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ART BEAT

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: The Windham Chamber Music Festival is celebrating their 10th anniversary this summer. Founded by Robert Manno and Magdalena Golczewski, who are both ex-Metropolitan Opera musicians, WCMF has consistently presented high-quality concerts. Some of these performances, in fact, have been broadcast on NPR’s program Performance Today (heard locally on WMHT-FM). To get to the point, however, WCMF will present a gala 10th-anniversary concert on July 14 at 8 PM at the Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center at Main and Church streets in Windham. Featured performers will include soprano Emily Pulley, pianist Simone Dinnerstein (pictured) and violinist Raymond Gniewek; the program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Greig, Gounod, Rachmaninoff and Bartók. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors, $20 for contributors and $5 for students; for reservations call 678-9309 or e-mail info@windham music.com.

 

EMPAC HAS CHOSEN: There are going to be a certain number of words in this particular entry with peculiar capitalization, so be forewarned. The DANCE MOViES programs, presented at various RPI venues for the last couple of years by eMPAC, have been consistently popular; now, eMPAC is getting into funding films for the series with grants ranging from $7,000 to $42,000. eMPAC, aka the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute—have, with the support of the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, selected four winning entries in their DANCE MOViES commission project. How good are they? “As we got a ton of submissions,” explained Jason Steven Murphy in a recent e-mail, “we of course came up with four doozies which will dazzle the senses on a screen sometime soon.” The selection panel included Silvina Szperling, Bob Lockyer, Gaelen Hanson, Solange Farkas, eMPAC dance curator Hélčne Lesterlin and director Johannes Goebel. The selected projects are Kino-Eye (USA), Nora Chipaumire: A Physical Biography (USA/Zimbabwe), Pasillo (Argentina) and Soldier (USA/UK). These works will premiere at RPI in fall 2008.

 

A BIG BIT OF ALL RIGHT: In case you haven’t heard, the Clark Art Institute recently received a gift. A really, really big gift: The Manton Foundation has donated a “significant collection of British paintings, oil sketches, watercolors, and other works on paper by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough, among others.” Oh, and the foundation also endowed the Clark’s Research and Academic Program, “a leading international center for discussion and scholarship in the visual arts,” to the tune of $50 million. The Manton Foundation, FYI, was founded by the late businessman and patron of the arts Sir Edwin A.G. Manton, who died in 2005 at sprightly age of 96. Sensibly, the Clark will be naming their research building the Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Research Center. The collection, meanwhile, will be exhibited beginning later this summer.

—Shawn Stone

sstone@metroland.net

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