Best Bets: Aby Wolf, opera opener and Sister Cities
Aby Wolf plays Bent Paddle, Sacred Heart
Aby Wolf, a Twin Cities-based singer-songwriter, will perform twice here this week — first a solo show at Bent Paddle, then with Champagne Confetti, which is billed as new electro-acoustic works for strings, voices and electronics alongside Eric Mayson, at Sacred Heart Music Center.
Aby Wolf, often heard harmonizing with Dessa, has also collaborated with Martin Dosh, The New Standards, Dark Dark Dark and No Bird Sing and other members of Doomtree.
Champagne Confetti debuted last week in Minneapolis.
Aby Wolf plays a pop-up performance at 8-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at Bent Paddle Taproom, 1832 W. Michigan St. Tickets: Free.
Aby Wolf: Champagne Confetti is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students at Globe News, Electric Fetus and eventbrite.com.
LOON opens with couple troubles
Lyric Opera of the North opens its season with a celebration of U.S.-born conductor, composer and teacher Leonard Bernstein — on the centennial of his birth.
A two-fer performance includes Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti," a one-act, one-day opera about a rocky suburban marriage that looks pretty good from the outside, and "The Filthy Habit" by Hilliard and Boresi. This short opera, by the duo behind "Blue Viola," is about a couple that is trying to quit smoking.
Both are less than 50 minutes long and sung in English. Composers Matt Boresi and Peter Hilliard will be at Monday's performance and will be part of a Q&A with guest conductor Andrew Sewell and cast members.
Lyric Opera of the North's season opener is at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $50 reserved seat at tables, $39 general seating, $12 students with current ID.
Award-winning violinist to perform during DSSO's 'New Horizons'
Award-winning Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik will perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at Symphony Hall. The New York Times has described the young artist as having a "dark hued tone and razor-sharp technique."
This is Kutik's favorite violin concerto, according to a news release, because it marks a sudden growth in the the composer's understanding of the instrument.
Also on Saturday's program: Arnold Schonberg's "Transfigured Night" and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's "New Horizons" concert is at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: (218) 623-3776 or at Ticketmaster outlets, including the DECC box office or ticketmaster.com.
Talking about the Sister Cities
Six years later, artist Anne Labovitz's grand-scale project, involving Duluth's Sister Cities, is now showing at the Tweed Museum of Art. The work, "122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders" started with Labovitz conducting Skype interviews with people around the world. She then created large-scale paintings that captured the conversations. She has toured the works to the featured cities of Rania in Iraqi Kurdistan; Vaxjo, Sweden; Petrozavodsk, Russia; Thunder Bay, Canada; and Ohara Isumi-City, Japan. She also incorporated an interactive aspect.
Labovitz is a Duluth-born artist who now lives in the Twin Cities.
"122 Conversations" opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. today (Oct. 25) at Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Free, open to the public.
Arts walk, ballet talk
Laura Goodman, whose "Curl, Uncurl and ..." is one of the commissioned works for the ballet's season-opening "Rite of Spring and Other Dances," will face off with painter Karen Nease for an arty convo at Joseph Nease Gallery.
Goodman based her choreography on four wave paintings by Nease and, according to a news release, explored "the elemental and generative forces" depicted in the artist's work.
Goodman is a former dancer and instructor who started her career with the Minnesota Ballet before moving on to the City Ballet of San Diego, Canyon Concert Ballet and the Metropolitan Ballet. Nease's work is inspired by environmental issues.
The artist talk is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Joseph Nease Gallery (23 W. First St.) is part of this month's Downtown Arts Walk, which is a drop-in wander past the studios, galleries, businesses and shops of local arts-minded folks.
Downtown Arts Walk is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at downtown Duluth venues. See Facebook page for full list. Free, open to the public.