Now on display in the Lake Tahoe Community College foyer gallery is the work of Nevada sculptor Larry Williamson. Having lived in Nevada for most of his life, the harshly beautiful landscapes of the Great Basin desert provides the inspiration, subject matter and even the actual materials of Williamson’s work. Williamson’s exhibit will be on display through Dec. 8 during open campus hours.
Williamson started whittling figures from scraps of wood when he was 5 years old and his work today still includes forms carved in wood. His skill as a ceramist had led him to incorporate elements of clay into his sculptural work as well. The land and the denizens of the Great Basin, both past and present, are the real and mythical characters that inspire and narrate his work. Williamson has described his work philosophically as what author Joseph Campbell calls “participating in the joyful joyful sorrows of life.”
In the college main gallery is a group exhibition of student work titled “Winners.” The “Winners” exhibition is an invitational in which the students who were award winners in last spring’s Annual Student Art Exhibition are invited to show their winning pieces as well as three new works of art. Because the Annual Student Art Exhibition routinely includes more than 500 works of art in 16 different categories of competition, it exemplifies the talent and diversity of the LTCC art student population. The “Winners” exhibition represents a portion of that whole. The “Winners” exhibit also runs until Dec. 8.
Basque dance show in Reno
The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, will present “1937: Along the Paths of Memory,” a story of coming of age and holding onto your roots in exile, told through dance, music and images. The Kukai Dance Company from the Basque region of Spain will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Reno. Admission is free.
The subject of Kukai’s performance is the plight of the Basque refugee children of the Spanish Civil War. When the Basque towns of Guernica and Bilbao were bombed by the Nazis in the period prior to World War II, many parents made the decision to evacuate their children to other countries – England, France, Belgium, Mexico – for safekeeping during the conflict. Around 33,000 children were evacuated. While some were eventually repatriated, the outbreak of WWII caused many to remain in their adoptive countries where they eventually became permanent residents.
The dancers depict the story of seven of these “children of the war” who were taken by ship to a boarding school in England, where their Basque caretaker helps them to remember the language, songs and dances of their homeland, easing their intense homesickness.
The Kukai Dance Company of San Sebastian, Spain won the Premio Donostia for theater and “1937” was a finalist for the Max Prize for new productions. Choreography is by Jon Maya, music by Juan Mari Beltran and it is produced by Kukai Dance Company and Tanttaka Theater.
For more information contact the Center for Basque Studies at (775) 784-4854 or at basque.unr.edu. For parking and facility information contact the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at (775) 686-6600 or at http://www.pioneercenter.com.
Tahoe Choir holiday concerts
For its 33rd annual Christmas concert, scheduled Dec. 3, 4 and 5, the Tahoe Choir, in conjunction with the LTCC chorus, will present three concerts of classical and popular favorites of audiences – and the Tahoe Choir as well. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the Lake Tahoe Community College theater and at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Theresa Catholic Church.
Selections from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Handel’s “The Messiah,” a Bach chorale, an excerpt from Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and a double chorus work that includes recorders as well as other selections are part of the first half of the concerts.
A lighter tone prevails after an intermission which includes “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” Leroy Anderson’s choral favorite “Sleigh Ride” and ends in a hilarious arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” The choir collaborated with the Reno Philharmonic in three presentations of “Carmina Burana” last April.
Tickets for all three performances are available now from choir members as well as the college book store. Ticket prices are $l0 general admission, $8 for seniors, and children under 5 accompanied by an adult are free. Tickets will also be available at the door for each performance.
– Provided to the Tribune