Houston Lifestyles & Homes November 2009
performing arts in the houston area
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Mary Wilson
of the supremes

Houston Symphony, Nov. 6 - 8
Mary Wilson of the Supremes will take the stage at Jones Hall on Nov. 6-8. Wilson, recently portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Dreamgirls, brings her sultry, smoky voice to the Houston Symphony stage for songs like Baby Love, Come See About Me and Stop! In The Name of Love.
For more information, go to www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
Randee St. Nicholas
Sound of Music
Theatre Under The Stars,
Dec. 8 - 20
This year, TUTS presents a holiday gift from the wish list of your favorite things, the classic show for all ages, The Sound of Music. Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture, the show is one of only four that also won Broadway ’s Best Musical Tony Award.
The songs everyone loves, including Lonely Goatherd, Do Re Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Climb Ev’ry Mountain form a score still a top-seller for nearly five decades. The Sound of Music, last and greatest success of Rodgers and Hammerstein, will charm you once again just in time for the holiday season. For more information, go to www.tuts.com.
The Sound of Music takes the stage from Dec. 8-20.
Joan Marcus
Mireille Hassenboehler and Linnar Looris perform in The Nutcracker.
the nutcracker
Houston Ballet,
Nov. 27 - Dec. 27
Beginning Nov. 27, the Houston Ballet will bring its beloved production of Ben Stevenson ’s The Nutcracker to the Wortham Theater Center for 35 performances. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky ’s magical score, Desmond Heeley’s fairytale scenery and Stevenson’s vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create one of the most visually stunning productions of The Nutcracker in the world today.
For more information, go to www.houstonballet.org.
Amitava Sarkar
a little day music series
Da Camera Of Houston,  Nov. 4, Dec. 2
Da Camera of Houston’s long-standing A Little Day Music series of free lunchtime concerts returns to the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center at noon. The popular series of chamber music and jazz concerts is especially attractive to downtown workers.
A Little Day Music is presented on the first Wednesday of every month and continues in November with the Da Camera Young Artists and in December with a holiday jazz program by the Sam Dinkins III Quartet.
Concertgoers are encouraged to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. For more information, call 713-524-5050 or go to www.dacamera.com.

Mary Poppins
Broadway Across America, Through Nov. 8
Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning Mary Poppins is everything anyone would hope for in a Broadway musical—and more. Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, the show includes such wonderful songs as Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite and, of course, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The NY Daily News hails Mary Poppins  as “a roof-raising, toe-tapping, high-flying extravaganza!” For more information, go to www.broadwayacrossamerica.com.

The Elixir of Love
Houston Grand Opera, Through Nov. 7
This sparkling folktale is one of Donizetti’s most popular operas. Lovesick Nemorino falls madly in love with the young landowner Adina knowing well that she is out of his league. Luckily, the scheming Dr. Dulcamara has just the cure to what ails him. Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina sings the minx Adina and Eric Cutler is Nemorino. Internationally renowned Italian bass-baritone Alessandro Corbelli plays Dr. Dulcamara and Liam Bonner is the flamboyant Sergeant Belcore. Directed by Annabel Arden, The Elixir of Love takes place in a rustic Italian town square.
For more information, go to www.houstongrandopera.org.

Josephine Meckseper
Blaffer Gallery, Through Nov. 14
Josephine Meckseper’s work engages leftist theories and politics in a consumerist reality. Specifically, she examines the semantics of media propaganda as well as capitalist sales and advertising strategies. The exhibition at Blaffer Gallery, curated by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow Rachel Hooper, will contain Meckseper ’s documentary photographs of anti-war protests; her signature mannequin and product display installations; two videos, 0% Down (2008) and Mall of America (2009); and a new installation created on site—a replication of the stage sets used during U.S. presidential television debates.
For more information, go to www.blaffergallery.org or call 713-743-2255.

Joaquín Torres-García:
Paintings in Houston Collections
Museum Of Fine Arts Houston, Through Nov. 29
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston will showcase a selection of key paintings by Joaqu ín Torres-García through Nov. 29. He is one of the most influential Latin American artists and theorists of the first half of the 20th century.
Joaquín Torres-García: Paintings in Houston Collections features a dozen paintings all culled from major Houston collections. The exhibition complements Joaquín Torres-García: Constructing Abstraction with Wood, an exhibition of more than 80 wooden constructions. These two exhibitions will be the first to present Torres-Garc ía’s work in the United States in over 40 years.
For more information, call 713-639-7300 or go to www.mfah.org.

Boston Camerata
Houston Friends Of Music, Dec. 8
The Boston Camerata preserves and reawakens human memory as expressed through the art of music. It accomplishes this through live, historically informed, professional performances. Founded in 1954, the Boston Camerata was associated until 1974 with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Camerata began touring overseas in 1974, and has maintained an international presence ever since. This performance promises to be especially interesting with holiday works from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.FriendsofMusic.org.

El Anatsui
Rice University Art Gallery, Beginning Jan. 28
Rice University Art Gallery has commissioned a site-specific installation by El Anatsui, one of the foremost contemporary artists of his generations. Anatsui, who has been called “a master of material transformation,” is known for turning the detritus of everyday life into works of stunning beauty and power.
A native of Ghana and resident of Nigeria since 1975, El Anatsui has experimented throughout the years a variety of media including wood, ceramics and paint. Although he was a respected teacher and artist in Africa for more than 30 years, he was little known internationally until 10 years ago when he began creating dazzling suspended sculptures made from liquor bottle tops and metal foil collars from the bottle necks.
For more information, go to www.ricegallery.org or call 713-348-6069.
The Moon: “Houston, Tranquility Base Here.
The Eagle Has Landed”
Museum Fine Arts Houston, Through Jan. 10
The Museum Fine Arts Houston celebrates the 40th anniversary of the landing on the moon with The Moon: “Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed.” The exhibition pays tribute to the achievements of the Apollo space missions.
This exhibition provides an overview of 500 years of fascination with the ever-changing phases, yet ever-constant image of the moon. Approximately 130 works of art will be on view and will feature some of the most groundbreaking treatises on the moon as well as 17th-century telescopes and other early scientific instruments, moon globes and maps. For more information, go to www.mfah.org.

Modern Virtuosos
Da Camera of Houston, Nov. 17
Da Camera celebrates Mondern Virtuosos on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection. The Menil Collection offers the ideal setting for the Houston premiere of a major new piano work inspired by the great paintings of American artist Cy Twombly, written for contemporary music virtuoso Marilyn Nonken. Avery Fisher prize-winning violinist Jennifer Koh makes her DaCamera debut performing Kaija Saariaho ’s Nocturne for solo violin, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachenverlernt and Elliot Carter’s Rhapsodic Musings and For Roger. Saxaphonist Valerie Vidal, on the faculty of the University of Houston’s Moore’s School of Music, brings her own virtuosity to Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXB for alto saxaphone. For more information, go to www.dacamera.com.

Das Lied von der Erde
Houston Symphony,Nov. 19, 21, 22
Hans Graf will conduct Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in the Houston Symphony’s first performances of the work since 1991. Be both thrilled and touched by these songs of youth, wine, death and beauty. This will also mark the close of Graf ’s presentation of all six Mahler song cycles, which he began in 2003. Mahler called Song of the Earth his most personal creation. Special guests include Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano and tenor Paul Groves. For more information, go to www.houstonsymphony.org.

Joaquín Torres-García:
Constructing Abstraction with Wood  
The Menil Collection, Through Jan. 3, 2010
The Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Constructing Abstraction With Wood exhibition will center chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time when Torres-Garc ía lived in Spain, New York, Italy and France, developing toys and the vocabulary for his wood constructions, to his eventual settlement in Uruguay as the founder of a Constructivist art movement.  
These sculptural works will be accompanied by a selection of Torres-García’s oil paintings and drawings, which demonstrate the connections between his experiments in two- and three-dimensional forms.
Celebrated for his work as a modernist painter, teacher and author, Torres-García is also known for breaking new ground in the realm of wooden constructions or “maderas.” Beginning in the late 1920s in Paris, Torres-García adapted the language of Neo-Plasticism from his colleagues Mondrian and Van Doesburg into a new three-dimensional concept for grids and planes made of wood. These maderas informed his simultaneous experiments in children ’s toys, which he promoted and sold as educational tools for young minds.
For more information, go to www.menil.org or call 713-525-9400.
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