When physicist Sir Claud is killed by poison in his residence outside London, confusion erupts. His reputed formula for a new type of explosive is missing and famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must ascertain who the murderer is from the assembled guests.
Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” is a three-act whodunit that dates back to 1930 and launched the successful novelist’s second career as a playwright. Initially reluctant to stage it, she was eventually prompted into doing so by friends.
Chickasaw Civic Theatre (801 Iroquois St.) will stage the Christie classic Feb. 28 through March 8. Nedra Bloom directs.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15.75, $12.50 for students, military and seniors.
For more information, call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com.
Chamber Music features brand new composition
David Finckel met music the old-fashioned way: He was born into it. His father, Edwin, was a jazz musician during the Big Band era, but David opted for a more traditional route, taking up cello at age 10.
By age 15, young Finckel was playing Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 17, he became the first American student of the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, later joining the Emerson String Quartet and winning nine Grammy Awards.
Wu Han began piano studies in Taiwan at age 9. By 12, she was playing concerts in venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. She and Finckel married in 1985. They currently serve as the artistic directors for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Mobile Chamber Music will feature the pair on March 1 at 3 p.m. in the recital hall at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA S. Drive) on the University of South Alabama campus.
The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 in A Major for Cello and Piano, Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” and Frédéric Chopin’s Sonata in A Minor for Cello and Piano.
There’s something brand new, as well. Pierre Jalbert was commissioned to compose “Ephemeral Objects” specifically for Finckel and Han in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. The piece is filled with seven contrasting movements informed by disparate sources like French-Canadian folk songs and Gregorian chants.
“Music is a temporary, ephemeral experience. Each of these short movements is like a small object or small gem,” Jalbert said.
This survey of tempos and moods makes its world premiere just two days prior to the Mobile show. Local listeners will be among the first audiences to ever hear it.
Tickets are $20, $10 for students.
For more information, call 251-633-8840 or go to mobilechambermusic.org.
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