Getting Summer in Gear

The Hampton Theatre Company’s special benefit performance of “Alarms and Excursions” on Saturday, June 3, turned out to be a smashing success. Wine and hors d’oeuvres before the curtain went up poured and passed by actors of the company who were not performing that night set the tone of festive celebration for the evening.

The play was well received by the very responsive house and all repaired afterwards to a fabulous cocktails and buffet reception at the Quogue Field Club hosted and sponsored by Doug and Colleen Rogers. A few of the actors who have been with the company since its founding in 1985 offered a tribute to co-founder James Ewing and Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell, the power couple who are now moving on to pursue other interests, after 32 years and 27 years, respectively.

The evening had the feel of both a festival and a celebration of extended family with a shared interest in the theater arts.

The final five performances of Michael Frayn’s “Alarms and Excursions” will be offered tonight, Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11, at the Quogue Community Hall. This collection of five rollicking comedies by the author of “Noises Off” will have shows on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The five separate “dizzyingly funny” (Variety) mini plays of “Alarms and Excursions” serve up the playwright’s observations about longtime couples and their quirks of communication, frequently against a backdrop of their dependence on—and victimization by—the so-called technological “advances” of the modern world.

The cast features Hampton Theatre Company veterans Rosemary Cline, Andrew Botsford, Jane Lowe (Baldwin) and George A. Loizides.

To reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111.

Quogue Library Programs This Week

As always, a number of interesting programs coming up this week and weekend at the Quogue Library. Highlights include: Dr. Charles Guida of Southampton Hospital presenting a talk on “Shingles: What Vaccines Do Adults Need?” tonight, Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.; a presentation by Michael Cook on “The Lost Music of Deems Taylor” on Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m.; and a talk by longtime WPPB 88.3 FM radio host Ed German, author of “Deep Down in Brooklyn,” on Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m.

For more information on any of these programs, and to register, call the library at 631-653-4224.  

World Premiere for Quogue Chamber Music June 17

The first concert of the Quogue Chamber Music 2017 season will feature guest trio performers Gerard Reuter, oboe, Adrian Morejon, bassoon, and David Oei, piano, performing a world premiere by composer Dan Visconti.  The piece, to be presented as part of the program on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quogue Community Hall, was commissioned by Jane and Marvin Deckoff in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.

In addition to the Visconti piece, “Hopper Nocturnes,” the trio will perform works by Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Sondheim and Poulenc. Following the concert, there will be a celebratory party at the Quogue home of Jane and Paul Dietche.

Tickets are $40 for the concert only; $100 for the concert and celebration immediately following the performance; and $5 for students (concert only). Checks may be made payable to Quogue Chamber Music, Inc. and mailed to Post Office Box 1984, Quogue, NY 11959. Tickets may also be purchased at www.quoguechambermusic.org or at the box office at the Community Hall on the night of the concert. Box office opens at 6:30.

In addition to the concert, the Reuter, Morejon and Oei Trio will give a performance for the school children of the Hampton Bays Elementary School on Friday, June 16.

Oboist Gerard Reuter is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and has been principal oboist of American Ballet Theatre, Parnassus and the New York Philomusica.  As the recipient of the 1992 Pro Musicis International Award, Mr. Reuter was presented in solo recitals in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Rome, Hong Kong and Paris.  

An alumnus of the Curtis Institute and Yale School of Music, bassoonist Adrian Morejon is currently on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory, the Longy School of Music and Purchase College.  He is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and has appeared with the Chamber Music Society, the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest and Portland Chamber Music Festival.

Pianist David Oei has been winner of the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Competitions and has performed with the St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  He is the director of the new Mezzrow Classical Salon, presenting monthly classical chamber music concerts in a West Village jazz club setting.

The program being performed will include the Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, “Hopper Nocturnes” by Dan Visconti, Saint-Saëns Sonata for bassoon and piano, Three Waltzes by Sondheim for oboe and piano and the Poulenc Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon.

Annual PTA Chicken Dinner Slated for Friday, June 16

The Quogue School PTA is hosting its 25th annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at the school on Edgewood Road. Businesses and families are being asked to help support the school’s Arts in Education program by attending this perennially enjoyable event.

Annually hosting an average of 150 adults and 100 children, this dinner serves as the PTA’s major fundraising event of the year. The members of the Quogue School PTA believe the opportunities created through exposure to the arts enrich and support the extensive curriculum the school embraces.

The traditional “great food, music and family fun” will be paired with a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for Quogue School alumni in grades 7 through 12, and $10 for children; raffle tickets are priced at $20 for 25 tickets.

“Art of the Steal” Screening at Library June 16

“The Art of the Steal,” the 2009 documentary film about the controversial move of the Barnes Foundation collection from Merion, PA to Philadelphia, will be screened at the Quogue Library on Friday, June 16, at 4 p.m.

The Barnes Foundation is considered by many to hold the world’s best collection of post-Impressionist art. The film traces the fascinating story of Philadelphia physician Albert C. Barnes, who amassed a dazzling personal collection of late-19th and early-20th century art, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, 44 Picassos and 14 Modiglianis.

The Barnes Collection, established in 1922, and which includes over 900 paintings and several thousand objects, was carefully and often symmetrically arranged according to size, paired with artifacts and furniture, and organized around aesthetic themes and formal elements in its many rooms in the original Merion gallery.

Barnes’s will stipulated that his collection never be moved, and that his Foundation stand against “the enemies of intelligence and imagination in art.” The film presents an account of the alleged breaking of his will and ensuing courtroom tussles, positing that the collection was hijacked by Philadelphia’s political and nonprofit elite.

Call the library to register; 631-653-4224.  

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