For a variety of art and music offerings, St. John's is the place to be this winter

January 05, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

St. John's College will have much to offer lovers of great music and art in the coming months.

Tutor emeritus Douglas Allanbrook, the area's preeminent harpsichordist, will present a pair of lecture-recitals on Book II of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" in St. John's Great Hall at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

Beate Ruhm von Oppen, another St. John's tutor, will discuss Bach's wonderfully ebullient "Magnificat," in a public lecture Feb. 9. Her commentary on Bach's setting of the Virgin Mary's prayer of thanksgiving is aptly titled "Song and Dance and Faith and Prayer: The Case of J. S. Bach's 'Magnificat.' " The lecture, to be held in Key Auditorium, begins at 8:15 p.m.

Chamber music comes to the Great Hall Feb. 11 when the Kairos Quartet performs string quartets and piano quintets with pianist Edward Zilberkant. Concert time is 7:30 p.m.

The chamber trend continues at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 23 with a concert by the Angeles String Quartet at Frances Scott Key Auditorium. In this second appearance as part of the St. John's Concert Series, the players will offer a program of quartets by Franz Joseph Haydn, the inventor of the genre.

An open rehearsal will be held at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Great Hall. Call 626-2539 for information.

The "Music in the Great Hall" series presents Voices from the Golden Age in an evening of Baroque cantatas, sonatas and arias by Buxtehude, Bach and others at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Soloists Evanne Browne, Barbara Hollinshead and Larry Vote will be accompanied by musicians playing period instruments -- violin, oboe, harpsichord and viola da gamba.

To reserve tickets, call 626-2507.

From Jan. 23 through Feb.6, the Mitchell Gallery presents the St. John's College Community Art Exhibition.

This collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles and photographs by the college's faculty and students represents the diverse artistic talents of the community.

From Feb. 16 through March 30, the Mitchell Gallery presents "White Mountain Painters 1834-1926," a collection of paintings by artists inspired by the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

The 52 paintings of this exhibit reflect a love of nature and reverence for true physical beauty.

Sam Robbins, a collector of White Mountain paintings, will offer a gallery talk from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

For information about the gallery and its offerings, call 626-2556.

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