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August 16, 2013

Area Arts News


String quartet to play at library

The Upper Catskill String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Schoharie Free Library. The quartet, which was formed in 2001, will present a program of American popular music from Scott Joplin through the late 20th century. 

Members of the quartet include violinists Natalya Milman and Beth Brandel, violist John DeValve and cellist Robert Gosselink. Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Schoharie Free Library’s Programming Fund.

The Schoharie Free Library is at 103 Knower Ave, Schoharie. For more information, call (518) 295-7127.

Seating is limited; those who attend may bring lawn chairs or blankets. 

Reading of Williams’ play set for Saturday

A reading of Tennessee Williams’ “The Two-Character Play” will be given at Skene Memorial Library at 1017 Main St. in Fleischmanns at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In this funny, startling and autobiographical fantasy, which Williams called his “…most beautiful play since Streetcar,” a brother and sister find themselves the only two remaining players left in a touring road show. Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association are Richard Genaro and Mindy Pfeffer. Carol Fox Prescott directs.

Admission is free, and the play is appropriate for adults. For more information, email or call (845) 254-4581. 

Ben Vereen to be featured at Belleayre

Song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen will bring his show, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen,” to the Belleayre Music Festival stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

A renonwed actor, singer and dancer, Vereen’s performance combines a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

After formally studying his craft and earning steady work on Broadway, Vereen earned critical recognition for hisperformance as Judas Iscariot in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The following year, he was cast as the leading player in “Pippin,” for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 1975, he starred with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Lady.”

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