Checking on the Arts

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The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its second POPS show of the season: Home for the Holidays, a cheerful celebration of all the favorite holiday carols and sing-a-longs.  

Onur Tukel is the writer, director, editor and star of Richard's Wedding, which premiers Saturday, November 3 at The Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

The ensemble piece follows Tuna (Tukel) and longtime friend Alex as they make their way to a wedding in Central Park.  The duo meet up with a motley assortment of old friends only to revive old jealousies and debates on politics, religion, and the meaning of success, as the whole party runs the risk of going off the rails in a downpour of rain and emotions.

New Moon Theatre Company strives to produce challenging and provocative works that are rarely performed on the main stages of Memphis.  Bug by Tracy Letts (August:  Osage County) is right up their alley.

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma unites with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Mr. Ma about the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the importance of music education.

For tickets or more information, 537-2525 or www.memphissymphony.org.

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church presents season two of  'Salt:  Increasing the Richness of Faith,' a series of music, conversation and community each Thursday evening at 7 through Thanksgiving.

True Story Pictures is scheduled to release the DVD of its documentary The Art Academy on November 16.  To celebrate the occasion, a DVD Preview Party will be held Thursday, October 18 at Marshall Arts.

Two giants of the jazz world are coming to Germantown Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 30 at 7 pm.  Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton have been collaborating in concert and on multiple Grammy-winning recordings since 1972.  On this concert, they will be joined by the Harlem String Quartet.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Gary Burton about his music, his instrument, and his longtime partnership with Chick Corea.

For tickets and more information, (901) 751-7500 or www.gpacweb.com.

Germantown Community Theatre

Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done.

Tony and Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow brings his acclaimed one-man theatrical memoir to Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center Tuesday, September 18.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with John Lithgow about this very personal work, and how it defines his roots as an actor and storyteller.

For tickets and information, (901)385-6440, or www.bpacc.org.

Opera Memphis is about to begin their new new season, but before the first Masterworks production of La Boheme in November, they're bringing 30 days of opera, all over the area.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Opera Memphis Artistic Director Ned Canty about this exciting program.

For a schedule of appearances, http://operamemphis.org/calendar

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