Tickets for what could be the most popular art exhibit of the season - "The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings From the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute" - go on sale Wednesday.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting the last stop of the show's international tour, which made its only other U.S. appearance in 2012 at Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum. (Although it normally resides at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.) It also has been seen in Japan, China, England, Spain, France and Italy.
"The Age of Impressionism" opens Dec. 22 and will be on view through March 23. Tickets, which include admission to the rest of the Houston museum, will be $12.50-$23 (free for museum members and ages 11 and younger) at 713-639-7300 and mfah.org. They will not require a timed reservation.
Three notable women who have made a huge difference in Houston's theater scene spanning multiple decades will tell their stories in a "Women in Theater" panel discussion Monday, part of the ongoing Barbara Karkabi Living Archives at the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library.
The panelists are: Tamarie Cooper, Catastrophic Theatre associate director; Eileen Morris, Ensemble Theatre artistic director; and Rebecca Udden, artistic director of Main Street Theater. Nancy Wozny, editor-in-chief of Arts & Culture Texas, will moderate.
The university's living archives series, dedicated to sharing and preserving the stories of Houston women, honors Karkabi, a former Houston Chronicle reporter who died of cancer in 2012. The award-winning journalist helped found the series in 1996 and continued to support it through the years.
The "Women in Theater" event is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, in Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston. Tickets are $10, free for students and Friends of Women's Studies members. Lunch will be provided to those who contact email@example.com.
Beethoven and the piano
Brian Connelly, artistic director of Context, will give audiences a look at the nuts and bolts of Beethoven's piano music this week.
Connelly will start with a lecture-recital Thursday at Rice University, where he teaches in the Shepherd School of Music. Using an instrument from Beethoven's time - an 1810 piano by Viennese builder Michael Rosenberg - Connelly will discuss the pianos Beethoven knew and how they affected his playing and compositions. Excerpts from the "Moonlight" Sonata and other works will illustrate the different flavors Beethoven's music has when played on a period instrument rather than on contemporary pianos. The free demonstration will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Alice Pratt Brown Hall.
Connelly will return to Brown Hall at 4 p.m. Nov. 24 for a recital featuring three Beethoven sonatas: the dynamic "Waldstein" and "Appasionata" and the more lyrical, less familiar Sonata in F major, Op. 54. He'll again play the 1810 piano. Tickets are $28. Brown Hall is near campus entrances 8 and 18. Details: 713-665-2620; musicincontext.org.