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Amuse Singers Present: Weather Reports at Cathedral Arts Live
Cathedral Arts Live welcomes the ethereal sounds of choral ensemble Amuse Singers as they present Weather Reports Friday Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
About the Performance
Come hail and high water, fog and rain, sunshine and storms – there are no umbrellas necessary for these dispatches. The performance includes works by Kocsar, Esenvalds, Mealor, Sled and Britt, as well as commissions by Catherine Dalton and Eleanor Aversa.
About the Performers
Amuse was founded by Lee Ryder in the fall of 2003 to bring music written for women’s voices to New York audiences. An often overlooked area of choral literature, this repertory comprises serious works by a wide variety of composers throughout the last twelve centuries.
Writing in the New York Times, Allan Kozinn said, “This choir’s real magic is in its delicate balance of serenity and intensity...a pure transparent tone and solid ensemble.”
In addition to its three-concert season, Amuse singers have participated in a wide variety of other programs and events including the US premiere of John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple, the closing work of the Lincoln Center Festival. The ensemble sang the chants in a collaborative performance of François Couperin’s Messe pour les couvents with organist Renée Anne Louprette at St. Ignatius Loyola and that same year saw Amuse singers joining the Dessoff Symphonic Choir for performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Lorin Maazel for the maestro’s concluding two performances with the Philharmonic.
Amuse has also appeared twice on the Music on Madison series at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and has toured to the Boston area under the baton of its first music director. The group was presented on the Serenade Concert series at the historic Christ Church on Staten Island and made its debut with the Oratorio Society of New York in a cameo role in Mendelssohn’s Paulus at Carnegie Hall with Kent Tritle conducting. For more: http://www.amusesingers.org

About Cathedral Arts Live and Grace Church Van Vorst
The oldest Episcopal church in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst, founded in 1847, has a vibrant past and a promising future. In addition to being a welcoming and affirming home to a diverse set of congregants, Grace provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable citizens of Jersey City, offering a breakfast program to the hungry and a weekday program for seniors.
Building on its reputation as a fulcrum for talented artists of all kinds in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst launched Cathedral Arts Live as an extension of the already successful and vibrant Cathedral Arts Festival, founded in 1989.
The third season of Cathedral Arts Live runs through May 2018. Find details of the complete schedule at cathedralartslive.org Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/cathedralartslive
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

 
 PM 8:00--PM 10:30
"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd
Starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1962, 132mins., B&W. Screened in 35mm.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids; Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.

Bettie Davis and Joan Crawford, both Academy Award winners and two of Classic Hollywood’s greatest divas, famously had less than no love-loss between them, so the idea to cast them together in the same picture as antagonists, at a time when both their careers were in decline, was somewhere between pure inspiration and sadistic evil. The result is a gothic exercise in psychological terror that offers real suspense with some delicious camp.

As a child, "Baby Jane" Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then one night in the early '30s, came the accident which crippled Blanche for life and was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion. When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her showbiz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape seem cut off by the deranged Jane. The duo’s real-life animosity is palpable, and creates a macabre electricity. Crawford plays her part basically flat, but against this, Davis turns in an over-the-top, scene chewing performance that is as unforgettable as it is twisted; there’s no way around admitting that the guilty pleasure of this movie is watching Davis torment Crawford with apparent glee. Director Robert Aldrich handles the eccentric material well, mixing equal parts dramatic, creepy and humorous, to create a peculiar but striking tone. If “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” has become something of a cult classic, it also deserves to be known as a skillfully made, well-performed nail-biter.

While it’s easy to think that Davis enjoyed the chance to skewer and upstage her old nemesis, it must have been bittersweet for an actress who had been nominated for an Academy Award ten times, won twice, and was once one of the Silver Screen’s most glamorous leading ladies to have to play such a campy, crazed, an ugly character. Still, the part garnered Davis another Best Actress Oscar nomination and gave her a new lease on her career as a kind of celebrity character actress. The film did win an Academy Award for the now-retired category of Best Black and White Costume Design.

Also in this series: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 1931 Feb. 24 6PM and "The Silence of the Lambs" Feb 24 8PM

 

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