Checking on the Arts

Icons in Transformation, a dramatic 120 piece traveling exhibit, includes the contemporary work of acclaimed Russian abstract expressionist, Ludmila Pawlowska, along with Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery/Suzdal. After touring cathedrals of Europe and the United States, this must-see exhibit is now in Memphis at Calvary Episcopal Church through June 22.  

Hers is a twilight voice, a liquid silk from the heart of Tennessee.  It is tailor-made for lullabies and lyric blues; and so, for that matter is Valerie June's spirit.  For years June quietly built her brand in Memphis, where magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a feature spot on MTV web series $5 Cover.  But no reality show could capture the true reality of this talent:  a self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions. 

New dances sprout in abundance as Project: Motion concludes its 25th anniversary season with home grown choreography by Rebecca Cochran, Emily Hefley, Louisa Koeppel and Sarah Ledbetter. 

Claire Lynch has one of the most identifiable voices in Bluegrass music today, as well as a huge collection of songwriting credits and a couple of Best Female Vocalist awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  She will be appearing at Collierville United Methodist Church at 8 pm on Friday the 11th, and at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould, Arkansas at 7 pm on Monday the 14th.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Claire about her career.

 

The new exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is "Modern Dialect:  American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection."  This is a natural extension of the very successful 2009 exhibition "Regional Dialect," which was also taken from the Horseman collection.  Dixon Director Kevin Sharpe talked with Darel Snodgrass about this important new show of American art.

 

For information, hours, and special events, dixon.org or 761-5250.

The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School has announced their 2012-2013 season;  as usual, it contains a fine and varied assortment of entertainers.  Darel Snodgrass talked with Buckman Director Cindi Younker about the new "sweet sixteen" season.

 

For more information, call the Buckman at (901)537-1483, or buckmanartscenter.com.

The Memphis Repertory Orchestra just wrapped-up their 2011-2012 season with a concert at First Congregational Church. 

A crew of B-list actors rehearses a British bedroom farce to tour small towns across Britain. 

Although there is one concert remaining in the current season, featuring the legendary Andre Watts joining them for the Beethoven 'Emperor' Concerto, the IRIS Orchestra announced it's 2012-2013 season this week.  It puts a renewed emphasis on the musicians of the orchestra itself, while also featuring a slate of incredible guest artists.  Michael Stern is the founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of IRIS, and spoke with WKNO's Darel Snodgrass about the upcoming 13th season.

 

The Memphis Garden Club holds their biannual flower show this weekend at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  This is one of only nine major shows sanctioned by the Garden Clubs of America, featuring arrangements inspired by works of art in the exhibition Modern Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the Susan and John Horseman Collection, comprised of 50 American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.   Additionally, the Show includes current conservation applications, photography and local blue-ribbon horticulture selections.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with co-chairs Cami

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