April 3, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 13

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    April Highlights

       Court Theatre
       The Romance Cycle: Parts 1 and 2

    Through Sunday, June 1

    Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. $24-40 for each part.

    Court Theatre’s production of The Romance Cycle: Parts 1 and 2, comprised of two full-length Shakespeare plays, Cymbeline and Pericles, will explore themes of love, mistaken identity, sacrifice, disaster, reconciliation and romance. Set against a backdrop of an impending war between Britain and the Roman Empire, Cymbeline is the tale of the brave heroine, Imogen, and her lover, Posthumus, who marry in secret only to be separated by King Cymbeline. In Pericles, Shakespeare’s great romance of loss and redemption, an exiled prince travels through a series of fantastical kingdoms in search of home. Court veterans Kate Fry and Guy Adkins will play Imogen and Pericles. Audience members are encouraged to view both plays on the same day for the optimum experience. A Greek buffet dinner will be served between the two parts.

    From Part 1, Cymbeline: Jay Whittaker (Iachimo) helps himself to a kiss from the slumbering Kate Fry (Imogen) as he steals her bracelet.

       Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
       Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ

    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 702-7059. $10 general, free for children 17 and under.

    8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

    As first presented in a cathedral in Cadiz, Spain, in 1787, Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the Vermeer Quartet, includes brief spoken meditations prefacing each movement. Presenters of the meditations include Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor in the Divinity School; Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel; Don Wycliff, Chicago Tribune; Rita Simo, People’s School of Music; and Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University. There will be a preconcert lecture at 7 p.m.

    The Vermeer Quartet

       Special Collections Research Center
       “Writing for the Eyes from Antiquity to the Renaissance”

    Monday, April 7 through Monday, Oct. 6

    8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

    Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. 702-8705. Free.

    Interactions between the visual and verbal arts are explored in this exhibition of illustrated texts that contain descriptions of actual or imagined works of art. In conjunction with the Smart Museum’s exhibition “The Painted Text: Picturing Narrative in European Art,” “Writing for the Eyes” examines how the experience of readers and the intentions of authors are transformed when descriptions of works of art are presented alongside depictions of them.

    “Son imagination se remplit de tout ce qu'il avait lu” from Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. L’ingénieux hidalgo don Quichotte de la Manche. 1863.

       The University of Chicago Presents
       Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, and Malcolm Martineau, pianist

    8 p.m. Friday, April 11

    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $30 general, $11 students.

    In continuation of the University of Chicago Presents Chamber Music Series, Susan Graham will perform songs by Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and more in her recital debut. Graham, who will be accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, is known for her imaginative portrayals of the most demanding lyric mezzo-soprano roles and for her compelling interpretations of art song and symphonic literatures.

    Susan Graham