OUT OF HOLLYWOOD
In 1910, the 12-year-old Erich Wolfgang Korngold
created a musical sensation when his ballet, Der
Schneemann ("The Snowman"), premiered at the
Viennese Cou.rt Opera M a command performance
for Emperor Franz Josef.
"The boy has so much tal-
ent that he could easily give
vs some and still have
enough left for himself," said
Giacomo Puccini, the com-
poser of La Boheme and
other blockbuster operas.
But instead of becoming
the next Mozart — the out-
come his music critic father
had hoped for when he gave
his son his illustrious mid-
dle name — the Jewish
composer spent his most
productive years in
Hollywood writing film
scores, including A
Midsummer Night's Dream
and The Prince and the
Since his death in 1957, Korngold's serious music
has become increasingly popular. On Thursday,
Oct. 23, the Janice Charach Epstein Gallery will
present a concert of his chamber music, along with
music by two other composers known primarily for
their film scores --- Nino Rota, composer of the
Godfather films, and .Matuice Jarre, best known for
Performers are Brian Bowman, clarinet; Velda
Kelly, violin; Nadine Deteury, cello; and Eduard
Perrone, piano. The four are all members of
Chamber ivlusic at the Scarab Club, a series
based at the historic Detroit arts center located
at 217 Farnsworth.
"It's the first concert we're doing at the gallery,
and we're really looking forwa.rd to it," said
Sylvia Nelson, director of the Janice Charach
The concert includes Korngold's Trio for Violin,
Piano and Cello, Opus 1. Written around the same
time as Der Schneemann, it contains all the elements
that made his mature music for film so popular, said
Velda Kelly, violinist with the Scarab Club ensemble.
"It's very lush and very big, even for three
instruments," Kelly said. "It's amazing how he
wrote for piano."
Also on the program are Rota's Trio for
Clarinet, Cello and Piano and three movements
from jarre's Engadiner Suite, written for violin,
cello and piano.
— Diana Lieberman
"Chamber Music of Film Composers," a recital by
Music at the Scarab Club, takes place 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Janice Charach Epstein
Gallery, located in the Jewish Community Center
in West Bloomfield. $10. (248) 432-5448.
ON THE STAGE
Michigan Opera Theatre opens its 2003-
2004 "Season of Love" with the company
premiere of A Masked Ball, Giuseppe
Verdi's dramatic tale of "fatal love" set in
18th-century Sweden, with six performances
running Oct. 18-Oct. 26 at the Detroit
Opera House. Among those making their
MOT debuts are American tenor Marc
Heller, alternating in the role of Ricardo.
$23-$110. (313) 237-SING.
St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of
Cranbrook presents Les Liaisons
Dangereuses, a play about the witty, seduc-
tive and wicked world of the pre-
Revolutionary French aristocracy, Oct. 24-
Nov 8 at the group's playhouse in
Bloomfield Hills. Directed by Mark
Nathanson of Royal Oak, the cast includes
Rachel Biber of Birmingham and Kathy
Storchan of Farmington Hills. Call for
show times. $11-$13. (248) 644-0527.
Arts & Entertainment
The fifth annual Motor City Boogie-Woogie and
Blues Festival, hosted by Motown Funk Brother Joe
Hunter, takes the stage 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the
Redford Theatre in Detroit. Proceeds benefit the
Farmington Hills-based American Music Research
Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to doc-
umenting and preserving boogie-woogie and American
roots music in its pure forms. Doors at 6 p.m. $25/
tickets also available at the door. (800) 585-3737 or
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite for their "Old
Friends" tour 7:30 p.m. Saturday (sold out) and
Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
$59.50-$205. (248) 645-6666.
The Ark in Ann
Arbor hosts folk trou-
badour John Gorka,
with special guest
Justin Roth, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18,
$16; veteran folk
"Old Friends" Paul Simon
and Art Garfunkel perform at
Wainwright), 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, $20; bluegrass musicians the
Alison Brown Quartet, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, $16;
and the Dick Siegel Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24,
$13.50. (734) 761-1451.
Guitar rock trio Gov't Mule, with Chris Robinson
(former frontman of the Black Crowes, hubby of actress
Kate Hudson and son-in-law of Goldie Hawn), takes
the stage 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the
Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. $25. (248) 645-6666.
Alice Bronston, represented by a hand-painted silk
and wool abstract wall hanging titled Rhapsody in
Blue, is among some 20 artists featured in 'Without
Restraints: Reshaping Familiar Forms in Fiber," an
exhibit running Oct. 16-Now 14 at the Birmingham
Bloomfield Art Center
The exhibit, developed by the Janice Charach
Epstein Gallery in West Bloomfield, includes quilts,
wearables and baskets.
"We chose the artists for their ability to push fiber
University Musical Society hosts the Miami City
Ballet in a program of works choreographed by St.
Petersburg native George Balanchine, with music by
Igor Stravinsky, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 18-19, at the Power Center in Ann Arbor;
$14-$42. Also on Saturday, Oct. 18, there will be a
one-hour family performance ($7 -$15) at 1 p.m. at
the Power Center; and at 6 p.m., MCB Artistic
Director Edward Vilella will give a free pre-concert
lecture at the Michigan League on the U-M cam-
pus. (734) 764-2538.
THE SMALL SCREEN
Meet the woman behind a genius 10 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 21, when Detroit Public Television-Channel 56
screens Einstein's Wife, based on love letters discovered
in 1986 that reveal a partnership of passion and intel-
lect between Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Marie.
Check your local listings.
Comedy Central's animated Kid Notorious, voiced,
produced and about legendary Godfather producer
Robert Evans, provides a glimpse into his life and
includes celebrity cameos; the show launches 10:30
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. Check your local listings.
Marshall Field's Day of Music, a non-ticketed
event, free and open to the public, provides family-
friendly musical programming, hands-on games,
interactive lectures, jugglers, mimes, tours and more,
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday,
to its limits," says Sylvia Nelson, director of the Janice
Charach Epstein Gallery. "We do an annual fiber
show and decided to place this year's at the BBAC
because we wanted to introduce a new audience to
this type of work."
Bronston, a Bloomfield Hills resident who studied
at the BBAC, has shown her fiber projects at the
Jewish Community Center, Scarab Club and private
"I've been sewing since I was a child," Bronston
says. "I've sewn clothes for myself and like the feeling
of working with fibers."
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