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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO BY JON DOYLE<br/>"Lungs" cast members Leslie Roth and James Zebooker
  • PHOTO BY BRAD LEARMONTH<br/>Craig Harris performs Feb. 21 at Bowker Auditorium at UMass, part of the Magic Triangle Jazz Series.
  • PHOTO BY JON CRISPIN<br/>Dancers from the Smith College master's degree program in dance will perform today through Saturday.
  • "Cosmetics" by Bill Diodato

Dance at Smith

“Dénouement,” a dance concert will be presented today through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts on the Smith College campus. The concert represents the culmination of the work of four students — Melissa Edwards, Eliza Larson, Kelly Silliman, Catherine Wagner — in the college’s master’s degree program in dance.

Tickets cost $9; $5 students and seniors. To purchase, visit www.smith.edu/smitharts.

Music at UMass

Christopher Krueger, Renaissance flute, and guest artist Stan Charkey, Renaissance lute, will present a recital Friday at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst. On the program: music from the Renaissance era, played on original instruments.

∎ The University Orchestra, featuring soloist Elliot Lee, violin, will be presented Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Lee is a winner of the 2012-e_SSRq13 UMass Concerto Competition.

Conducted by Teresa Cheung, the orchestra will perform Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

Tickets for both concerts cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens and children under 18. To reserve, visit fac.umass.edu/musicanddance or call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

∎ The UMass Opera Workshop, an ensemble of students from the Department of Music & Dance, was selected by audition to participate in the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition at the National Opera Association’s 58th National Conference, which took place last month in Portland, Ore.

Preparation for the competition included 30 hours of rehearsals during the last two weeks of the fall semester, when students, under the direction of Amy Johnson, director of the opera workshop and a professor of voice at UMass, learned the Act I finale from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II.

While at the competition, Johnson and the students attended performances, seminars, workshops and master classes on topics such as auditioning, transitioning into the professional performance world, and performance and teaching techniques. Although they did not win a prize, the UMass students report that many people told them that the “Die Fledermaus” performance was among their favorites of the competition.

Debut exhibit

“To My Surprise,” an exhibit of abstract paintings by Ann McNeal, will open with a reception Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and will remain on view through March 9 at Henion Bakery, 102 North Pleasant St., in Amherst.

This is the first art show for McNeal, a retired biology professor and researcher at Hampshire College, who has been painting for seven years. She says some of her paintings “feature swoops and swirls of vivid colors, often with an amorphous, cloudy feel that comes with painting with scraps of rag rather than brushes.”

The bakery is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Noon hour concert

Monica Jakuc Leverett, the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College will perform “Pawnee Preludes” by Curt Cacioppo and “Le vent dans la plaine” and “La fille aux cheveux de lin,” preludes by Claude Debussy Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall on the college campus. Part of the Music in the Noon Hour series. Free

Searching for the past

“Diaspora Africana,” an exhibit of work by metal sculptor Kamil Peters, will open with a reception Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through March 15 at the Augusta Savage Gallery on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Peters grew up in Amherst and received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Hampshire College.

With influences ranging from the ancient terra cotta heads of South America to modern sculptors like Thaddeus Mosley and Elizabeth Catlett, Peters says, he searches for a lost African past, recycling the strength of ancestral spirits in his work.

The gallery is located at 180 Infirmary Way. For information, call 545-5177.

Photo talk

Photographer Bill Diodato will speak Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center, 40 Park St. at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton. The talk is part of the school’s Photographers’ Lecture Series.

Diodato launched his career in New York City in 1990 after completing the program at Hallmark School of Photography in Turners Falls. He has developed a career as a commercial and fine-art photographer. He received several awards for his first monograph, “Care of Ward 81,” which documents the closed Oregon State Mental Hospital, which was the setting of the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Following the talk, Diodato will sign copies of “Care of Ward 81,” which will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.williston.com/2013Photographers. Free.

Call for artists

REACH, an arts festival that will feature more than 25 exhibit in Easthampton and Holyoke, is accepting one-minute video submissions from interested artists. The content of the video is up to the creator, however certain guidelines apply. Submissions for the April 13 festival must be received by March 4. There is a $5 fee. For more information or to apply, visit the REACH website at www.reachfest.com.

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