Quogue Community Notes, September 5


With Labor Day behind us, Quogue Chamber Music will present an end of summer concert featuring the Escher String Quartet and guest pianist Xiayin Wang performing a program of Smetana, Bridge and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue.The concert will be followed by a celebratory party for $100 ticket holders at the home of Mark Carbone. Also, on the morning of the concert, the musicians will perform for the residents of the Westhampton Care Center.

The Escher String Quartet, founded in 2005, recently completed a three-year residency with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Two program, and also spent two years as BBC New Generation Artists. The group has performed in such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Louvre in Paris, at the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals, Wigmore Hall in London, and on a tour of China.

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, the group draws inspiration from that artist’s focus on the interplay between individual components that work together to form a whole.

Xiayin Wang completed studies at both the Shanghai Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where she won the school’s Eisenberg Concerto competition. She has made recordings of chamber works by Schumann and a debut CD “Introducing Xiayin Wang,” which features works by Mozart, Ravel, Bach, Scriabin and Gershwin.

The program being performed on Saturday in Quogue will include Bedrich Smetana, String Quartet #1 in E Minor From My Life; Frank Bridge, Phantasie for String Quartet in F Minor; and Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in F Minor, Op. 34.

Tickets for the concert only are $40, or $5 for students; tickets for the concert and celebration immediately following are $100. To purchase tickets, visit the website www.quoguechambermusic.com or go to the box office at the Quogue Community Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the concert.

On Friday, September 6, the Quogue Library Art Gallery Committee is screening a one-hour documentary narrated by Tony Roberts on the late Alexander Calder. The film was originally shown on the PBS “American Masters” series and features interviews with Brendan Gill, Arthur Miller and I.M. Pei along with rare archival footage of the legendary artist.

A short pre-screening wine reception will begin at 6 p.m. in the art gallery and the film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Following the film, a brief discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker, Roger Sherman, will be moderated by Andrew Botsford.

The September exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Travel and East End Landscapes” by Eileen Dawn Skretch, opens today, Thursday, September 5, and will run through Sunday, September 29.

In addition to her natural affinity for the landscapes of the East End, Ms. Skretch, who was raised in Southampton as part of a farming family, has found that from Long Island to every place she has traveled, it is the sweeping view that has captured her fancy.

All are welcome to attend an artist’s reception for the new exhibition at the Library Art Gallery on Saturday, September 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

With three-quarters of a century of history behind them, the 40 surviving Broadway theaters stand as design and architectural works of art in themselves, as well as monuments to the lively history of American theater.

Many were built as lavish headquarters for Broadway’s great impresarios, who spared no expense in their decor. The Belasco Theater, for example, designed for self-styled “Bishop of Broadway” David Belasco, boasts Tiffany glass, paneled wooden ceilings, and murals by the New York Ashcan School artist Everett Shinn.

Exploring this fascinating topic more thoroughly, Anthony W. Robins will present a lecture, “Behind the Bright Lights: The Fabulous Broadway Theaters,” on Sunday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m., at the Quogue Library. This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council of the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

There are just a few more days to check out the “Endless Summer” exhibition of works by Susan Cushing at the 4 North Main Gallery in Southampton, which runs through Sunday, September 8.

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