Local Art News
Seven aspiring musicians from the Puget Sound region have been chosen to join the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Carnegie Hall administrators have announced. All 120 members of the NYO-USA are ages 16-19 and come from 33 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. More than 20 are returning from last year's NYO (its inaugural year).
The seven are:
Violin: Alena Hove, Issaquah; Bronwyn James, Seattle; Sophia Stoyanovich, Bainbridge Island (returning)
Cello: Audrey Chen, Redmond (returning); Hana Cohon, Seattle
Horn: Andrew Angelos, Seattle
Apprentice Orchestra librarian: Trey Sakazaki, Bellevue
The orchestra members will travel to New York in early July to begin a two-week training at Purchase College, SUNY, working with principal players from U.S. orchestras. The orchestra will be led by conductor David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony, and joined by virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham. After the residency, NYO-USA will perform in an eight-city tour, which includes a stop at Carnegie Hall and a premiere of a work by American composer Samuel Carl Adams.
"Seven Spots on the Sun," a play by Martin Zimmerman about the inhabitants of a small village caught up in a political revolution, is one of six finalists for the annual Harold & Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. Zimmerman's play has had a workshop at Icicle Creek Theatre Festival in Leavenworth, and received staged readings at ACT Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Also vying for the top 2014 Steinberg/ATCA award of $25,000, and two runner-up citations of $7,500, are: "Fear Up Harsh," by Christopher Demos-Brown, a study of the nature of heroism among American veterans of war in the Mideast; "I and You" by Lauren Gunderson, focusing on the surprising relationship between a teenager in need of an organ transplant, and a young man who appears to collaborate with her on a school assignment; "Smokefall" by Noah Haidle, which takes a zany/serious look at several generations in a troubled Midwestern family; "H20" by Jane Martin, a character study of a devout actress and a troubled action film star preparing to play Hamlet; and "Stupid F**king Bird" by Aaron Posner, a contemporary take on Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull."
The ATCA/Steinberg winners will be named in April at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ken. The six finalists were selected from 28 scripts, which were evaluated by a jury of 19 theater critics including Misha Berson of The Seattle Times; Steve Treacy, Port Townsend Leader; and Jerry Kraft, critic for www.seattleactor.com.
Bay Area Artist and Old Friend Catherine Bursill Moore talks Art, Feminism and the Grotesqueries of Contemporary Art!!
Music and movies are the themes for ArtsPage's weekly entertainment recommendations -- culminating in the Academy Awards Sunday evening on ABC.
Naturally, the list below is made up of just a few previews of coming attractions. There are a lot of other things going on this weekend. If you'd like to recommend one to fellow readers, add it to the comments thread.
You know Seattle's a great theater town. You know a show is a great way to impress/entertain/stimulate conversation with/ a date -- whether you're new friends or long-marrieds. Let us help point you in the right direction with some info about shows running right now. (We've thrown a family show in the mix, too.)
Hollywood is prepping for the biggest night of the movie year -- the 86th Academy Awards, which will be televised on Sunday night on ABC, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting.
We're getting ready, too.
If you're inclined to stay home Sunday night, though, you're invited to join Moira and other Seattle Times staffers at our online Oscars party, starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday right here.
For those of you who are in it for the red-carpet looks, Moira has links to all kinds of fashion fun.
And finally, don't click away without voting in our Oscars poll, below.
The Weekend List: "The Consul" at Seattle Opera. LA rappers Eligh and The Grouch. Noguchi and mentor.
Winners of the fourth annual Seattle August Wilson Monologue Competition have been chosen, Seattle Repertory Theatre has announced; all three students received cash and a trip to New York, where they'll compete in the national finals. Entrants were asked to perform a monologue from one of the plays in Wilson's Century Cycle.
- First place and $500 cash prize winner – Alexis Baldridge, Timberline High School, “Ma Rainey” from "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom."
- Second place and $250 cash prize winner – Josiah Townsend, Mercer Island High School, “Memphis” from "Two Trains Running"
- Third place and $100 cash prize winner – Jazzy Ducay, The Center School, “Becker” from "Jitney"
Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who died in 2005 in Seattle, moved to the city in 1990. He began a fruitful relationship with Seattle Repertory Theatre, which was the only theater in the country to produce all of the works in his 10-play cycle (also known as the "Pittsburgh Cycle").
JAMES HARRIS GALLERY would like to announce the final day of Gary Hill’s current exhibition. ALOIDIA PIORM will conclude on Saturday, March 1st.
I had never read anything by Ruth Ozeki until I picked up her latest novel, "A Tale for the Time Being," and found a book that kept me thinking long after I put it away. A writer living on a British Columbia island (not unlike Ruth Ozeki) picks up the diary of a Japanese teenager that has washed ashore, perhaps residue from the tsunami. Using this premise, Ozeki dives into a multilayered story that includes everything from teenage bullying to Zen Buddhism. This novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize - Seattle Times reviewer Wingate Packard called it "terrific."
Ozeki appears tonight on Well Read, the books and authors program on state public affairs network TVW. The interview airs at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, on Comcast cable channel 23). Or you can watch it here. For more information, here's that Seattle Times review.