Souvenir of Florence
a new year, and L’Ensemble will return to the Egg with what
The New York Times has called their “wicked virtuosity.”
Their season-opening program takes its name from Tchaikovsky’s
famous String Sextet, which is said to have made
Tolstoy weep, and Tchaikovsky himself afraid that it would
overshadow his other works. Romanticism? This is its essence.
In the “something old, something new” department, there
will also be a premiere of American composer Seymour Barab’s
Bad Ballads, commissioned by L’Ensemble. (L’Ensemble:
pianist Charles Abramovic, soprano Ida Faiella, violinist
Barry Finclair, cellist Semyon Fridman and pianist Lincoln
L’Ensemble will present Souvenir of Florence at 3 PM Sunday
(Jan. 9) at the Swyer Theatre in the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany). Tickets are $20. For more information, call 475-9001.
won’t dispute Randy Newman’s famous paean to Cleveland,
the lovely “city of light, city of magic.” However, we must
also give major props to another Ohio town: Akron. The former
tire capital of the universe is also famous as the birthplace
of Chrissy Hynde and—more to the immediate point—Devo.
Stylex, also forged in Akron’s fiery furnaces, are spiritual
heirs of Devo. No, they don’t wear cute outfits or babble
crypto-scientific bullshit, but there’s a certain nervous
geek quality that is suggestive of Akron’s elder statesmen.
(Musically, they remind us a bit of our own Lincoln Money
Shot.) And they rock.
Post-prog, specialty-weirdo, alterna-Sci Fi combo the Amazing
Plaid (we are promised the full band, whatever the current
incarnation) and power-popsters Kitty Little are also on
this musically harmonious bill.
Stylex will perform Monday (Jan. 10) at 9 PM at the Fuze
Box (12 Central Ave., Albany). Admission is $3. For more
information, call 432-4472.
Orlando Bagwell and Noland Walker trace the last five years
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s extraordinary life—from
his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 to his assasination
in Memphis on April 4, 1968—in their acclaimed documentary,
Citizen King. The filmmakers gathered personal recollections
and eyewitness accounts from an array of King’s personal
friends and associates, journalists, historians, and others
to craft a film that, according to Bagwell, is not “about
the last days of a great leader. Rather, it is the story
of a man losing fear, gaining courage and becoming great.”
King will be screened at MASS MoCA (1040 MASS MoCA Way,
North Adams, Mass.) tonight (Thursday, Jan. 6) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $6, with a 10-percent discount for MASS MoCA
members. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets,
call (413) 662-2111.