Rochester City Ballet presents “Dangerous Liaisons,” a story of lies, romance and seduction. The story has inspired movies like “Valmont” and “Cruel Intentions” and the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” which starred Alan Rickman. David Palmer is the artistic director for this production, and he uses Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” to convey the story to Rochester audiences. On stage March 22 to 24 at Nazareth Arts Center. rochestercityballet.org
Not only will the actress be accepting the George Eastman Award on May 2 to a sold-out crowd, but she will also be introducing a special screening of Steven Soderbergh’s 2002 film “Full Frontal.”
Roberts has brought a cast of unforgettable characters to our screens for more than 30 years. She has been nominated for four Academy Awards, and was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2001 for starring in “Erin Brockovich.” She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe award nine times and was awarded three.
Roberts was asked to select a film from her expansive repertoire to introduce at the Dryden Theatre, and she personally chose “Full Frontal.”
The film is an ensemble piece shown on both video and film to demonstrate “real life” versus the film-within-the-film. Roberts portrays an actress in a romantic drama while dealing with her own issues off-set. The film offers sneaky commentary on the creative nature of narratives, especially in film.
Art mirrors life in the movie through lines of dialogue and awkward situations that appear in the
real world and the film. Also featured in “Full Frontal” are David Duchovny, Catherine Keener, David Hyde Pierce and Blair Underwood. Brad Pitt, director David Fincher and Soderbergh himself also make cameos.
Event begins at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in the Dryden Theatre. eastman.org
The quartet takes its name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, “Elijah;” Elias is the German form. On the program are Henry Purcell’s “Fantasia in E Minor” and “Fantasia in D Minor,” Benjamin Britten’s “String Quartet No. 2 in C Major” and Schumann’s “String Quartet in A Minor.”
The Elias String Quartet is known for vibrant performances around the world and have performed alongside renowned musicians in some of the world’s finest music halls. Since the group’s formation in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in London, they have grown to become internationally acclaimed as one of the leading ensembles of their generation.
“Few quartets at any stage of their evolution have this much personality,” notes the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The group is composed of Sarah Bitlloch, French/Catalan violinist; Marie Bitlloch, French/Catalan cellist; Donald Grant, Scottish violinist; and Simone van der Giessen, Dutch violist.
The group has performed with Leon Fleisher, Michael Collins and Christian Zacaharis. Passionate about new music, they have debuted pieces by Sally Beamish, Colin Matthews, Matthew Hindson and Timo Andres. They have recorded six studio albums over the last four years.
The Elias String Quartet takes the stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 in Kilbourn Hall. esm.rochester.edu