2009-04-16 / Arts & Entertainment News


From lectures and classical piano to doo-wop and Sinatra songs

The Louvre Museum The Louvre Museum Here's what's on tap at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in the week ahead. For tickets or more information, call 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org.

. Art educator and lecturer Joan Jacobs presents "The Pride of Paris: The Louvre Museum," the final class in the season's Art Talk series, at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Toni Stabile Building just south of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Ms. Jacobs will discuss highlights from one of the most important art collections in the world. A question-andanswer session will follow her lecture. Tickets are $37.

. Elaine Newton, professor emeritus of humanities at York University in Toronto, will discuss Mischa Berlinski's "Fieldwork" as the final program in the Critic's Choice series of discussions about contemporary fiction. The discussion begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Hayes Hall. Tickets are $30.

. The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, led

by Christopher Riddle, performs in the Philharmonic Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19. The orchestra was founded by legendary arranger Nelson Riddle, who orchestrated such classic songs as "The Lady is a Tramp," "Witchcraft,"

"I've Got You Under My Skin," "Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa." Mr. Riddle's son took over the orchestra in 1985 and has continued winning accolades with the sound made famous by his father. Tickets are $47.

. Tony Award-winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen pays tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. in "Vereen Sings Sammy" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20. The critically hailed concert features one of the most versatile entertainers in show business performing songs made famous by the ultimate song-and-dance man and onetime Rat Pack star. Selections will include "Black Magic," "Candy Man," "What Kind of Fool," "Something's Got to Give" and "Mr. Bojangles." Tickets are $57.

. Journey back in time with three groups from the golden agea of rock 'n' roll when Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Larry Chance and

Nelson Riddle Nelson Riddle the Earls and The Shangri-Las take the stage at the Philharmonic Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

Johnny Maestro began his career as the lead singer of The Crests, whose hits included "16 Candles" and "Trouble in Paradise." He went on to front Brooklyn Bridge, the group best known for "The Worst That Could Happen."

Larry Chance and the Earls helped define the doo-wop era of rock 'n' roll with "Life Is But a Dream," "I Believe" and "Remember Then." The Shangri- Las were one of the most popular "girl groups" of the '60s with the No. 1 hits "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' In the Sand)." Tickets are $55.

. Chinese pianist Xiayin Wang makes her Philharmonic Center debut at

8 p.m. Thursday, April 23. The winner of numerous international piano competitions is celebrated for her technical brilliance, sensitivity and poetic touch. She made her

Carnegie Hall debut last fall and has won critical accolades for her live performances. Tickets are $39.

Coming up:

. As part of its 10th anniversary tour, "Footloose the Musical" steps onto the stage at the Phil April 24-26. True to the story line of the 1980s hit movie starring Kevin Bacon, "Footloose the Musical" follows teenager Ren as he adjusts to life in a small farming town after moving from fast-paced Chicago. The biggest surprise about his new hometown is its ban on dancing, the brainchild of a preacher determined to exercise control over the town's youth. Things heat up when the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren. "Footloose" ultimately celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Show times at the Phil are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 24-26, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25-16. Tickets are $59 for adults and $39 for students.

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