill St. For information, call 919-797-2706.
DFT announces acting classes
DURHAM – Durham Family Theatre will present a series of eight-week acting classes beginning in March. All classes meet at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St.
Cost for each class is $125, with a 10 percent discount for the second child in any family enrolled. Scholarships are available (please ask for an application form).
For a schedule of classes, visit the classes page at DurhamFamilyTheatre.WordPress.com. Checks and registration forms may be sent to DFT, PO Box 61894, Durham, NC 27715.
Yoga and chant artist to perform
DURHAM -- "Yoga's rock star" and chant artist Krishna Das will perform at the Durham Armory March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Since 1996, Krishna Das has released 14 albums and has traveled the world singing and teaching kirtan and bhakti yoga (call and response devotional chanting).
His recording "Live Ananda" was nominated for a Grammy in 2012. Das also has a Sirius XM Radio channel with his name on it and is the subject of a documentary movie about his life, "One Track Heart."
Doors for this event open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 plus a $1.50 service fee and are available at www.krishnadas.com. Tickets will be available for cash sale at the door for $40. The Durham Armory is at 220 Foster St.
Tori Amos’ tour coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- Tori Amos is set to release her new studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” May 13. The tour will come to the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 20.
“Unrepentant Geraldines” is Amos’ 14th studio recording, and a return to her core identity as a creator of contemporary songs, following a series of more classically-inspired musical projects of the last four years. These have included the seasonal collection “Midwinter Graces,” the classically influenced “Night of Hunters,” and “Gold Dust.”
Tickets go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com, at the DPAC box office at 919-680-2787 or at www.dpacnc.com.
Hillsborough plans walking tour
HILLSBOROUGH – A walking tour of downtown will be held March 8 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located in the Alexander Dickson House at 150 E. King St. The tour will visit several landmarks of the downtown historic district, including the Hughes Academy, a 19th century one-room schoolhouse; the Regulator Marker, hanging site of six colonial protesters; the Old Town Cemetery, and other sites.
The cost of the tour is $5 per person; children under 12 are free. For information please call the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 919-732-7741.
Hillsborough to present ‘Pages and Stages’
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Hillsborough Arts Council and Purple Crow Books present the latest installment of their “Arts Alive! Pages and Stages” series, “Homeplaces Seen, Heard, and Sung” Thursday at 8 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road.
Through poems, fiction and songs, local novelists, singers, poets, and actors will lead visitors inside several historic buildings and reveal the stories within. Among the expected presenters will be Jeffrey Beam, John Claude Bemis, Allan Gurganus, Jane Holding, Frances Mayes, Michael Malone, Andrea Edith Moore, Nancy Peacock, Maureen Quilligan, Lee Smith, Callie Warner and Steven Burke.
Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at Purple Crow Books, 109 W. King St. Purple Crow Books will sell autographed books by presenters. For information or tickets, call Purple Crow Books at 919-732-1711 or the Hillsborough Arts Council at 919-643-2500.
Group to adapt Daniel Wallace novel
CHAPEL HILL -- A cast of “constructed actors” and behind-the-scenes puppeteers will perform Rob Hamilton’s “The Misdirection of Henry Walker,” an adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s novel “Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician,” March 27-April 6 in Swain Hall at UNC.
Designer and puppeteer Rob Hamilton has adapted the novel by the author of “Big Fish” using shadow play and multimedia performance to tell the darkly magical, misdirected tale. PlayMakers company member Jeffrey Blair Cornell will provide the voice of Henry Walker, while a cast of more than a dozen provides additional voices, video and puppetry.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 27-29 and April 3-5, and 2 p.m. March 3 and April 6 in Swain Hall’s studio six on UNC’s campus. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for students and can be purchased online at www.comm.unc.edu/HenryWalker. Tickets will also be available at the box office beginning 30 minutes prior to each performance.
(This performance contains mature themes and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 16.)
Library to present women’s history doc
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will screen excerpts from the PBS film “Makers: Women Who Made America,” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
“Makers” tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in American history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. Sharon Holland, professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will introduce the film and lead a conversation after the screening. This program is co-sponsored by UNC-TV.
For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
--From staff reports