April on Art...and Design
In South Florida and Beyond
For the Love of Art --
Rob Faulds--Artist and FAU Galleries Director
Rob Faulds wears two hats. An abstract artist of growing renown, for 20 years Faulds has also been the visionary director of "The Galleries" at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). This is the man who catapulted the Schmidt and Ritter galleries onto the Palm Beach cultural landscape with timely programming and exhibitions. At the same time, Faulds was forging ahead with his own artwork in a style reminiscent of the early 20th century Russian Constructivists. Read more about him in my December profile in the Boca Raton Observer.
It started with an argument. My friend of mine insisted that Hellenic art was far superior to Hellenistic art. A teacher in the humanities, she was talking about classical Greek art produced when city states like Athens flourished. Of course, I had to admit the Acropolis is beautifully proportioned...But overall, I had to say, "No," to her infatuation with classical Greek sculpture. "Maybe the drawings on Greek vases are lovely," I added. "But nothing can compare to certain Hellenistic statues. At least not until the Renaissance produced Bernini. Just take a look at the Dying Gaul created in Hellenistic Greece, Alexander the Great's time."
Audiences are transfixed by her singing. When Jones sang Lucia in "Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," the Houston Review called her voice "full of dazzling radiance." Last year her career took a big step forward when she won a Grammy in the Best Opera Recording category for her soloist role as Christine Brennan in "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs" with the Santa Fe Opera. Check out my article in the June/July issue of the Boca Observer to read more about this fascinating young opera singer. bocaratonobserver.com/observed/la-vida-boca/on-a-high-note/
.Triumphal trumpets surprised us; kettle drums stirred us. It was the Te Deum by 17th c. French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier--a glorious piece of music. I heard it Saturday March 29th at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. It was the centerpiece of an Early Music Concert beautifully conducted by John Weatherspoon (conductor/artistic director of the expressivosingers.com).
There were echoes of Handel in this glorious piece of music. But rather than religious overtones, Charpentier's famous polyphonic motet sounded secular, at least to my ears. That may have reflected the fact that many believe it was composed to celebrate a French military victory--the Battle of Steenkirk in August, 1692. Three hundred years later this composition still stirs minds and souls!
Palm Beach Atlantic University
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