Anyone under 40 who works or is interested in working in the arts sector is invited to the launch of Buffalo's chapter of "Emerging Leaders in the Arts" at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event, organized by Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County's Lauren Albrecht, aims to create a local community of current and aspiring arts professionals.
The event, which takes place at Sample Restaurant in Allentown, will be facilitated by Kimberly Billoni, the chief executive of SPLiCE, a product licensing company.
The text of a release about the event follows after the jump.
"The Collected Works of Harold Clurman" has turned out to be one my better purchasing decisions ever. After taking in a tedious production of "84: A Tribute to Orwell's Dystopia!" last night in the Subversive Theatre Collective's Manny Fried playhouse, I came across this pearl of insight about one of Jean-Paul Sartre's plays, which Clurman wrote about in 1951:
My thoughts exactly. See my review of "84" in Tuesday's News.
A play may be well-written, intellectually stimulating, socially significant and still not be good. This is the case with Sartre's "Le Diable et le Bon Dieu," a big machine, as the French phrase it, which churns up a great deal of interesting and perhaps important matter without ever imparting the feeling of a vital experience.
The arts are alive, as the Web site of the embattled Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County proclaims. But what about the Arts Council itself?
Following Monday's announcement that Celeste Lawson was dismissed from her post as Executive Director at the arts advocacy organization, the local arts community is scratching its collective head over the future of the organization. But rest assured, the group isn't going to evaporate into thin air just yet.
"Falls 26," a 2005 photograph by Alec Soth from his "NIAGARA" series. Photo from alecsoth.com.
Semyon Bychkov, one of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's more colorful former music directors, is in the news again today. Specifically, he is in the Wall Street Journal.
Bychkov — shown above with his pianist wife, Marielle Labeque — gets top billing in an essay alluringly titled "In Praise of Infidelity," by the noted concert pianist Byron Janis.
Don't jump to salacious conclusions: Knowing Janis is a pianist, you could probably guess that the story is not about Tiger Woods but about infidelity to a composer's score. Janis begins by quoting something Bychkov said before conducting Wagner's romantic medieval tale "Lohengrin" last April in London. Bychkov, who got his start in opera as a young man conducting Verdi's "Il Trovatore" at Artpark, has become one of the world's foremost Wagner conductors.
In an interview last April, before his performance of Wagner's "Lohengrin" at London's Covent Garden, the noted opera and orchestral conductor Semyon Bychkov stated: "You start trying to be faithful to a composer's score, but great masterpieces give you enormous possibilities for interpretation. You can serve the music without being subservient." The statement of St. Augustine could apply: "Love God and do what you will."
That is how the essay begins. It might be the only time Bychkov is quoted in tandem with St. Augustine. Considering the maestro's sense of humor, I imagine he likes that.
Byron Janis was a student of Vladimir Horowitz's and will be publishing his memoirs next fall. Perhaps we will be able to read more about Bychkov.
Meanwhile, you can keep on top of Bychkov's music-making and globe trotting on his attractive Web site.
— Mary Kunz Goldman
JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, recently conducted a free performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Hawaii with the Honolulu Symphony. Falletta is artistic adviser to the Honolulu Symphony. The concert was the orchestra's thank you to the people who had supported it through the years. The orchestra has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has canceled the remainder of its concerts for the season.
Falletta's Beethoven's Ninth, performed Dec. 27, had an additional Buffalo connection. The singer scheduled to sing the baritone part had to back out because of a scheduling conflict. So Valerian Ruminski, the opera singer from our town, took his place. That is Ruminski pictured above, last summer when his Nickel City Opera staged "The Barber of Seville" at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.
Falletta learned Ruminski was coming to Hawaii to perform in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," which is what gave her the idea to ask him to sing the Beethoven. In case anyone from Buffalo is fleeing our winter for the warm breezes of Hawaii, Ruminski is singing the part of Don Bartolo in "The Marriage of Figaro" for the Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT). Performances are Jan. 29, Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.
Ruminski was overjoyed to sing the Ninth. When the concert was over, he and Falletta found time to have lunch. "We sat down amidst the blue sky, sun and palm trees and talked about possible projects to be shared by the BPO and Nickel City Opera in the coming year," he told The News in an e-mail.
He added: "What those projects are can only be guessed at. :-) ."
-- Mary Kunz Goldman
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