Barry Goralnick’s Winter Plans

Out of Town: I’m still working on plans for a warm getaway, but I know I will be going up to Boston in early spring to attend the World Premier of the Mass for St. Timothy’s, a choral and orchestral work by my partner, the composer-lyricist Keith Gordon. It will be performed at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 650 Nichols Street, Norwood, Massachusetts, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 5th. While I’m up there, I’ll also visit Renzo Piano’s renovation and expansion of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which opened on January 19. As you can see from the images below, glass and natural light are the keys to the project.

Renzo Piano, extension of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Renzo Piano’s  new extension to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Evening exterior of special exhibition gallery at Renzo Piano's extension to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The new Special Exhibition Gallery in Piano’s extension to the museum.

Stairs in the Renzo Piano extension to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Stairs in the Piano extension; behind them, a link to the original palazzo. 

I’ll also be sure to visit the new Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Designed by the British architects Norman Foster & Partners, it opened last year to a lot of praise.

Norman Foster's addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Norman Foster’s addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Norman Foster's addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The interior court at Foster’s addition to the MFA.

Stairs in Norman Foster's addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA’s new Art of the Americas Wing comprises 53 galleries on four floors. 

While in Boston I’ll also visit the Acme Fine Art, a gallery run by my friends Jim Bennette and David Cowan. They specialize in modern American art of the 20th century including fauvism, cubism, abstraction, surrealism, regionalism, and abstract expressionism. Their current show is an exhibition of watercolors and oil paintings by four notable modern artists–Maurice Freedman, Dorothy Eisner, Philip Malicoat, and Michael Loew–who chose the coast of Maine as their subject matter. It runs through March 3.

PAINTINGS OF A HOUSE, 1983, Dorothy Eisner, oil on canvas

Paintings of a House, 1983, oil on canvas, by Dorothy Eisner, one of the works in the current exhibition at Acme Fine Arts in Boston.

Book Shelf: Winter reading includes Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham, the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, who was as famous for his work in movies as for his corporate identity and graphic work. I’m also reading The Quality of Mercy, a sequel to the great novel Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth; and Smut, a pair of very funny novellas by the English playwright Alan Bennett.

 Saul Bass by Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham

The Quality of Mercy by Barry Unsworth

Smut by Alan Bennett

On Stage: There are a couple of musicals I want to catch: Evita, which opens March 12, with Ricky Martin as Ché and Elena Roger, a glamorous Argentinean actress, in the title role; and Once, based on a 2006 indie romance from Ireland that won an Academy Award for the song Falling Slowly. And I also intend to see Clynbourne Park, by Bruce Norris, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier Award for Best Play.

Elena Roger in Evita

The Argentinean actress Elena Roger stars in  the new revival of Evita.

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in Once at New York Theater Workshop

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in Once, a new musical at New York Theater Workshop, based on a 2006 Irish independent movie. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times