From The Artists Studio
They will be back. You remember the talented Quintet of the Americas from a concert they performed at RAA in 2010? The program featured contemporary and commissioned music inspired by the fascinating Mannahatta Project, which explored the ecology of Man-hattan at the time of Henry Hudson. Specializing in bringing new music from the Western Hemisphere to audiences in the United States, the Quintet of the Americas will be performing at RAA on May 10 at 2 p.m., during the run of “Chroma” and “Black and White All Over.” Their program will include music related to the dynamics of …what else? …color and black and white. Admission is free. Formed in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, but based in this country, the group has performed in concert venues throughout the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. Founding member Barbara Oldham is the group’s 7:30 p.m. French horn player and its director.
Fort Tilden. You don’t have to wait until May 10. You can enjoy a prelude to the concert at the RAA general meeting on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. The guest presenter will be Barbara Oldham, with a special appearance by her French horn. She will discuss the colors, contrasts and shades that can be achieved in music and will demonstrate them on her horn. Oldham will give us a tantalizing appetizer to what we will see and hear on May 10, including a sampling of the concert’s composers. She will invite artists in the exhibits to bring more of their work on May 10 to illustrate this marriage of colors and tones, setting up a truly interactive dialogue. All the while the two exhibits hanging on the walls of sTudio 7 will echo and reverberate with the sights and sounds. Rockaway Artists Alliance is presenting a special free music concert on Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Christine Free, accompanied by pianist Jacob Rhodebeck. The chamber music duo will perform a program of lied (art songs), arias and solo piano music in sTudio 7 Gallery at RoCA at Fort Tilden. Gracing the walls and spaces of the gallery will be RAA’s newest exhibits, “Chroma” and “Black and White All Over.” The hues, tones, notes, contrasts and dynamics in the artwork will be a perfect accompaniment to the musical offerings, which will include works by Claude Debussy, George Frideric Handel, Gustav Mahler, and contemporary composers Elliot Carter and Michael Hersch.
Free’s long list of credits includes featured roles as Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Roméo in “I Capuleti ed i Montecchi,” Dorabella in “Cosi fan Tutte,” Dido in “Dido and Aeneas,” and Phoebe in “Yeomen of the Guard.” She created the role of Antioco in the American premiere of Stradella’s “La Forza Dell’Amor Paterno.” Among her credits she has appeared with the Ridotto Opera and at the Boston Early Music Festival.
Jacob Rhodebeck has been praised for his “facile technique and his enthusiasm for performing new and unknown music.” Among his many credits, he has performed as soloist with a variety of orchestras and chamber groups and has been a Tanglewood Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Coastal, Seascape, Landscape Painting in Oil and Acrylic has been extended: Classes are on Tuesdays through April 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. RAA members - $20 per class; non-members - $30 per class. Instructor: award-winning painter Joseph Perez. Students bring their own supplies. Check out www.josephperez.org
Classes are held in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Fort Tilden. Don’t feel left out if you have missed classes. You can pay on a class by class basis. Catch them early on the next go-round of classes and you can pay for the entire series at a discount. For information, please call 718- 474-0861 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAA Contact Info:
Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: email@example.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org
Fort Tilden Highlights
RECEPTION AND PRESENT EXHIBITS: “Chroma” and “Black and White All Over” will run April 12-June 1, sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. Opening reception: Saturday, Apr 12, 12-4 p.m.
NEXT MEETING: Monday, Apr. 14, in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA at Guest presenter: Barbara Oldham, director of the Quintet of the Americas. See column.