Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has a hard climb following season-opening Renée Fleming. But they’re prepared to come, to see and to conquer by taking the audience to the glory of Rome.
Ottorino Respighi’s final of three suites inspired by the ancient Italian capital is the eponymous core of MSO’s “Roman Festivals” performances, Oct. 6 and 7. They take listeners from a wild and stormy scene at the Circus Maximus to a religious pilgrimage, an autumnal festival and the eclectic symphony of life in the storied metropolis.
It’s joined on the bill by John Adams’ postminimalist “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Richard Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier Suite” and Hector Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture.” It’s an array of styles and moods analogous to the fever and respite of Mobile’s own three-week pre-Lenten party.
Shows at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets run $15 to $80 and are available at mobilesymphony.org or the MSO box office (257 Dauphin St.).
Call 251-432-2010 or visit mobilesymphony.org.
Fairhope shutterbug in focus at museum
Indiana-born Frank Stewart ended up in Fairhope in the first years of the 20th century and opened photography shops until 1936. The early single tax advocate and “Picture Man” visually chronicled life in the bayside town until nearly his death in 1942.
Starting in the 1990s, local historian Donnie Barrett began collecting Stewart’s work. He amassed more than 700 photos, including some aerial shots, and published a book on Stewart.
Barrett is the guest speaker for the noontime Oct. 10 Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile (11 S. Royal St.). The free program invites guests to bring a lunch and enjoy complimentary beverages along with the discussion.
For more information, call Jennifer Theeck at 251-208-7510 or email email@example.com.
Eastern Shore art group returns
The eclectic and often-missed Gulf ArtSpace group was the nexus of new artistic energy in Fairhope for much of the last decade. It has arisen and will be on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St., Fairhope) for October.
The exhibit titled “Boxes” features paintings by Lynn Yonge, Tameka Johnson, Kathrena Rivera, the late Fred Marchman and many more.
“The works in this exhibit will be diverse — polished and unpolished, unstructured and unedited. It should be interesting,” Gulf Artspace founder Yonge said in a release.
Joining Gulf Artspace at ESAC are Judy Oxford’s “Jubilee” paintings, Kelli Newsome’s “Farm to Gallery” and “Animal Art Safari.”
An opening reception will be held during the Oct. 5 First Friday Artwalk, 6-8 p.m. It includes live music by the New Orleans Ramblers.
For more information, call 251-928-2228 or visit esartcenter.org.
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