MuseFLASHES: Sutuesbury open studios and other arts happenings this week

  • Anontio Sanchez recreates his award-winning “Birdman” score Tuesday at the UMass Fine Arts Center. COURTESY OF UMASS FAC

  • “Cat Portrait” by Thérèse Légère is one of many works of art that will be featured in this weekend’s open studio tours in Shutesbury. COURTESY OF Thérèse Légère

  • Anthony Davis and Jason Robinson will perform Sunday in Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Charlie Quigg

  • Simon Powis will perform Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and he’ll offer a master class Sunday, also at the museum. COURTESY OF Simon PowiS/UMASS FAC

  • Sondra Peron’s “Atrocity Landscapes” is on view at the Hampden Gallery at UMass. COURTESY OF HAMPDEN GALLERY

  • A scene from “The Bright Stream,” which will be shown Sunday at Amherst Cinema. COURTESY OF THE BOLSHOI BALLET

  • “The Threepenny Opera” will be shown in HD at Amherst Cinema. COURTESY OF NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Operetta at the Academy

Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse” will be presented by the Valley Light Opera, this weekend and next, at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The opera was originally set in the early 19th century, but the director, Ted Blaisdell, has moved it ahead several decades to late Victorian England. He calls “Ruddigore” “a rollicking good comic opera [and] a commentary on Victorian ways of thinking about women.”

Shows are Friday and Saturday, and Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. There will be a pre-show talk by Michael Greenebaum at 1 p.m., before the Sunday matinees, at the Academy.

Ticket cost $30 (premium); $25 (adults); $20 (seniors 65+); and $15 (students with ID and children 12 and under. To reserve, visit www.aomtheatre.com or call the box office at 584-9032.

$10 college student rush tickets will be sold a half-hour before each performance, at the door (ID required).

Open studios

A group of Shutesbury artists will hold an open studio tour Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The artists are Leslie Cerier, an award-winning impressionist photographer, at 58 Schoolhouse Road (lesliecerier.com); Ziporah Hildebrandt, who extracts colors hidden in garden plants to create dyes for silk, at 378 Daniel Shays Highway (zeldezplantwear.etsy.com); nuno felter Nina Compagnon, at 186 West Pelham Road (ninasfiberarts.com); seamstress Thérèse Légère, at 55 West Pelham Road (bit.ly/legereart); and Valerie Gilman, who teaches pottery and sculpture, at 85 Baker Road (valeriegilman.com).

For information about the tour, including a map, visit runzbars.com/open-studio-tour.

Music at Smith

“Angel Spirits: Music of World War One,” a recital by soprano Deborah Selig and baritone David McFerrin, will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

The recital features songs written during and inspired by WWI and in tribute to Veterans Day.

On the program: Music composed by Claude Debussy and the Boston-based Gregory Zavracky, and readings by three poets. Popular American songs will be played as well, such as Irving Berlin’s and Jim Europe’s.

Selig and McFerrin have nationally acclaimed careers in opera, oratorio and recital repertoire. They will be accompanied by pianist Jerry Noble.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Music at the Carle

Classical guitarist Simon Powis will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road in Amherst. The concert is part of the UMass Fine Arts Center’s ¡Guitarra! Classical Guitar Series. Concert tickets cost $15

Powis is a celebrated soloist, chamber musician and musical innovator. A native of Sydney, Australia, he studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completed master’s and doctoral studies at Yale University.

On Sunday, Powis will lead a master class, “Five Techniques to Improve Your Practice,” at the museum, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop is open to all skill levels.

Workshop tickets cost $25 for participants; $12 to observe. Pre-registration is required.

For tickets to the concert and/or the workshop, visit www.fineartscenter.com or call 545-2511.

Theater/ballet onscreen

National Theatre Live’s “The Threepenny Opera” will be shown Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

In this Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill classic, Mr. and Mrs. Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business as London’s East End scrubs up for the coronation. Contains strong language. Tickets cost $24.

The Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Bright Stream” will be shown in HD Sunday at 12:55 p.m.

In this comic ballet, at a harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina, with a childhood friend, Zina. To teach a philandering husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband swap roles, and costumes, for the evening.

Tickets cost $18 ($9 for students with ID, at the box office only).

To reserve tickets for either program, visit www.amherstcinema.org.

At Hampden Gallery

“Atrocity Landscapes,” an exhibit by Sondra Peron, will open with a reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 14 at Hampden Gallery in the Southwest Residential Area at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Peron’s work integrates historical and philosophical issues while bridging old and new photographic technologies. Peron received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Smith College and a master’s degree in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

In this exhibit, large-scale black-and-white photographs of battlefields of the U.S. Civil War, trenches of the Somme and forts of Verdun are juxtaposed with contemporary views of atrocity landscapes. Peron’s website is www.sondraperon.com.

Music at UMass

Anthony Davis (piano) and Jason Robinson (saxophone) will perform Sunday at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a concert presented by the Solos & Duos Series.

With Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and the post-60s jazz avante-garde as central reference points, Robinson and Davis bring together their experience in different music worlds.

Davis is the composer of the opera “X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” which premiered at the New York City Opera in 1986, as well as other operas, including his latest, “FIVE,” about the Central Park Five, five young African-American youths who were falsely accused and convicted in the rape of a young white woman in Central Park.

Robinson, a member of the Janus Ensemble, has released 15 albums as leader or co-leader, and has appeared on 50 albums. He is an assistant professor of music at Amherst College.

Tickets cost $15; $7 for students.

Antonio Sanchez will recreate his Grammy Award-winning score for the film “Birdman,” live, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

The 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up action star trying to reinvent his career on the stage, was scored and performed by jazz drummer Sanchez.

Sanchez will perform the score live, during a showing of the film, with a reduced-seating configuration in the Concert Hall. Popcorn and drinks from a cash bar will be available during the movie.

Tickets cost $30; $10 for Five College students at youths 17 and under).

To reserve for either program, visit www.fineartscenter.com or call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

Dance at Smith

A fall faculty dance concert will be presented Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 at Smith College.

On the program: an excerpt from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane’s “Story/Time” and new choreography from Ephrat Asherie, Rodger Blum, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser and Marilyn Sylla.

Tickets to both programs can be purchased online at www.smith.edu/smitharts.