Elizabet Elliott is the new director of exhibitions and public programs for the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center (ACAC), effective Nov. 13. She moves from the Mobile Museum of Art, where Elliott said she worked “five years, including independent contractor stuff.” Her LinkedIn page cited her as curator of programs from March 2015 to present, and curator of adult education from March 2014 to March 2015.
ACAC Executive Director Amanda Solley held the curator’s position before ascending to her current spot and trying to juggle both offices. She said the move will allow latitude to address another vacancy.
“When Dan Munn in development left for New York in August, I decided to take over that and hire [Elliott] for exhibitions and programs,” Solley said. She mentioned the assembly of a fundraising committee on Solley’s list of new tasks.
According to Solley, Elliott’s curatorial decisions are subject to approval by Solley and the ACAC Board of Directors. She will also oversee guest curators.
Guest trio at ‘Beethoven and Blue Jeans’
A lot of legwork comes to fruition for Mobile Symphony Orchestra when they are joined by the string trio Time for Three for the annual “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” concert. MSO Music Director Scott Speck said it took “years of planning” to bring them.
The Philadelphia group — double-bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang — has earned a reputation for eclectic tastes and casual dress that makes them ideal for MSO’s most low-key show of the season.
“This group of vibrant young soloists has taken the classical world by storm, but it was a matter of finding the right piece for them to play with our orchestra,” Speck said in a news release. “Chris Brubeck’s ‘Travels in Time for Three’ perfectly suits their eclectic musical personality.”
There’s a reason for the good fit. The Brubeck piece was commissioned by the trio and a group of 10 orchestras. It travels through various musical styles before concluding with a jazz-infused Mardi Gras homage.
The remaining program is both appropos and accessible. Rossini’s “William Tell” overture, perhaps best known as the theme from television’s “The Lone Ranger,” opens the show.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” brings the bucolic indoors. Its pop culture usage runs a gamut from Disney’s “Fantasia” to the dystopian science fiction classic “Soylent Green.”
The Nov. 17 show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Nov. 18 matinee is at 2:30 p.m.
A preconcert talk, TakeNote, begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Room 1927, adjacent to the Saenger entrance.
Tickets cost from $15 to $80 and can be purchased online at mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010 or at the symphony box office (257 Dauphin St.). Student tickets cost $10.