Artist Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “Forty-Part Motet” has wowed visitors since it went on display at Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) in early March. The detailed reproduction of a choral rendition of Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in alium” has moved visitors to exultation and tears alike.
On Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m., Director of Choral Activities Dr. Laura Moore of the University of South Alabama will help visitors dissect the anatomy of the musical piece. She will look at the history of 16th century devotional music, choral practice and the life and works of Tallis.
Museum staff will also discuss the unique challenges brought about by the installation for the ears rather than the customary visual orientation. The interactive activity is designed to bring visitors a greater appreciation and depth of knowledge for the showplace in Langan Park.
The event is free. For more information call 251-208-5200.
Williams classic enters last weekend
May 27-29 is the last weekend for the latest presentation of Tennessee Williams’ masterful psychological study “The Glass Menagerie” at Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope). The final performances run May 27-29 at the intimate Eastern Shore playhouse with audience seating to match its moniker.
The tale of a mother’s transference of her faded dreams onto her children’s futures and the tender sadness that wallpapered their house is one of the most celebrated stage plays of the last century. Much of its content is derived from the playwright’s own life.
The production experienced setbacks in the final weeks before the premiere with a pair of tragic deaths among its chief personnel. Word has it the cast of four and a replacement director performed remarkably in the time since, with a delay of mere days.
Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18, $12 for students. For more information call 251-626-5802 or go to theatre98.org.
Jazz camp auditions continue
There’s still time for hopeful young musicians to earn a place in the new jazz camp being staged by the Mobile Big Band Society. Formal auditions will take place at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m.
Applicants must have their own instruments and be able to play at least five of the basic scales along with a selection from a music method book and a brief solo selection. The goal is to develop a jazz education program for intermediate to advanced aspiring youth musicians in the Mobile area through instruction, master classes, historical perspectives, field trips and performance opportunities.
Staff instructors include E.B. Coleman Big Band and Excelsior Band leader Hosea London, multi-instrumentalist Dr. Kent Murdick and Ellis Marsalis protégé Deborah Johnson McIntosh. There also promises to be master classes led by visiting jazz artists.
For more information or to request a registration form contact Yvette Chestang at 251-545-4244 or email [email protected].
MTG travels love’s travails
It’s amazing what time and ardor will do to what begins as magic. Playwright and songsmith Jason Robert Brown took the demise of his own marriage and turned it into theatrical gold with the work “The Last Five Years,” but nearly at a cost. His ex-wife threatened legal action because the musical followed her story a little too closely without her permission. After changing one song near the play’s beginning, the ex eased her threats.
The Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) will take audiences on those stormy seas when it stages the play June 3-12. Christopher Spencer directs this latest version. Musical direction is by Scott Jolly.
As the play opens, Cathy is lamenting the end of her marriage. It then shifts as her husband, Jamie, is introduced, but he’s five years in the past at the beginning of their relationship.
On it goes, her going backward in time while he heads forward. The only moment when they meet in the same patch of time is at their wedding in the play’s middle.
The clever juxtaposition delighted Chicago audiences when it premiered in 2001. It moved on to Off-Broadway New York where it picked up six Drama Desk Award nominations with a win for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. It was revived Off-Broadway in 2013 and has traveled the globe.
Friday and Saturday curtain is 8 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, military and students. For more information call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.