Works by famed metal artist Albert Paley and photographic fine art prints by Frances Paley are on display in a new show at Nan Miller Gallery. Sculptures, furniture designs, lithographs and drawings reveal the breadth and depth of Albert Paley’s 40-year career. Visitors will see new furniture design finishes and smaller-scale sculptures by Paley from around the world. A new design of his popular candleholders—he has created 28 variations over the years—will be on display. Paley will discuss plans for future large-scale installations in a talk at 1 p.m. Oct. 29. The show will run until Nov. 19. nanmillergallery.com
World premiere here
Rochester audiences will be the first to hear star soprano Renee Fleming deliver a world premiere song cycle by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts.
Fleming’s performance with Eastman Philharmonia of the Eastman School of Music on Nov. 12 comes two days before they take the stage in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Puts wrote “Letters from Georgia” for Fleming and the Philharmonia. The song cycle is inspired by letters that the artist Georgia O’Keeffe wrote to her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, and a friend. “(O’Keeffe) could be stoic and aloof,” Puts says, “but her letters also revealed great passion and longing, self-deprecating humor and also often great sadness.”
The Philharmonia also will perform Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.
Puts and Fleming are Eastman graduates, and Fleming is a distinguished visiting artist at the school. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. esm.rochester.edu
Meet debut novelists
Garth Greenwell and Hannah Tennant-Moore, two writers whose first novels are drawing praise from critics, will be in residence at Writers & Books next week for the Debut Novel Series.
In “What Belongs to You,” Greenwell explores shame and desire through the story of an affair between an American teacher and a young hustler. The Wall Street Journal calls it “beautifully wrought.” Tennant-Moore’s “Wreck and Order” follows Elsie, who is challenged to face herself during a journey to Paris and Sri Lanka.
Greenwell and Tennant-Moore will be in town Nov. 3 and 4. They’ll give a reading Nov. 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Nazareth College. That evening, from 7 to 9:30 at Writers & Books, they’ll read again and participate in a panel discussion about the process of publishing. A reception and book signing will follow.
The authors will be interviewed on WXXI’s “Connections” Nov. 3. And a book discussion will be held at Writers & Books Nov. 1. Space is limited; call 473-2590. wab.org
1 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus arrived in town this week. Ringmaster David Shipman leads “Circus Xtreme” shows at Blue Cross Arena through Oct. 30. Highlights include high-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists and a human cannonball. ticketmaster.com, ringling.com
2 Blackfriars Theatre presents Tom Griffin’s “The Boys Next Door,” the story about young men with intellectual or developmental disabilities living in a community residence. This production marks an artistic partnership with the Arc of Monroe. “The Boys Next Door” is staged Oct. 28 to Nov. 13. blackfriars.org
3 Long Acre Farms is in the fall spirit. This weekend is your last chance to catch the Amazing Maize Maze—carved out of a five-acre corn field in Macedon. Smaller children can try the more manageable Animal Track Maze. Visitors can pan for gemstones, jump on the “pillow” and take a wagon ride. longacrefarms.com
4 “Finding Neverland,” which is onstage through Oct. 30 at the Auditorium Theatre, tells the story behind “Peter Pan.” Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their widowed mother. He is spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures. ticketmaster.com
5 The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra presents “American Music: Stage and Screen” Oct. 29 in the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Ward Stare conducts, and Andrew Russo is featured on piano. Program highlights include the music of John Adams, and a suite from Bern-stein’s gritty film score for “On the Waterfront.” rpo.org
ARTS and CULTURE
It’s an art mashup on First Friday in art photographer Richard Margolis’ Anderson Alley studio.
BOA Editions Ltd. is bringing author Dinah Cox to read from her new story collection, “Remarkable,” which won BOA’s short fiction prize this year. Cox will share passages from her book, answer questions and sign copies starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 4.
Margolis’ work is in more than 500 private and public collections, including Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The collaboration is more evidence that Rochester’s literary scene is stretching beyond its own core audience. BOA, Writers & Books literary center and Open Letter, the translation house at the University of Rochester, have held readings and talks at Nox, Roc Brewing Co. and the Daily Refresher. boaeditions.org
Rochester Oratorio Society opens its 71st season Oct. 28 with Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, sung in Hebrew. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and the Gloria movement from Bach’s Mass in B Minor will follow.
Soloists in this concert are mezzo-soprano Katie Hannigan, tenor Joshua Bouillon and bass-baritone Keith Brown. Hannigan teaches at Nazareth and is artist in residence at the Rochester Lyric Opera. Bouillon twice won the Rochester Classical Idol vocal competition. Brown recently graduated from Eastman School of Music. All three perform as soloists and in productions around the country.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Hochstein Perform-ance Hall. rossings.org
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