The Washington Post critics choose their favotite shows of the week.
Visitors to the Phillips Collection, accustomed to the generally sunny, French disposition of the paintings on view there, may find themselves baffled and, initially, put off when they wander into "Guillermo Roux," a retrospective exhibition of the works of the contemporary Argentine artist. Roux's paintings are far from gloomy but, in overturning polite convention, they can be strange, mystifying, provocative.
The highlight of this week's music will be the Washington Opera's return to the Opera House Saturday night with a new production of Beethoven's "Fidelio." But this event will be preceded and surrounded by an extraordinary number and variety of vocal music events scattered through the week. Today there will be recitals by three distinguished singers: baritone Jorma Hyinnen in the Concert Hall, baritone Christopher Trakas singing Schubert's "Die Winterreise" at the National Gallery, and soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson tonight at Strathmore Hall. Tomorrow night, baritone Jerome Barry will perform with violinist Mary Findley and pianist Alan Mandel at the Israeli Embassy, and Tuesday night, tenor Jon Lackey will sing Schumann's "Dichterliebe" at the Church of the Epiphany. Other vocal events will include: opera scenes performed by the National Lyric Opera, Friday and Saturday at the French Embassy; the Norman Scribner Choir, Saturday night at St. Ann's Church; and baritone Gordon Hawkins singing Copland's "Old American Songs" with the Prince George's Philharmonic, Saturday night at Prince George's Community College.
Sir Neville Marriner is the National Symphony's guest conductor this week and Cecile Licad is the guest pianist in a program of Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. Other orchestras performing here this week include the Camerata Musica of the DDR, Friday night in the Terrace Theater; the American Chamber Orchestra, tomorrow night in the Terrace Theater; the Catholic University Pops, tomorrow night in the Hartke Theater; the Fairfax Symphony with viola soloist Miles Hoffman playing the Washington premiere of Penderecki's Viola Concerto, Saturday night at Fairfax High School; the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra, with violinist Joseph Bykov and pianist Maribeth Gowen, Saturday night at the National Bureau of Standards; a children's program by the McLean Orchestra, Saturday night at Langley High School; the Washington Conservatory Orchestra, this afternoon at the French Embassy; the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra, tonight at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria; and the Air Force Sinfonietta, Wednesday noon at the Library of Congress.
Chamber and keyboard highlights of the week: members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band in a program of music by black American composers around the turn of the century, this afternoon at the Library of Congress; oud virtuoso Munir Bashir, tonight in the Terrace Theater; the Beaux Arts Trio, Thursday and Friday night at the Library of Congress; the Tokyo Quartet, Thursday night at American University and Friday night at the Corcoran Gallery; the Canadian Brass, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Wolf Trap Barns; the Rosetti Woodwind Quintet, Friday night at the Netherlands Embassy; Scottish guitarist David Russell, Friday night in Gaston Hall; the Theater Chamber Players, Saturday night in the Terrace Theater; Music of the Spheres, tonight at St. Mark's Church, Capitol Hill; the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saturday night at the University of Maryland; violinist Leland Chen, with the premiere of a work by Jerzy Sapieyevski, Saturday night in Dumbarton Church; flutist Judith Pearce, today in the Phillips Collection; cellist Rebecca Rust, Wednesday night at the OAS; pianists Juliana Markova, today at the University of Maryland, Tzvetan Konstantinov, today at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Thomas Lorango, Wednesday night at the Corcoran Gallery, and Andre Rangel, Friday night at the Brazilian-American Cultural Institute.
Lesa McLaughlin & Dancers, one of the resident troupes at Dance Place, presents its latest program, including two premieres, at Dance Place this afternoon.
The wonderfully innovative Adaptors Movement Theatre, which offers "The Bed Experiment One" at Ellicott City's Kinetics Dance Theatre tonight, makes its Washington debut with "Autobahn," in a Thursday through Sunday engagement at Dance Place under the cosponsorship of Dance Place and the Washington Performing Arts Society, as the highlight of a National Performance Network residency here.
Former Murray Louis dancer Robert Small performs a program of solos he's choreographed at the University of Maryland's Studio Theater EE Friday and Saturday evenings.
Washington's exciting Daniel West Dancers troupe appears Saturday and Sunday in the Baltimore Museum of Art's "Dance on the Edge" series.
The best film at the 1987 New York Film Festival wasn't a new film from a European master, it was an American film, starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury that was first released in 1962. "The Manchurian Candidate," John Frankenheimer's film of the Richard Condon novel, hasn't been available for viewing by general audiences since Sinatra and his coproducers pulled it from release after President Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Ironically, it was a phone call from Kennedy that persuaded Arthur Krim, then the head of United Artists, who at first opposed making the film because he thought the material was too inflammatory, to go ahead with the production. The rerelease of the film is a real occasion for filmgoers. In addition to being Frankenheimer's best film and one of Sinatra's best performances, it's one of the wittiest, most sophisticated political thrillers ever produced in this country, and one that still has the power to unnerve.
Sunday is Country Music Day, with Conway Twitty and rugged Randy Travis doing afternoon and evening shows at the Patriot Center and mellowing outlaw Jerry Jeff Walker at the Birchmere; on Tuesday, singer and songwriter Dan Seals is at the Birchmere.
Intriguing combination of the week: the fierce pianist McCoy Tyner and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who usually leaves his accommodation behind when he's in the right company. At Blues Alley Tuesday through Sunday.
Fiddler James Kelly, concertina player Noel Hill and guitarist Peter Yeates open a two-week stand at the sometimes rowdy Dubliner on Wednesday; next Sunday, they'll give an afternoon concert in the considerably quiter Bentley Lounge at AU's Gray Hall for the Gaelic League of Washington.
The Grandfather of Rock 'n' Roll, Chuck Berry, hot on the heels of his great concert film and intriguing autobiography, comes to the Warner Saturday and Sunday.