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Bits and Pieces: 03.12.20

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:10

Cyrano and Wagner

A new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play “Cyrano de Bergerac” from London’s West End will receive an encore screening at Guild Hall tomorrow at 7 p.m. as part of the National Theatre Live series.

James McAvoy (the “X-Men” movies, “Atonement”), a four-time Olivier-nominated actor, stars as Cyrano, a soldier, poet, and musician who, despite his bravery in combat and his way with words, feels his larger-than-normal nose will prevent him from winning the heart of Roxanne. Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

Also at Guild Hall, Wagner’s opera “Der Fliegende Hollander” (“The Flying Dutchman”) is up next in the Met: Live in HD series with a simulcast set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

Francois Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Evgeny Nikitin sings the role of the Dutchman, who is doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. The cast also includes Anja Kampe in her Met debut as Senta, whose love the Dutchman seeks, Franz-Josef Selig as her father, and Sergey Skorokhodov as her spurned lover. Valery Gergiev conducts. Tickets are $23, $21 for members, and $16 for students.

Drama From Peru

A harrowing drama from Peru will be screened in HamptonsFilm’s Now Showing series on Saturday evening at 6 at Guild Hall. “Cancion Sin Nombre” (“Song Without a Name”), a first feature by Melina Leon, is the story of Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn child is stolen moments after its birth in a clinic in Lima.

Thwarted by the legal system, Georgina turns to a journalist who uncovers a web of fake clinics and abductions. Based on true events and set in 1988, the film reveals a Peru plagued by political violence. Tickets are $15, $13 for members.

Beatles and Cabaret

The Moondogs, a group of local musicians who have been covering the music of the Beatles for decades, will perform the White Album at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m.

The band played its first live concert at Bay Street in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s arrival in the United States. Since then they have performed “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the music of George Harrison, and, last year, both “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road.”

The Moondogs are Fred Gilde and Dan Koontz, keyboards, Mick Hargreaves, Michael Schiano, and Jeff Levitt, guitars, Joe Lauro, bass, and Howard Silverman, drums. Many of the band members contribute as vocalists. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of each show.

Sing Us a Story, an eight-week workshop on cabaret performance, will culminate in a free showcase by the students on Monday at 6 p.m. at Bay Street. Led by Morgan Vaughan, an actress, singer, and director, the classes have focused on song choice, how to tell a story, connection with the audience, and voice training.

The workshop participants, Hugh Brown, Christine Carroll, Julia Crowley, Kelly Crowley, Julie Marcley, Terri-Marie Michaels, and Hilary Woodward, will perform songs by Sondheim, the Gershwins, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, and Hoagy Carmichael, among others.

Beyond Bach

The “Bach, Before and Beyond” music series will return to the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor on Sunday afternoon at 3 with “Life’s Seasons.” Under the direction of Walter Klauss, the concert will feature the Accord Treble Choir, a group of 10 women whose a cappella repertoire ranges from medieval music to 21st-century composers.

The program will include folk songs, a traditional Irish ballad, and compositions by Gustav Holst and Vaughan Williams. Tickets are $20 at the door or from the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.


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