Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…
This week the Muskegon Museum of Art opens a new exhibition of the original artwork from the acclaimed graphic novel Bluffton, My Summers with Buster Keaton by Pennsylvania-based artist and Newbery Medal winner Matt Phelan—inspired by Buster Keaton’s time in Muskegon (http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/media-room/press-releases/358). You can learn more about the film legend’s connection to Muskegon and The Bluffton Actor’s Colony—and one of the most colorful and all-around fascinating chapters of Muskegon history—at this informative website: http://www.actorscolony.com/.
An extraordinary cache of art treasures, now available for public viewing:
On a recent trip to Chicago, I had a chance to attend open night of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s stunning new production of Antonín Dvořák's relatively rarely performed operatic masterpiece, Rusalka. Beautifully staged and featuring the acclaimed Puerto-Rican soprano Ana Marie Martinez in the title role, this opera, full of ravishing folk-inspired melodies (including, of course, the celebrated “O Silver Moon”) is well worth the road trip, and runs through March 16. More details here: http://www.lyricopera.org/tickets/productiondetail.aspx?id=13826.
As we look forward to Opera Grand Rapids’ upcoming production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, we welcome OGR’s new Executive Director, Anne Berquist to Michigan’s longest running professional opera company. I’ll be featuring an interview with Anne on my program this week, and, in the meantime, you can get to know her a little better through this recent article by my arts-colleague, Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grandrapids/index.ssf/2013/12/opera_grand_rapids_appoints_fo.html.
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