CSU concert focuses on student collaborations

The Horton School of Music at Charleston Southern University in collaboration with the College of Charleston presents "Contemporary Collaborations: Whispers in the Wind," a concert of world premiers for vocal chamber ensembles.

This program will be presented twice: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Charleston Southern University's Lightsey Chapel, 9200 University Blvd., and 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St. Each performance will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session with performers, composers, poets and professors.

This concerts feature five new compositions by student composers from the College of Charleston. The pieces have been written for performers from Charleston Southern, along with additional performers from the College of Charleston.

Texts have been selected from poems submitted by students and recent graduates. Each composition will feature one or more vocalists and a chamber ensemble.

Admission is free to both concerts. For more information, contact the Horton School of Music at music@csuniv.edu or 863-7966.

Francis Bacon portrait could fetch $50M

LONDON - A portrait by Francis Bacon of his lover and muse is going up for auction, with an estimated price of $49.3 million.

"Portrait of George Dyer Talking" depicts a young Londoner with whom Bacon had a turbulent relationship. It was exhibited at Bacon's first major retrospective show in Paris in 1971. Dyer killed himself just before it opened.

Francis Outred, head of contemporary art at Christie's Europe, said that the painting offered "a powerful portrait of arguably one of Bacon's greatest loves."

It will be offered by Christie's in London on Feb. 13.

Filer wins Britain's Costa Book Award

LONDON - Mental health nurse Nathan Filer has won Britain's Costa Book Award for his saga of schizophrenia, "The Shock of the Fall."

The novel, Filer's first, charts the story of two brothers split by a boyhood accident, taking the reader into the surviving sibling's mind as he struggles to deal with mental illness and the fallout from his brother's death.

Filer told the BBC the story was tinged with sadness but he believed the main character was one that readers would like to spend time with.

Filer's book is published in the United States as "Where The Moon Isn't." The Costa Book Award is worth roughly $50,000. It's open to writers based in Britain and Ireland.

Radcliffe eyes Broadway in 'Cripple of Inishmaan'

NEW YORK - Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway as a disabled Irish dreamer.

Producers said the "Harry Potter" actor will star in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan," directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage.

Previews begin April 12 at the Cort Theatre with an opening scheduled for April 20.

The show tells the story of a young man who tries to become a movie star when a Hollywood film is being made nearby.

Radcliffe made his West End debut in 2007 and Broadway debut in 2008 in "Equus." He returned to Broadway in 2011 for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

"The Cripple of Inishmaan" was mounted in London last year with Radcliffe and previously had off-Broadway productions.

Staff and wire reports