Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 11, 2011

Worth a look

Music

Gloria Cheng and the Calder Quartet

Stanford University graduate Gloria Cheng has definitely done something with her degree in economics — but perhaps not what you'd expect. She's now a Grammy Award-winning pianist and on the music faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.

On March 30, Cheng returns to her alma mater with the Calder Quartet for a Stanford Lively Arts concert. They'll premiere the new String Quartet No. 3, commissioned by the quartet from composer Christopher Rouse. The program also features music by Alfred Schnittke and Dmitry Shostakovich.

The Calder Quartet is quartet-in-residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, and has also collaborated with indie-rock bands and performed on late-night TV.

The concert is at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Tickets are $44/$50 general and $10 for Stanford students, with other discounts available for youths, groups and other students. Go to livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS.

Art

'A Rediscovered Masterpiece'

Eighteenth-century drawings of New Testament scenes by Venetian artist Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo are now on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. According to a press release, two of the 12 drawings have never been on public view.

The works "belong to the most important New Testament cycle to be rediscovered in modern times," Adelheid M. Gealt, director of the Indiana University Art Museum, said. The drawings are on loan from the museum.

Tiepolo's New Testament series, which contains a total of more than 300 drawings, was his most ambitious project but was disassembled after his death in 1804, according to the release. The fragmented collection came together again after 10 years of research by Gealt and George Knox from the University of British Columbia. Major events and important saints in early Christianity are the basis of the drawings. Tiepolo retells tales through subjects including Christ, his grandparents Anna and Joaquim, and Peter and Paul.

Tiepolo assisted and studied under his father Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, who was also an artist. For this series, he used black chalk, pen and ink, and an earthy brown wash. Tiepolo expresses an array of detailed emotions in his figures by the slightest stroke.

The free exhibition runs through May 29 at the Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. Go to museum.stanford.org or call 650-723-4177.

'Shades of Red'

February 14th has passed, but Valentine's Day is still working as a theme to connect local artwork in the "Shades of Red" show at Gallery House in Palo Alto.

Most of the works have an element of red, but the shades vary as do the subjects that the artists chose to represent. Subjects range from a sculpture of a ewe to a monoprint of flowers. An example is Joahnna Rivera's photograph on canvas "Layered Red Rock." The orange-red layers in the photograph give viewers an intensely detailed profile of the earth's surface while details get blurred in the distance.

The broad theme using shades of red garnered a wide variety of works in a small yet neatly organized space: paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry and pottery.

The exhibition runs through March 26 at 320 California Ave., open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible through the Printers Inc. Cafe. Go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.

History

'Music of the Antarctic Exploration'

While the Peninsula trio Left Bank/Rive Gauche usually performs French cafe music, on March 12 the musicians will delve into history with a presentation on the history of Antarctic exploration. They'll present period music and vintage photos in a virtual trip to the South Pole, looking at the role that music played in the explorers' lives.

The presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of American Heritage at 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. Admission is $5 general and free for museum members. Go to moah.org or call 650-321-1004.

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