Janesville Presents brought the Lois Lowry tale Anastasia Krupnik to JPAC today. Hundreds of elementary school kids packed the auditorium for two shows today. The traveling educational theater company ArtsPower performed the show. Here are a couple of photos (click on the photos for larger views):
Robin Spielberg returned to JPAC last night. Here is a video of "After the Rain," one of her original compositions from her album Heal of the Hand. Visit her website to learn more about Robin Spielberg.
Back by popular
demand, Janesville Presents brings Robin Spielberg, one of America’s
favorite pianists, for a return appearance at the Janesville
Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
the moment she walks on stage, until the last note gently caresses
the room, Spielberg casts a spell on her audience that is palpable,
visceral, and spiritual. Better said--after you see her perform,
you'll just feel a whole lot better about the world,”
writesBruce Bressack for the HippoPress New Hampshire
Spielberg’s gifts have won her a place among the nation’s
most respected contemporary pianists, as well as a slot on
Steinway’s Artist Roster. Her fourteen recordings
include five albums of original piano solos (Heal of the Hand,
Songs of the Spirit, Dreaming of Summer, Memories of Utopia, Spa
Piano), two recordings of American standards and film songs (With
a Song in My Heart, Unchained Melodies), original pieces
for solo piano and piano/ensemble (In the Arms of the Wind) ,
Mother, a collaborative CD containing instrumentals, sung
ballads and songs celebrating mother and motherhood, four recordings
for holiday (Spirit of the Holidays, In the Heart of Winter,
American Chanukah, The Christmas Collection), and a recording of
lullabies (Beautiful Dreamer). A new recording is in the works
for late 2007.
Hailed as "the
most expressive pianist of our time", Robin Spielberg is a
brilliant pianist/composer and recording artist. Her piano
performance is compelling and heartfelt, and her theatrical
storytelling style and humor contribute to a memorable concert
is the Celebrity Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy
Association.Educational workshops and community
outreach programs are available on the topic of music &
healing. Master classes for students of music on the topic of
performance are available as well on both the high school and
playMountain Music debut, Dreaming of Summer, earned a
“Finalist Award” from New Age Voice Magazine
in June 2001 in the ‘Best Acoustic Instrumental’ category
and was released later in the year in Thailand, China, Hong-Kong,
Korea and Malaysia, with one of the tracks also gaining
popularity with audiences from its use as a soundtrack in the Korean
award-winning television drama Winter Love Song.
music itself was filled with a gentleness of spirit...Spielberg has
an undeniable melodic gift” Ken Smith, For New York Concert
Review (of Robin Spielberg’s Carnegie Hall Debut)
for this wonderful event are on sale at the JPAC Box Office now.
Tickets are $20/ Adults and $8 for students (K-12). Tickets can be
ordered over the telephone (608) 758-0297 with Mastercard or VISA, or
by visiting the Box Office at the Janesville Performing Arts Center
at 408 S. Main St., Janesville, Wisconsin.
Last night's show included music from Mozart, Prokofiev, and Maurice Ravel. Artaria has performed in a number of world-class venues, and may now add JPAC to the list. Here is their opening piece, the Allegro from Mozart's Quartet in D Minor:
Spotlight on Kids presents A Thousand Cranes directed by Maria Hornby this Thursday and Friday evenings at 7pm. (Click on the poster for a larger image).
A Thousand Cranes is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the Hiroshima bombing who was told she had leukemia. Sadako attempted to fold a thousand origami cranes while in the hospital so that she may be granted one wish, according to Japanese legend.
Tickets for the shows are $6 for adults, $4 for kids.
This is the beginning of Friday night's concert, unfortunately after the opening song (I'm never fast enough with the camera). The first half is the witty introduction of the group, and the second half is a piece I believe is called "Hark, all ye lovely Saints above," but I may totally be wrong about that. Visit Cantabile's website to learn more about them.
I can't make it tomorrow night. Family is going to be in Chicago, so that's where I'll be. But if you can make it, it should be well worth the price of admission to see our local celebrities cutting some rug.