Written by Phil Cerroni
By Alice Canham
The Irving Chorale has an exciting 26th Anniversary season ahead. Four concerts are scheduled, beginning with the ‘Grand Celebration’ concert on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3:30 pm in Carpenter Hall at the Irving Arts Center.
“We’ve tried to make collaboration with other local arts groups a priority,” said Artistic Director Harry Wooten.
“The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving is just beginning its 25th Anniversary season, so we’re collaborating with them for our first concert. It gives us an opportunity to use some orchestral pieces.
“On Dec. 14 we’ll work with students from the MacArthur High School Choir in a concert we’re calling ‘Rejoice and Be Merry’.
“Then on March 2, 2013 we’ll have our Side by Side concert with the Irving ISD Honor Chorus. We’ve commissioned a multi-layered piece on the theme of bullying – the problems it poses and possible solutions.
“Finally, on May 17 we’ll have music from the Beatles in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, our pop concert. For that, we’ll be joined by students from the Jack Singley Academy High School.”
Learn more about the Irving Chorale and its programs online: www.irvingchorale.org.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:18
Written by Phil Cerroni
The Irving Arts Center exhibitions calendar is filled with variety and styles for the coming year. Photography, mixed media, pottery, sculpture, book illustrations and work by young artists are just some of the featured work on display.
Global Relay: Around the World in 80 Ways
Aug. 4 – Sept. 30 | Dupree Theater Lobby
The 2012 Transportation Art Contest exhibition showcases award-winning entries by Irving students, ages 6-17. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit, a national conference hosted by the City of Irving.
2012 Edith Baker Art Scholarship Exhibition
Sept. 15 – Nov. 18 | Focus Gallery
This juried exhibition features scholarship finalists from the seven Dallas County Community College District campuses: Arjoon KC of North Lake College, William Benitez of Eastfield College, Jessica Braddock of Richland College, Jonathan Gruchawka of Cedar Valley College, Fernando Johnson of Brookhaven College, Hannah Tyler of Mountain View College, and Candy Warth of El Centro College. The Reception and Scholarship Award Ceremony is Friday, Sept. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Myth and Magic: The Artwork of Gerald McDermott
Sept. 22 – Nov. 11 | Main Gallery
Creator of over twenty-five books and films, McDermott combines ancient imagery with contemporary design to portray the transformative power of myth through his bold, graphic renderings of timeless tales from around the world. Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, TX.
Faces of Classical Music: Photographs by William McEwen
Oct. 6 – Jan. 27 | Dupree Theater Lobby
For a decade, William McEwen has been photographing classical musicians. These intimate black and white portraits with the musicians were taken at their homes and in casual dress. McEwen uses a Wisner 8”x10” view camera and makes contact prints in his traditional wet darkroom. This is the first public exhibition of this body of work.
The Magic of Christmas
Dec. 1 – 31 | Main Gallery
The 20th Annual Holiday Exhibition and Tree Decorating Competition transforms the Main Gallery into a holiday wonderland filed with festive trees decorated by Irving parent-teacher organizations and beautiful artwork by IISD elementary students. This art and tree décor is created based on the magic of Christmas theme. Trees compete for cash prizes and bragging rights awarded by celebrity judges and viewer votes.
Black and White: An Exhibition of Paintings and Flowers
Jan. 6 – 20 | Main Gallery
This annual exhibition presented by The Association of Oriental Arts features Chinese brush paintings by members of TAO Arts and Ikebana (the Japanese art of floral arranging) by members of the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters of Ikebana International. Artists Reception and demonstrations, Sunday, Jan 6, 2 - 4 p.m.
Haiti Series: Photographs by Terry Cockerham
Feb. 2 – May 26 | Dupree Theater Lobby
Showcasing photographs by long-time Irving resident and journalist, Terry Cockerham, the exhibition documents his trip with a medical team to Haiti in early 2012.
Irving ISD Artwork
March 1 – April 14 | Main Gallery
Two and three dimensional works from IISD Elementary through High School students will be on display in the Main Gallery.
28th Annual Texas and Neighbors Exhibit
Apr. 21 – May 25 | Main Gallery
Presented by the Irving Art Association in partnership with the Irving Arts Center, this juried exhibit features mixed media works from artists in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
June 1 – July 7 | Main Gallery
38th annual juried exhibition of water media works from the WFWS, hosted in Irving by the Southwestern Watercolor Society. Nationally recognized water media artist, Mark Mehaffey is the 2013 juror. WFWS is an organization founded in 1975 that is made up of 11 water media societies with a combined membership of over 4800 members from the western states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon.
Irving Art Association Winners Exhibit
June 8 – July 7 | Focus Gallery
Award winning artwork from the IAA's annual juried members show.
KidsArts/ Kids’ Works 2013
July 13 – Sept. 1 | Focus Gallery
Painting, photography, sculpture and more by KidsArts 2013 camp participants.
13th Annual Art Connection Exhibit
July 20 – Aug. 24 | Main Gallery
This annual, non-juried exhibition is open to all members, current and new. Entry fee is $5 per work, and artists may submit up to two pieces. Eligible entries will be judged for cash awards in the three categories: Student/Youth, Non-Professional, and Professional. An overall "Best of Show" prize will also be awarded.
6th Annual Transportation Art Contest
Aug. 3 – Sept. 29 | Dupree Theater Lobby
The exhibition showcases award-winning entries by Irving students, ages 6-17 based on a different theme each year. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit, a national conference hosted by the City of Irving.
George Mendoza: Colors of the Wind
Sept. 14 – Nov. 10 | Main Gallery
Featuring colorful paintings and textile designs by artist, George Mendoza who has been legally blind since the age of 15. A native of New York City, he has lived in New Mexico since he was 17. In addition to his art, he is working on a screenplay called “Touching the Sun” based on his autobiography Running Toward the Light and on a feature film based on his story as a runner, athlete, and artist. This exhibition is toured by the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, Texas, a sister Smithsonian Affiliate.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:17
Written by Phil Cerroni
The Irving Symphony Orchestra Association celebrates its golden anniversary season with a 50th anniversary bash before the 2012-2013 season’s opening night concert.
The black tie optional cocktail affair with live entertainment is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Irving Arts Center prior to the “50 Years of Broadway” concert beginning at 8:00 p.m.
“50 years, is an important milestone in the history of the Irving Symphony,” said Margarite Korkmas, ISOA president.
The ISOA was formed in 1961 with the first official concert performed in 1962 at Irving High School with 23 volunteer musicians. In 1963 the orchestra became the Irving Symphony Orchestra, establishing itself as the orchestra in Irving.
The 50th anniversary season opening night concert “50 Years of Broadway” at the Irving Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13th under the direction of Maestro Hector Guzman features Broadway Performer William Park, whose Broadway credits include the Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, and Cats.
“It you like Broadway musicals, you’ll love this concert,” Ms. Korkmas said.
“Our Golden Anniversary 2012-2013 season offers something for everyone, from Broadway hits to Argentine Tango,to local Texas flair with the Texas Tenors, to the very popular Christmas concert, “said Maestro Guzman.
In addition to the 50 Years of Broadway concert, The 2012-2013 Golden Anniversary Season playbill includes: Tango Fire, exciting music of Argentina as featured in such films as Scent of a Woman, with guest violinist Rodrigo Puskas, Nov. 10; The Christmas Concert featuring baritone Donnie Ray Albert and the Richland College Choir, with Michael Crawford, director on Dec. 8,; Texas Tenors, “America’s Got Talent” number one vocal group on Feb. 9; Romance with Strings Attached featuring the world’s most enduring music for strings, on March 9 and the grand finale, Romantic Extravaganza on April 13.
“Our audiences are in for a delightful experience this season,” Maestro Guzman said.
For season tickets, or single tickets, contact the Irving Arts Center Ticket Office at 972-252-2787, or purchase tickets online at www.irvingsymphony.com .
The Irving Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra providing signature performances for North Texas since 1962. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:16
Written by Phil Cerroni
The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving opens its 2012-13 “Sundays at the Symphony” series Oct. 7witha special 25th anniversary concert featuring highlights from grand opera, in collaboration with the Irving Chorale.
The collaborative concert is at 3:30 p.m. in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. A gala party follows immediately, in the Carpenter Hall lobby.
The orchestra--together with a full symphony chorus for the first time--will share great moments from operas by Verdi, Handel and Borodin. Wagner’s overture to the opera, Die Meistersinger--performed at the orchestra’s first concert in 1988--Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and several a cappella selections by the Irving Chorale are also part of the concert.
Thirteen founding members still performing or working with the orchestra will be honored at the gala party just after the concert, with the audience and Irving Chorale as the orchestra’s guests.They are Catherine Barr, oboe; Tom Brown, horn; Tom Connely, trumpet; Bill Cooksey, tuba; Marla Maletic, violin; Betty Miller, viola; Phil Silvernail, french horn; Janice Spooner, flute;Cheryl Stewart, flute; Annette Sudhof, violin; Ralph Wilson, french horn; Sue Wilson, bassoon; and Janet Young, clarinet.
In addition to the Wagner Die Meistersinger overture and the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, the full concert program includesHandel’s Coronation Anthem No. 1: Zadok the Priest; Verdi’s Anvil Chorus fromthe opera, Il Trovatore, and the overture to Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino; and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from the opera, Prince Igor. Without the orchestra, the chorale will perform Earth Song by Frank Techeli, Life Has Loveliness to Sell by James Quitman and The Road Home by Stephen Paulus.
The orchestra is a community orchestra, consisting of trained musicians who choose to continue to play while they serve in other professions: teaching, accounting, filmmaking and others.Since 1988, the orchestra has performed for audiences in Irving and throughout the Metroplex.Music director and conductor is Dr. Sergio Espinosa.
The Irving Chorale is celebrating its 26th season, under the direction of Harry Wooten, artistic director.
General-admission single tickets range from $10 to $18. Season tickets for the five concert series are $25 for students, $35 for seniors and $55 for adults (until Oct. 7, after which the price goes up $5). For tickets, call 972-252-ARTS (2787) or go to www.IrvingArtsCenter.com.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:33
Written by Phil Cerroni
ROUGH CROSSING by Tom Stoppard
What happens when two playwrights, their composer, their leading lady and man set sail across the Atlantic, bound for Broadway, to present their new play, which, alas, doesn't quite have an ending, and the beginning needs work, and the middle's a mess? Hilarious Trouble! The composer has trouble speaking and is in love with the leading lady, who has trouble fending off the advances of her leading man. The steward has trouble standing up and serving drinks, and the two playwrights have trouble with the ship’s captain who considers himself a playwright! All this trouble resolves itself with brilliant wordplay, showbiz spectacle, and a little seasickness!
Directed by Kelly Scott
PERFORMANCES: November 2 – 17, 2012
THE Cover Of Life by R.T. Robinson
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943, married to the Cliffert brothers who are fighting in the war. A local news story about these young wives living with their mother-in-law intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine, and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been a war reporter, and though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women, and discovers how much she and they share, despite their differences, as each seeks to find her way in a man’s world. Based on a true story of the playwright’s family in Bastrop, Louisiana.
Directed by Jill Stephens
PERFORMANCES: January 18—February 2, 2013
Fools by Neil Simon
Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays for over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down. Can he break the curse in time? Will Something Something Snetsky, the shepherd who can’t remember his name, ever find his sheep? Neil Simon serves up plenty of laughs in this tale about how people are only as stupid as they think they are, and if they believe that's not true, then anything is possible.
Directed by Dave Schmidt
PERFORMANCES: March 15—30, 2013
The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry
This Tony award-winning romantic comedy drama from the author of “Driving Miss Daisy” follows the Freitag family, owner of the Dixie Bedding Company, in Atlanta, December, 1939. Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and news of Hitler invading Poland is all over town, but the only important event for local Jews is Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion at their exclusive Standard Club. Wealthy Beulah “Boo” Levy is desperate for her plain daughter Lala to get a date for the dance, especially since Lala's attractive cousin, Sunny, from Wellesley College is going with a New Yorker named Joe Farkas. But it turns out Joe is a working class Jew from Brooklyn, and when he encounters snobbery and prejudice at the club, he walks out. Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with comedy, romance and revelations.
Directed by Bruce R. Coleman
PERFORMANCES: May 17—June 1, 2013
Bells Are Ringing, Book/Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Music by Jules Styne
Ella Peterson works for "Susanswerphone", a telephone answering service. She listens in on the lives of her clients: an out-of-work actor, a dentist with musical yearnings but no talent, and a playwright, Jeff Moss, who desperately needs a muse. Known to them as “Mom,” she gives them plenty of advice, but what happens when she falls in love with Jeff? Meanwhile, the police are certain Sue’s business is a front for an "escort service," and her shady boyfriend is using the agency as a bookmaking operation! The score, by turns brassy, sweet and romantic, includes “Just in Time,” “The Party’s Over,” “I Met a Girl,” “Long Before I Knew You” and other great tunes from Betty Comden and Adolph Green, authors of Singin’ in the Rain, and Jule Styne, who composed Gypsy.
Directed by Michael Serrecchia; Musical Direction: Adam Wright; Choreography: Megan Kelly Bates
PERFORMANCES: July 26—August 10, 2013
Season Tickets Now On Sale, call the Irving Arts Center Box Office: 972-252-2787, Tues-Sat, noon – 5 p.m.
All performances are at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75062.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 21:15