Art Hounds: Isaak Dunayevsky, Becky’s New Car, and some ear-shattering rawk

9471 300.jpgMatt McNabb as Steve and Kristen Sawyer as Becky in Becky’s New Car (Photo credit: Kevin Wicks)

You can’t keep this week’s hounds down as they dig up beautiful Soviet-era orchestral music, some female mid-life crisis theater, and some hard and heavy rock that will please and pound your ears.

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denis evstuhin.jpgStalin-era composer Isaak Dunayevsky is a household name for Russian native and pianist Denis Evstuhin, but not for his fellow Minnesotans. Denis wants people here to discover the splendor and complexity of Dunayevsky’s music. He’s recommending a full symphonic concert devoted to Dunayevsky that’s being organized and directed by Twin Cities conductor Marina Liadova at Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall, Sunday, Jan. 20th, at 4 and 7pm.

laura-bidgood.jpgTwin Cities director and stage manager Laura Bidgood was surprised to find that a character who gives up all the great things in her world to pursue a self-destructive mid-life crisis can still engender sympathy, compassion and belly laughs. But that’s who she discovered in the play “Becky’s New Car,” at Lyric Arts in Anoka through Jan. 27.

johanengevik.jpgLoud…fast…hard and synthesizer-free is the way local musician Johan Engevik generally prefers his musical entertainment. Johan expects to get an earful of quality Minneapolis rock at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday, Jan. 17th, with Skull Wizard, Buildings, Sonic J, and Blackthorne on the bill.

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