Here’s a weird coincidence. Two composers, nearly two centuries apart, almost polar opposites, were both 19 when their first operas were performed. Both operas are named after central characters whose three-syllable names begin with A. And both just received terrific Boston performances — simultaneously, in different parts of town.
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 7pm, in connection with Michael Miller’s exhibition of photographs, Ireland, and Joanna Gabler’s exhibition of her “transcapes,” Nature and her Essence, the acclaimed poet, Lloyd Schwartz, Senior Classical Music Editor of New York Arts, will read poems by W. B. Yeats and other Irish poets. Read more.
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The “overture” to the Barrington Stage Company’s production of On the Town, the Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical, wasn’t written by the composer. The honors belong to John Stafford Smith, who with later lyrics by Francis Scott Key, wrote “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s an unexpected way to begin this hilarious and horny show about three […]
It was excellent to go to the venerable Mac-Haydn Theatre last night. One comes upon it like a secret location, hidden in the landscape. It is a company full of real people; pretension is not allowed. It has a round stage, and has seen a succession of musicals performed on it for forty-five years. I went there to see one of my favorite shows, Harvey Schmidt […]
The barn at Tannery Pond is particularly well suited to cello music — a kind of cello-within-a-cello, the musical equivalent to the old literary framing device, maybe. The instrument's range and woody timbre are particularly appealing, even restful, resting on the ear's most sensitive range of pitches, so it is no wonder cellists seek out such acou […]
Early in his long career, photographer Leonard Freed discovered Little Italy in New York City and became enchanted with Italians. From then until his death in 2006 he made countless trips to Italy where he produced some of the most memorable images of the people in their environment. He captured the joys of love, childhood, marriage, and the celebration of family and food. Freed’s Italians revel in the poetry of everyday life. Happy or sad, we can’t miss their exuberance. Nor can we overlook their picturesque surroundings.