Triangle arts events in brief

September 28, 2013 

“Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art” at The N.C. Museum of History features “Vladimir Mother of God.”


Baroque performance at Duke

“A Concert of Baroque Works” featuring music by Bach, Telemann and other period composers will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Nelson Music Room in Duke University’s East Duke Building.

Performing as a trio will be Rebecca Troxler on flute, John Pruett on violin and Elaine Funaro on harpsichord.

Troxler is a member of the Duke Music Department faculty and a founding member of the Opheus Ensemble, now Opheus Orchestra, in New York. She plays the one-keyed Baroque flute as well as classical six-keyed flutes.

John Pruett is founder of the Collegium Musicum period-instrument orchestra and a member of Carolina Baroque.

Elaine Funaro studied at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence, as well as at Oberlin and other conservatories in the U.S. and Europe. She serves as artistic director of Aliénor, an international competition for new harpsichord music.

Among five works on the program are J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in B minor” and Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Trietto Mothodiche.”

Info: 919-660-3333 or

Russian art demystified

Karen Kettering from Sotheby’s Russian art department will present an illustrated lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History on items included in “The Tsars’ Cabinet” and “Windows into Heaven,” exhibits opening at the museum on Friday.

Members of the public also are invited to bring up to three Russia-related pieces of art or other items to the Museum of History between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for viewing by Kettering, who will offer information on where and when the objects were made or how they might have been used. No monetary appraisals will be conducted.

“Windows into Heaven” features 36 Russian icons from the 18th and 19th centuries that exemplify the visual richness of the Russian Orthodox Church during the Romanov period. These items are from the collection of Lilly and Francis Robicsek of Charlotte. “The Tsars’ Cabinet” includes more than 230 objects displaying artistic craftsmanship during the period of the Romanov tsars.

The Romanov Dynasty – also known as the House of Romanov – began 400 years ago, governing Russia from 1613 until 1917. Rulers of the period included Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II.

‘Broadway Sings’ in Chapel Hill

Some of Broadway’s brightest musical hits will be revived in two performances Oct. 5 and 6 in Chapel Hill.

“Broadway Sings for Equality NC” will feature tunes from “Damn Yankees,” “A Little Night Music,” “Pippin” and other popular shows under the musical direction of Chapel Hill-based vocal coach Richard Wall.

The performances are free but donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to support Equality NC, a statewide agency that supports equal rights for and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of North Carolina.

The performers donating their talents for the show include Jenny Anderson, Max Bitar, Kirsten Cervati, Mason Cordell, Steve Dobbins, Nicole Graziano, Maurio Hines, Raleigh Mann, Shelley McVicker, Evelyn McCauley, Denise Payton, Jere Lyne Shulke, Gayle Triplett, Greg Tavlos and Carol Troutner. Wall will serve as host and pianist.

“Broadway Sings for Equality” takes place at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Saturday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee is at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Wall at or 919-360-2557.

Seamus Heaney reading at Duke

Duke President Richard Brodhead will participate in a poetry reading Tuesday with faculty members, students and alumni in honor of the late Seamus Heaney, an award-winning Irish poet who died in August.

The free public reading begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the in Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School. A reception will follow. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage.

Faculty readers will include Sarah Beckwith, theater studies; Gregson Davis, classical studies; Joseph Donahue, English; Robin Kirk, Human Rights Center; and Michael Valdez Moses, English.

“In his poems, plays, translations and essays, Heaney wrote about the highest and most significant subjects: war, religion, love, nature, family, politics, faith, death and memory. And he did so with the utmost attention to the formal beauty of his words,” Moses, who taught a course in Heaney’s poetry last spring, said in a prepared statement.

Heaney taught at Harvard University from 1985 to 2006 and at Oxford from 1989 to 1994.

Block Gallery calls for artists

Miriam Preston Block Gallery is seeking artist submissions for two projects: 2014-2015 Exhibition Series and Case Study initiative.

Artists and curators age 18 and older who have lived or worked in Wake, Orange, Durham, Johnston or Chatham counties for at least one year are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Oct. 25.

Block Gallery is on the first and second floors of the city’s municipal building, 222 W. Hargett St. Exhibits change every eight to 12 weeks.

For more information, visit or contact Block Gallery Coordinator Annah Lee at 919-996-3610 or

Yiddish songfest for Urban Ministries

A concert featuring Yiddish music will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Beth El Synagogue in Durham to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham.

Local singers and musicians will perform traditional ballads and lullabies along with contemporary songs and tunes from the Yiddish theater in “What’s Not to Like?” Light refreshments will be served following the performance.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission is free for children under 13.

Beth El Synagogue is located at 1004 Watts St. Transportation is available.

Info: 919-682-7468 or

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