Arts - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/arts Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Music notes: Beethoven at the U., Gabriel on the big screen, Messiaen at the symphony http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826462-223/lake-salt-tickets-utah.html.csp Vedrana Subotic: Beethoven’s Sonatas Pianist Vedrana Subotic plays the second installment in her Beethoven sonata project, performing the composer’s three final piano sonatas. (The series will conclude April 28 as three Utah Symphony musicians — violinist Lun Jiang, hornist Steve Proser and cellist Pegsoon Whang — join Subotic to perform Beethoven sonatas for their respective instruments.) Visit music.utah.edu for information. When • Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. Where • Libby Gardner Concert H... Vedrana Subotic: Beethoven’s Sonatas Pianist Vedrana Subotic plays the second installment in her Beethoven sonata project, performing the composer’s three final piano sonatas. (The series will conclude April 28 as three Utah Symphony musicians — violinist Lun Jiang, hornist Steve Proser and cellist Pegsoon Whang — join Subotic to perform Beethoven sonatas for their respective instruments.) Visit music.utah.edu for information. When • Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m. Where • Libby Gardner Concert H... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57826462@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:09:22 MDT Utah theater company to stage a golden-years hookup http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786143-223/kranes-decker-david-salt.html.csp On the eve of an Arctic Circle cruise, Utah playwright David Kranes was inspired to start a new play for two actor friends when he just happened to eavesdrop on a couple at the next table. The woman was effusive about their upcoming cruise, while her companion responded in the most minimal way. That struck the writer as an interesting tension and prompted him to create the characters of Ellie and Ross in “A Loss of Appetite,” a one-act play about what happens at an awkward first dinner between... On the eve of an Arctic Circle cruise, Utah playwright David Kranes was inspired to start a new play for two actor friends when he just happened to eavesdrop on a couple at the next table. The woman was effusive about their upcoming cruise, while her companion responded in the most minimal way. That struck the writer as an interesting tension and prompted him to create the characters of Ellie and Ross in “A Loss of Appetite,” a one-act play about what happens at an awkward first dinner between... 57786143@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:56:07 MDT Utah Lit: Writer’s global rail journey reveals storied history of the train http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57831741-223/train-zoellner-trains-rail.html.csp The story begins with a sound. A ghostly, beautiful, mysterious sound. Author and journalist Tom Zoellner is a boy visiting his grandmother on a rainy summer evening in a small Kansas town when the moan of a train whistle first beckons him. “It seemed to me to be calling to a different sort of a world, a world that was still there but a world that we’d forgotten,” he said. This childhood impression blossomed into a lifelong fascination with trains that Zoellner acknowledges is both nostalgic and... The story begins with a sound. A ghostly, beautiful, mysterious sound. Author and journalist Tom Zoellner is a boy visiting his grandmother on a rainy summer evening in a small Kansas town when the moan of a train whistle first beckons him. “It seemed to me to be calling to a different sort of a world, a world that was still there but a world that we’d forgotten,” he said. This childhood impression blossomed into a lifelong fascination with trains that Zoellner acknowledges is both nostalgic and... 57831741@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:42:32 MDT Utah Lit selection for May: ‘Seven Summers’ by Julia Corbett http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57807322-223/book-corbett-utah-communication.html.csp In May, the Utah Lit book club conversation will focus on the memoir “Seven Summers” by University of Utah communication professor Julia Corbett. Corbett teaches classes in environmental communication, health communication and mass communication research. “Seven Summers,” her second book, was released by University of Utah Press in 2013. Corbett writes about fleeing Salt Lake City every summer — pets and power tools in tow — to build a cabin in Wyoming. Like a contemporary homesteader, the writ... In May, the Utah Lit book club conversation will focus on the memoir “Seven Summers” by University of Utah communication professor Julia Corbett. Corbett teaches classes in environmental communication, health communication and mass communication research. “Seven Summers,” her second book, was released by University of Utah Press in 2013. Corbett writes about fleeing Salt Lake City every summer — pets and power tools in tow — to build a cabin in Wyoming. Like a contemporary homesteader, the writ... 57807322@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:36:02 MDT Accelerating into the future with Ririe-Woodbury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57828358-223/dance-company-charon-ririe.html.csp The young artistic director sat at the front of the dance studio with his chin cupped in one hand and raked his fingers through his thick, tousled hair with the other. It was the end of a long, late afternoon rehearsal for the Ririe-Woodbury dancers and the beginning of Daniel Charon’s chance to direct the company he was hired to lead a year ago. Programming for the dance company’s 2013-14 season was set and dancer contracts signed well ahead of Charon’s hiring last spring, and a less patient ma... The young artistic director sat at the front of the dance studio with his chin cupped in one hand and raked his fingers through his thick, tousled hair with the other. It was the end of a long, late afternoon rehearsal for the Ririe-Woodbury dancers and the beginning of Daniel Charon’s chance to direct the company he was hired to lead a year ago. Programming for the dance company’s 2013-14 season was set and dancer contracts signed well ahead of Charon’s hiring last spring, and a less patient ma... 57828358@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:30:32 MDT Ballet orchestra features a rare all-female section http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832917-223/female-ballet-orchestra-trumpet.html.csp Ballet West’s “The Rite of Spring” is notable for resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s sophisticated dance movements, but there’s also something interesting going on in the orchestra pit. Utah Chamber Orchestra features a female guest conductor, Tara Simoncic, a trumpet player, as well as an all-female trumpet section. “That can’t be said for many orchestras,” said Adam Sklute, Ballet West’s artistic director. “More importantly, ‘Rite of Spring’ requires a strong and dynamic hand at the podium,... Ballet West’s “The Rite of Spring” is notable for resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s sophisticated dance movements, but there’s also something interesting going on in the orchestra pit. Utah Chamber Orchestra features a female guest conductor, Tara Simoncic, a trumpet player, as well as an all-female trumpet section. “That can’t be said for many orchestras,” said Adam Sklute, Ballet West’s artistic director. “More importantly, ‘Rite of Spring’ requires a strong and dynamic hand at the podium,... 57832917@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:08:02 MDT April Gallery Stroll springs through Salt Lake City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57828831-223/art-gallery-lake-salt.html.csp Just in time for Easter, it’s the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, when art galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City show their stuff. The stroll happens Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to gallerystroll.org for details. Here are some highlights: Modern West • A new gallery joins the ranks this month: Modern West Fine Art, 177 E. 200 South. It’s the creation of Diane Stewart, art collector and philanthropist, and Donna Poulton, longtime curator of Western art at the Utah Museum of... Just in time for Easter, it’s the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, when art galleries in and around downtown Salt Lake City show their stuff. The stroll happens Friday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to gallerystroll.org for details. Here are some highlights: Modern West • A new gallery joins the ranks this month: Modern West Fine Art, 177 E. 200 South. It’s the creation of Diane Stewart, art collector and philanthropist, and Donna Poulton, longtime curator of Western art at the Utah Museum of... 57828831@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:22:21 MDT Blue Tea and tours mark 101 years for Ladies Literary Club http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832007-223/club-tea-literary-blue.html.csp The Ladies Literary Club’s Blue Tea on Saturday, April 26, is a chance for the public to tour the landmark clubhouse at 850 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Docent-guided tours will run continuously from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy tea and other refreshment while listening to The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Jazz Combo. A $10 donation is suggested. Valet parking will be available. “The annual event was once one of the social highlights of the club and the city,” said Kirk Huffaker, execut... The Ladies Literary Club’s Blue Tea on Saturday, April 26, is a chance for the public to tour the landmark clubhouse at 850 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City. Docent-guided tours will run continuously from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy tea and other refreshment while listening to The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band Jazz Combo. A $10 donation is suggested. Valet parking will be available. “The annual event was once one of the social highlights of the club and the city,” said Kirk Huffaker, execut... 57832007@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:42:01 MDT Utah actor finds the galloping power of ‘War Horse’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818183-223/horse-war-200-lake.html.csp The idea of making his novel “War Horse” into a stage play struck British writer Michael Morpurgo as crazy. Employing puppets to dramatize his young-adult novel, a harsh World War I story told through the eyes of a horse, seemed as silly as the idea of “Mister Ed,” the early 1960s American TV show about a talking horse, Morpurgo says now. It was the theatrical spectacle of the puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that proved him wrong. “War Horse,” originally published in 1982,... The idea of making his novel “War Horse” into a stage play struck British writer Michael Morpurgo as crazy. Employing puppets to dramatize his young-adult novel, a harsh World War I story told through the eyes of a horse, seemed as silly as the idea of “Mister Ed,” the early 1960s American TV show about a talking horse, Morpurgo says now. It was the theatrical spectacle of the puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that proved him wrong. “War Horse,” originally published in 1982,... 57818183@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:33:01 MDT Inside ‘Bastard Heart,’ a world of surprises http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57823706-223/heart-dagold-bastard-body.html.csp For poet Raphael Dagold, intimate experiences become the microscope and telescope for considering larger concerns. Take “Parts Unknown,” for instance. A vivid scene of a small bird found dead spurs a memory of a difficult conversation between a (soon-to-be) husband and wife on the making of Jewish identity, the history behind the diaspora. The poem, suddenly a primer on recurrent persecution and uprootedness, reaches far, opening up to a sense of the past that makes it clear that learned traditi... For poet Raphael Dagold, intimate experiences become the microscope and telescope for considering larger concerns. Take “Parts Unknown,” for instance. A vivid scene of a small bird found dead spurs a memory of a difficult conversation between a (soon-to-be) husband and wife on the making of Jewish identity, the history behind the diaspora. The poem, suddenly a primer on recurrent persecution and uprootedness, reaches far, opening up to a sense of the past that makes it clear that learned traditi... 57823706@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:01:03 MDT Review: Provocative questions about women’s identity in ‘Hedda Gabler’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57818488-223/hedda-gabler-ibsen-arts.html.csp Hedda Gabler is one of the most compelling female characters in modern drama. And one of the most enigmatic. Is she victim or villain? On the surface, she seems a charming, clever, refined, even an emancipated woman who can get anything she wants. But how much freedom does she really have? How much is she hemmed in by society? Two men — her husband, scholarly, sedate George Tesman, and her former suitor, free-spirited, creative Ejlert Lövborg — are so fascinated by her that they will do anythin... Hedda Gabler is one of the most compelling female characters in modern drama. And one of the most enigmatic. Is she victim or villain? On the surface, she seems a charming, clever, refined, even an emancipated woman who can get anything she wants. But how much freedom does she really have? How much is she hemmed in by society? Two men — her husband, scholarly, sedate George Tesman, and her former suitor, free-spirited, creative Ejlert Lövborg — are so fascinated by her that they will do anythin... 57818488@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:53 MDT Review: Ballet West premieres innovative and timeless ‘Rite of Spring’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57817744-223/ballet-rite-fonte-spring.html.csp If good dance is a moving experience that transports us to places we’ve never been before, then great dance is an ambush: wholly in body, hovering inches above our seat, creating a popsicle-cold brain freeze. Choreographer and Ballet West artist in residence Nicolo Fonte transfixed the Capitol Theater audience on opening night of his world premiere of “The Rite of Spring” — not because Fonte’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s 1913 score is shocking but because it is so brilliantly subtle. The so... If good dance is a moving experience that transports us to places we’ve never been before, then great dance is an ambush: wholly in body, hovering inches above our seat, creating a popsicle-cold brain freeze. Choreographer and Ballet West artist in residence Nicolo Fonte transfixed the Capitol Theater audience on opening night of his world premiere of “The Rite of Spring” — not because Fonte’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s 1913 score is shocking but because it is so brilliantly subtle. The so... 57817744@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:37:22 MDT Matisse’s colorful cutouts go on show in London http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57817309-223/matisse-works-artist-cutouts.html.csp London • A huge new Henri Matisse show in London is many things — bold, colorful, exuberant. It’s also a great advertisement for the creativity of old age. The 130 works displayed at Tate Modern were created largely in the last decade of the French artist’s long life, when Matisse — in a wheelchair, recovering from cancer and unable to paint as he once had — used scissors and paper to create a series of big, bold and ambitious cutouts. The work of a man in his late 70s and 80s, they burst with v... London • A huge new Henri Matisse show in London is many things — bold, colorful, exuberant. It’s also a great advertisement for the creativity of old age. The 130 works displayed at Tate Modern were created largely in the last decade of the French artist’s long life, when Matisse — in a wheelchair, recovering from cancer and unable to paint as he once had — used scissors and paper to create a series of big, bold and ambitious cutouts. The work of a man in his late 70s and 80s, they burst with v... 57817309@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:08:57 MDT Colum McCann publishes short story http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57734329-223/mccann-says-gone-parent.html.csp New York • Colum McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for “Let the Great World Spin,” McCann has just released the story “Gone” through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his first short story in a decade, he explained during a recent telephone interview, and he enjoyed the experience so much he wants to publish a book of stories. The author said he started “Gone” after completing the novel “Transatlantic,” which... New York • Colum McCann, the prize-winning novelist, has rediscovered his fondness for short stories. Best known for “Let the Great World Spin,” McCann has just released the story “Gone” through the online publisher and subscription service Byliner. It’s his first short story in a decade, he explained during a recent telephone interview, and he enjoyed the experience so much he wants to publish a book of stories. The author said he started “Gone” after completing the novel “Transatlantic,” which... 57734329@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:56:02 MDT Theater review: ‘4000 Miles’ captures the rhythms of family life http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57807501-223/leo-4000-vera-lake.html.csp Midway through Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” Leo tells his grandmother, Vera, about the freak accident when his friend Mika was killed. She sits patiently but doesn’t react as he talks. Then she tells him she only heard part of the story because she didn’t have her hearing aid on. The scene epitomizes the distance separating grandmother and grandson in Herzog’s sweet and subtle play, making its regional premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. They care about each other, but they can’t completely or ... Midway through Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles,” Leo tells his grandmother, Vera, about the freak accident when his friend Mika was killed. She sits patiently but doesn’t react as he talks. Then she tells him she only heard part of the story because she didn’t have her hearing aid on. The scene epitomizes the distance separating grandmother and grandson in Herzog’s sweet and subtle play, making its regional premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company. They care about each other, but they can’t completely or ... 57807501@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:02:47 MDT Bunnies galore in new crop of Easter books for children http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57769968-223/bunny-easter-book-cat.html.csp With the advent of April come rain showers, longer days, hyacinth and tulips, baseball games, chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow Peeps, baby chickens and children’s books about bunnies. Lots and lots of books about bunnies. Listed below are a few titles featuring rabbits … and a few rabbit wannabes. “Operation Bunny” • This is the first in the wickedly clever new Wings & Co. series for ages 7-11 by Sally Gardner. In this story, we’re introduced to Emily Vole, who (with the help of her neighbor... With the advent of April come rain showers, longer days, hyacinth and tulips, baseball games, chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow Peeps, baby chickens and children’s books about bunnies. Lots and lots of books about bunnies. Listed below are a few titles featuring rabbits … and a few rabbit wannabes. “Operation Bunny” • This is the first in the wickedly clever new Wings & Co. series for ages 7-11 by Sally Gardner. In this story, we’re introduced to Emily Vole, who (with the help of her neighbor... 57769968@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:01:02 MDT Driven by ambition, new Utah theater company looks for the heart of ‘Hedda Gabler’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754107-223/hedda-tanner-company-says.html.csp When Hurricane Hedda blew through Broadway with Cate Blanchett at its eye, the 2006 show earned high-profile buzz. But in Salt Lake City, a “Les Misérables” kind of town, it has been more than a decade since audiences have had a chance to see a local production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Hedda Gabler.” It’s a much-studied classic, to be sure, but considered immensely difficult to produce. That’s partly thanks to the main character, a potentially admirable woman driven to villainy by her lack of ... When Hurricane Hedda blew through Broadway with Cate Blanchett at its eye, the 2006 show earned high-profile buzz. But in Salt Lake City, a “Les Misérables” kind of town, it has been more than a decade since audiences have had a chance to see a local production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic “Hedda Gabler.” It’s a much-studied classic, to be sure, but considered immensely difficult to produce. That’s partly thanks to the main character, a potentially admirable woman driven to villainy by her lack of ... 57754107@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:44:01 MDT Ballet West’s ‘Rite of Spring’ is a rite of passage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57754594-223/ballet-fonte-rite-spring.html.csp Who is Nicolo Fonte and why did he jet from Antwerp to New York City, landing in Salt Lake City three days ahead of schedule? Fonte is the guy at Ballet West, stepping it up and creating world premieres as the company’s second-only resident choreographer. He’s back in town this week to finish the last 50 seconds of his “Rite of Spring,” a take on Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score that promises to be a daring endeavor. “I want the curtain to go up and you’re either mesmerized by it or you reject... Who is Nicolo Fonte and why did he jet from Antwerp to New York City, landing in Salt Lake City three days ahead of schedule? Fonte is the guy at Ballet West, stepping it up and creating world premieres as the company’s second-only resident choreographer. He’s back in town this week to finish the last 50 seconds of his “Rite of Spring,” a take on Stravinsky’s infamous ballet score that promises to be a daring endeavor. “I want the curtain to go up and you’re either mesmerized by it or you reject... 57754594@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:01:56 MDT Onstage gay kiss ‘repulsive,’ Salt Lake theatergoer complains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57786323-223/company-deathtrap-pioneer-kiss.html.csp A theater subscriber has written a letter of complaint to Pioneer Theatre Company about not receiving a notice about a kiss between two men in “Deathtrap,” the company’s production of a 1978 murder mystery. The letter writer, who called herself a theater and arts lover, said she was infuriated because she had brought her teenage son to the play. She called the company’s decision to not disclose “repulsive” content to be “irresponsible and negligent,” and referred to the kiss as an “explicit, hom... A theater subscriber has written a letter of complaint to Pioneer Theatre Company about not receiving a notice about a kiss between two men in “Deathtrap,” the company’s production of a 1978 murder mystery. The letter writer, who called herself a theater and arts lover, said she was infuriated because she had brought her teenage son to the play. She called the company’s decision to not disclose “repulsive” content to be “irresponsible and negligent,” and referred to the kiss as an “explicit, hom... 57786323@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:59:00 MDT Pixar’s Ed Catmull sounds off on animating creativity http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57728489-223/catmull-company-pixar-book.html.csp Zero mistakes. That’s the worst possible goal for a creative project. It might be a worthy goal for manufacturing aircraft, perhaps, but it doesn’t work in getting an education or writing a book or making animated movies, says Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney animation companies. “As a company, it’s our job to tell new stories that aren’t obvious at all.” Fear of failure leads to risk avoidance, which doesn’t generate originality, says Catmull in his new book, “Creativity, Inc.: Ove... Zero mistakes. That’s the worst possible goal for a creative project. It might be a worthy goal for manufacturing aircraft, perhaps, but it doesn’t work in getting an education or writing a book or making animated movies, says Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney animation companies. “As a company, it’s our job to tell new stories that aren’t obvious at all.” Fear of failure leads to risk avoidance, which doesn’t generate originality, says Catmull in his new book, “Creativity, Inc.: Ove... 57728489@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:58:28 MDT