Beethoven's Ninth on Sunday
It's been said the original compact discs were formatted to hold all of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. True fans will cross the continent, if not oceans, to hear versions. A familiar favorite, it thrills audiences with its emotion, culminating in the final movement that brings together an soloists, chorus, and orchestra in the famous and climactic "Ode to Joy." This weekend, it's almost next door to us.
The Gulf Coast Symphony, a community orchestra, presents the famous symphony, largely regarded as Beethoven's best, under Maestro Andrew Kurtz. The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers and soloists Jennifer Braun, Jody Kidwell, Christopher Lorge, and Paul Corujo will join the orchestra. Also on the program is Beethoven's "Elegiac Song," Op. 118 for chorus and strings.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
Where: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers
To buy: Barbara B. Mann box office; phone 239-481-4849, or visit www.bbmannpah.com
Information: 239-277-1700 or http://www.gulfcoastsymphony.org
Marco Players are holding auditions for the Ira Levin thriller, "Deathtrap," from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 14 and 15. Actors in their mid-20s to mid-50s are needed.
Performances are March 20 through April 7.
For more information, call: 239-404-5198.
Learning from life
Paul Dorrell, author of "Living the Artist's Life: Updated and Revised," brings the wisdom of a longtime gallery owner to two local arts organizations on Monday, Jan. 14.
Dorrell is a gallery owner and art consultant who guides artists from the emerging level to the professional. His clients include Warner Brothers, the Mayo Clinic, H&R Block and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Topics covered include:
The current recession, how his gallery survived it, and what he learned from it.
How to cope with the emotional challenges that result from years of working in obscurity.
How to approach galleries, write contracts, work with private collectors and corporations.
How to successfully use the Internet, the Social Network, and related issues.
Getting one's work in major collections — museums or others.
His talks are set for the following times and locations:
Noon:http://www.artinlee.org/campandclasses/adultclasses.html Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 239-939-2787
6 p.m.:https://www.facebook.com/events/534413029904510 von Liebig Art Center</a>, 585 Park Street, Naples, 239-262-6517
Bard among the books
Shakespeare in Paradise is giving the Bard's "The Taming of the Shrew" a suburban Florida feel.
Set in present day in "a conservative, affluent beach community somewhere in the tropics," this "Shrew" sets out to further prove Shakespeare's ability to force audiences to examine their own lives and lifestyles through his timeless plays, according to director Randall Kenneth Jones.
All scenes are played in bars, on lanais and beaches, and in a specialty shop. Even the homes referenced are re-christened "Royal Port Estate" and "Coral Cape Manor."
"Shakespeare in Paradise exists solely to bring Shakespeare's works to the public in a relatable and meaningful way — to adults and students alike. By setting this time-honored play in our own backyard, we have a well-deserved chance to laugh at ourselves and the human condition — and how little things have changed."
The cast includes a real-life married couple, John and Mary Anne McKerrow, in the leading roles of Petruchio and Katharine. Shrew features yet another married couple: As the gender-bending society matron Baptista, veteran-actress Kay Francis is joined on stage by her husband of 26 years, Bruce Francis, as Vincentio.
What: Shakespeare in Paradise production of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"
When: Jan. 17-26
Where: Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue, Naples.
Tickets: At the door, or visit http://sipnaples.org;
Thriller authors star here
Karna Small Bodman, author of thrillers such as "Gambit" and "Checkmate," and forensics specialist Lisa Black, author of "Takeover" and "Evidence of Murder," are the featured speakers for the Friends of South County Regional Library luncheons in Estero this season.
■ Black, a professional crime scene investigator from Cape Coral, has written four books, with a new one coming out this spring featuring Theresa MacLean, a crime scene investigator.
Her talk will be Jan. 24 at the Estero Country Club at the Vines.
■ Bodman served in the White House for six years, with her last post as senior director of the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. The author of three books, she also has a new book, "Castle Bravo," which features a visit by a fictional vice president to Naples. Bodman and her husband have a winter home in Naples.
Her talk will be Feb. 27 at Grandezza Country Club.
Reservations are required: $26 for Friends members; $29 other.
Information: Ann Thomas at email@example.com or call 239-390-1362.
Exhibit space openings
The Friends of the Library of Collier County has announced there are monthly openings for artists to exhibit their two-dimensional work at the West Wing Gallery in the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave., Naples.
Artists are asked to submit the following for review:
■ Artist's biography
■ Contact information (full address, phone, email)Samples of work — high-resolution digital images (300 dpi or greater) or high-resolution photographs — which will be used for the Friends of the Library website (<a href="http://www.collier-friends.org">www.collier-friends.org)</a>;, in posters within the library or with news releases announcing the exhibit.
■ Submit in an email to psherrry@collier-friendsorgor mail to the address above, marked to the attention of Pat Sherry.