Art Hounds: Heaven, Henry Cowell, and Bach’s B-Minor Mass on the big screen

Heaven09.jpg(Copyright Guthrie Theater. Photo credit: V. Paul Virtucio)

A musical set during the Balkan war, an early music festival focusing on a forefather of 20th century composition, and a German filmmaker and VocalEssence give Bach’s Mass in B-Minor a cinematic treatment.

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elissa.jpgGet in touch with “Art Hounds.” That’s the first thing Children’s Theatre Company Director of New Play Development Elissa Adams did after she saw the Flying Foot Forum’s production of the musical “Heaven” at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. Alyssa says with choreography by Joe Chvala and songs from Chan Poling, the show brings the Balkan War and its impact to life on stage in a truly moving way. It’s on at the Guthrie through April 10.

randalldavidson.jpgComposer Randall Davidson says Henry Cowell played such an enormously influential role in the evolution of 20th century American composition, more people need to know about him. Randall will be in attendance all four nights at Studio Z in Lowertown, St. Paul, for Zeitgeist’s “Early Music Festival,” April 7-10. The festival will feature Cowell’s music.

patriciamitchell.jpgPatricia Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, is already a big fan of one of Bach’s masterpieces, “Mass in B Minor.” Patricia says German filmmaker Bastian Cleve and VocalEssence will make the work a feast for the eyes and ears in “The Sound of Eternity.” VocalEssence will perform the piece while Cleve’s 27 short dialogue-free films inspired by the Mass are shown on the big screen. “The Sound of Eternity” will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8pm at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

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