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May 31, 2013

Area Arts News

The Daily Star

---- — Improv music to be heard

Performance Plus of Stamford will present multi-instrumentalist Justin Wixson in a solo improvised performance at the West Kortright Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Wixson, whose stage name “biped without wings” was inspired by Plato’s definition of man as a biped without feathers, will be creating original, on-the-spot compositions for the audience on piano and guitar. He attended Berklee School of Music in 2001 and finished his classical training on string bass at Ithaca College in 2006. While at Ithaca, he was welcomed to perform with peers at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in Manhattan. 

He is a board-certified music therapist, with a master’s degree from the State University College at New Paltz in 2011.

The West Kortright Centre is at 49 West Kortright Church Road in East Meredith. Doors will open at 1:30; the performance is at 2 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call Dave at 242-1260. 

Percussion performance set

Percussionist Marcel Smith will present “Reflective Landscapes of Bardo,” a meditative solo percussion performance, at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Gallery at 128 Main St. in Stamford.

“Bardo” is a Tibetan word for spiritual transition. The performance will include an array of instruments including drums, gongs, cymbals, bells, wood sound blocks, an assortment of bells and found objects.

Cost is $8, and a potluck dinner will be offered.

For more information, call 652-4030.

Photo exhibit to open at library

The Sidney Memorial Public Library will present “Bob Wyer’s Delaware County: Photographs From The Mid-20th Century,” in June. The exhibit from the Delaware County Historical Society features the photography of local photojournalist Bob Wyer.

Wyer’s collection of more than 150,000 negatives were donated to the DCHS in 1970. For insurance purposes he photographed stores, hotels, farms and business, which provide a broad documentation of life in the Catskills. As a staff photographer for the Oneonta Star, Wyer often photographed accidents, fires and a few murders. Images from his years a freelance photographer and photojournlist make up the exhibit of almost 100 photographers. 

Smithy plans theater productions

This summer, Smithy Center for the Arts will present a new lineup of theater productions featuring local actors and directors. All productions will be performed at the Cooperstown Theatre Festival at 7163 county Highway 80.

SCA Director Danielle Newell will direct “The Compleat Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” with a set cast of Steve Dillon, Jake Wansor and Michael Henrici. It will be performed at 8 p.m. July 10, 11, 12 and 13, and at 3 p.m. July 14.

“The Heidi Chronicles,” directed by Rebecca Burk-Sciallo, will be performed at 8 p.m. July 19 and 20, and at 3 p.m. July 21.

“Flowers for Algernon,” directed by Henrici, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, and at 3 p.m. Aug. 25.

Theater ticket packages are available for all three productions, as well as the American Renaissance Theater Company’s summer production. Special rates for seniors and students are available. Children age 6 and younger are admitted free.

The first round of auditions for “The Heidi Chronicles” and “Flowers for Algernon” have been completed, but actors are still needed. Auditions for both productions are still available by appointment. Email for details and appointments.

Community Chorale plans concerts

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will present its annual spring concerts on June 7 and 8. Under the direction of Richard Tucker, the group will perform works by Peter Schickele and Duke Ellington, a medley from “Les Miserables,” and other pieces. The June 7 performance will be at Margaretville Central School, and June 8 will be at Roxbury Central School. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Library to host ‘Dean of College’ singer

Josh White Jr., a folk/blues, pop, jazz, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children’s concert performer and recording artist, teacher and social activist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Middleburgh library.

White became a “hit” overnight at the age of 4 by performing with his father Josh White at New York’s Café Society night club, America’s first integrated nightclub. For the next five years he performed with his father from New York to Boston to Philadelphia. In 1949, White landed his first role on Broadway, playing his father’s son in “How Long Til Summer?” with Dorothy Gish and Don Hanmer. While continuing a solo acting career, he went on to perform and record with his father for the next 17 years on radio, television, Broadway, concert halls and nightclubs around the world.

He attended New York’s Professional Children’s School, along with Elliott Gould, Sandra Dee, Brandan de Wilde, Leslie Uggams, Christopher Walken and Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote White’s first solo recording for Decca in 1956, “See Saw.”

As a young man, White put his acting career on hold and focused on his solo concert and recording career. After appearances on television variety and talk shows such as “Today,” “Merv Griffin” and “Hootenanny,” White starred in his first PBS concert special in 1979, “Ramblin’ with Josh White Jr.,” and went on to record two more TV specials. As a concert artist White toured some of the world’s greatest stages, in addition to performing more than 2,000 college concerts from the 1960s through the 80s, earning him the nickname the “Dean of College Concert Attractions.”