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Celebrating honest Abe: The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Photo: Russell Jenkins

Art Beat

HOPE AND PRAYER The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will be in the region all week, performing a new multi-media work based on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray combines Jones’ choreography, Janet Wong’s video art, Lincoln’s own words, Walt Whitman’s poetry and an original score to create a mosaic of art, history and politics. Today through Sunday (July 22-25), this will be performed at 8 PM at Jacob’s Pillow (358 George Carter Road, Becket, Mass.). Call (413) 243-0745 for ticket information. On Wednesday (July 28) at 8 PM, the Jones company will present this monumental work at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). For more info about this performance, visit spac.org or call 587-3330.

BRAND NEW Things may be tough all over, but the Malta League of Arts is celebrating their almost first anniversary—they were founded in 2009, so why not?—with a gala fundraiser at the Round Lake Auditorium (2 Wesley Ave., Round Lake) from 6-9 PM on Aug. 5. The featured artist for this event will be Frankie Flores, and the works shown will be from his New Orleans jazz series. Though Flores has been a prominent person on the Saratoga arts scene for a decade, he actually began his career in New Orleans and created works for Mardi Gras and jazz festivals. The fundraiser, titled Arts Attitudes, is promised to be “a celebration of art, jazz and food.” The food will be provided by the Lake Ridge Restaurant, with a special cake designed by Leah Stewart; the music will be provided by the Saratoga-based jazz combo Almost Uncommon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the gala. For more info, e-mail malta arts@gmail.com or call 581-8045.

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION The Glimmerglass Opera season is in full swing. Last week (July 15) we ran B.A. Nilsson’s review of the Glimmerglass production of Tosca; next week we’ll be running David King’s review of The Marriage of Figaro. This week, though, a worthy program sponsored by Glimmerglass Opera should be noted: the 2010 Music Student Rewards Program. A total of 46 high school students, from 46 schools from Amsterdam to Rome and Cooperstown to Middleburgh, were awarded 2 tickets each to a Glimmerglass production—and if you check the calendar listings in this very paper, you will see that these tickets are not cheap. The students were “nominated based on their musical achievements by their high schools.” Congratulations all.

—Shawn Stone

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