Bits And Pieces 09.27.12

Local culture news

Ivories Tinkling
    On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., Anne Tedesco will return to the Montauk Library to perform a concert of classical works for the piano by Bach, Gliere, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Schumann, and Chopin. 
    Ms. Tedesco has taught music history, theory, classical piano, and fine arts since 1982 at St. John’s University in Queens. She and her husband own a house in Montauk.
    The pianist was praised by The New York Times when she made her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in 1981 for her “intelligent articulation in Bach’s ‘Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,’ ” and her “languid phrasing in Ravel’s ‘Miroirs.’ ”

Catch a Rising Star
    The 10th anniversary season of the Rising Stars Piano series at the Southampton Cultural Center will open on Saturday at 7 p.m. with Tanya Gabrelian performing Bach, Haydn, Rachmaninov, and the Mephisto waltz from “Faust.”
    Ms. Gabrielian, who is Armenian-born, was described by The London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle.” Her 50-minute performance will have no intermissions.
    A reception to meet the artist will follow. Tickets are $15; no charge for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door 40 minutes prior to the performance.
    Other artists participating in the series include Margarita Schevchenko on Nov. 10, and Igor Lovchinsky on Dec. 8. In 2013, Michelle and Kimberly Cann will perform on April 6, Konstantin Soukhovetski on April 27, Awadagin Pratt on May 18, Orion Weiss and Anna Polonski on June 8, Anthony Molinaro on Sept. 28, Qi Xu on Nov. 9, and Di Wu on Dec. 14.

New Play Reading
    Guild Hall and the Naked Stage will present a staged reading of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” by Rajiv Joseph on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Josh Perl will be the lead artist.
    The plot centers on two American Marines and an Iraqi translator who meet up with a tiger that roams war-torn Baghdad to find meaning, forgiveness, and redemption amid the city’s ruins. The play explores both the power and the perils of human nature.
    The Naked Stage’s productions are free.