The Forum announces its seventeenth season. “This year,” said Neil Prior, Forum chairman, “we have perhaps our most diverse season ever. The season features music, literature, film, opera and theater.”
The season begins on Oct. 13 with the return of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra for their tenth visit to St. Thomas. They will be joined by the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. “This will be the second time the symphony has partnered with the Rising Stars. Last time was a tremendous success and we’re hoping for a repeat sell-out,” said Prior.
The program will be a mix of classical and pop. The Puerto Rico Symphony will begin with the popular “Academic Festival” overture by Brahms and will end the concert with the immortal “Beethoven’s Fifth.” The Rising Stars will play a series of pieces with the orchestra: Rimsky Korsakov, Von Suppe, Tchaikovsky and Mozart. They will also play two pieces on their own which include “Love on Top,” the Beyonce hit.
This will be a joint production with the Reichhold Center for the Arts and begins at 8 pm. Tickets cost $75, $35 or $20. Call 693-1559 (Reichhold) or 690-4350 (The Forum) for information.
DVD Festival. On Nov. 14, the Forum will present its third DVD Festival on the big screen at Prior-Jollek Hall, Antilles campus. The aim of this program is to select films of interest to movie goers and movie buffs which have not been shown theatrically on St. Thomas. Joan Amerling, executive director of the Forum, highlights the tasks of the board. “We need to find the kind of film that will appeal to our core audiences just before or at the time that it’s released in DVD format. The search is going on now, and we will expect to announce the three films in the next couple of weeks.” The Forum DVD Festival will be at Prior-Jollek Hall on Nov. 14, 28 and Dec. 5. All films will start at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door that night.
Classical Jam. The new year begins with a visit from “Classical Jam” appearing at Prior-Jollek Hall at 8 p.m. on Jan. 26.
Classical Jam is a five- piece ensemble of flute, percussion, violin, viola and cello. Its five players are among the most highly demanded soloists and chamber musicians today. Classical Jam is known for its engaging and lively presentations with thought-provoking concert themes and a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to contemporary. From Gershwin to Piazzolla. Tickets $30.
Dava Sobel. Prize-winning author Dava Sobel will talk about her latest book: “A More Perfect Heaven.” Sobel, who worked in the Science Department of the New York Times, found great success with her first book “Longitude,” the story of the search for a system with allowed mariners to establish their position at sea with accuracy. Since its publication, she has followed up with the highly successful “Galileo’s Daughter.” Her latest work tells the story of Copernicus and his seminal book “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” – the work that established the then controversial theory that the earth revolved around the sun. Two actors from the Pistarkle Theatre under the direction of Frank Bartolucci will perform scenes in which the young student Rheticus persuades Copernicus to go public with his theory. Dava Sobel will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Prior-Jollek Hall. Tickets cost $15.
Lora Tchekoratova and Georgy Valtchev. A husband and wife piano and violin duo, Tchekoratova and Valtchev will perform at 8 p.m. on March 2 at Prior-Jollek Hall. Founded on a mutual commitment to the violin and piano combination, these Bulgarian musicians, both graduates of Juilliard, have toured the United States performing at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y’s Meet the Virtuoso Series. Both of these accomplished players also appear on their own. Lora Tchekoratova has performed at the Kennedy Center as well as in Chicago, Minneapolis and New York. Georgy Valtchev most recently appeared at the Edward Pickman Hall in Boston and the Courtyard Theater in Dallas. Tickets cost $30.
Brasil Guitar Duo. Classical Guitar Magazine states about this duo, “the maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity is outstanding.” João Luiz and Douglas Lora first met as students and have now been performing together for twelve years. Their program will combine traditional Brazilian and contemporary works by composers such as Piazolla and Villa-Lobos. They will play at 8 p.m. on April 6, Prior-Jollek Hall. Tickets cost $30.
Film Festival. Market Square East. On May 8, 15 and 22, the Film Festival, now in its twelfth year, will be held at 7 p.m. at Market Square East. Tickets cost $15.
The Metropolitan Opera in HD Live. Throughout the season, the Forum will be showing performances direct from the Metropolitan Opera live in HD at Prior-Jollek Hall. This year, the program features six operas: "L’Elisir d’Amore" on Oct. 25, "Otello" on Nov. 8, "La Clemenza di Tito" on Dec. 13, "Aida" on Jan. 10, "Maria Stuarda" on Feb. 7 and "Rigoletto" on Feb. 28. Tickets for operas are $20 sold at the door.
Special ticket prices for teachers are $10 and students $5 at all events other than the Puerto Rico Symphony. Tickets will be available at Reichhold Center for the Arts, Dockside Bookshop, Interiors and Home Again.
Call 690-4350 for information at anytime.