Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
English singer John Reed in the 1966 D’Oyly Carte Opera Company production of The Mikado
English character dancer, actor and baritone, John Reed, who delighted generations in Gilbert & Sullivan’s D’Oyly Carte operettas, died on February 13, his 94th birthday. He is survived by his partner of 52 years, Nicholas Kerri.
Mr. Reed was born in County Durham, England, in 1916.
He joined D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1951 as a comic understudy. He
became principal comic baritone in 1959, where he performed and recorded
all the major roles in his fach, including Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S.
Pinafore, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance,
Ko-Ko in The Mikado (his favorite), the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe,
and John Wellington Wells in The Sorcerer. He also directed
and appeared with other companies.
Mr. Reed appeared on the Celebrity Series of Boston season 3 times as a member of D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, in 1962 at The Shubert Theatre and in 1966, and '68 at The Savoy Theatre.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz vocalist and host of NPR's JazzSet, brings To Billie With Love, A Celebration of Lady Day, to Boston's newly refurbished Paramount Theatre on March 27 and 28 (courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Celebrity Series).
Ms. Bridgewater made an appearance today on NPR's Talk of the Nation (can one make an "appearance" on radio?) in support of her tour and new CD, Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959), To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Joining the conversation was Billie Holiday biographer Farah Jasmine Griffin (If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday)to talk about the great Lady Day.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Read Bob Israel's review in its entirety here.
I do have one factual error to point out (he said, pedantically): The Animals' "Down in Monterey" immortalized the Monterey Pop Festival, not the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer will perform Schubert Trios nos. 1 & 2 on February 21 at Jordan Hall. In this video, they play and discuss Schubert trios (from Music@Menlo in 2008).
Steve Greenlee's review for The Boston Globe
Thursday, February 11, 2010
All courtesy of your pals at Celebrity Series of Boston.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The February 21 concert by cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer will be recorded for rebroadcast on WGBH's classical station at 99.5 FM (formerly WCRB, or rather, probably still WCRB in the eyes of the FCC, but - well, you get the idea) and will get a nationwide airing on American Public Media's Performance Today.
So, really, turn off those cell phones.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The second encore came form the pen of Brazilian composer Julio Medaglia, a friend of the ensemble. Tango el Porsche Negro is a kind of tribute to a former BPWQ member's automobile.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Both Marcia Siegel's Mozart Dances review and Lloyd Schwartz's Mozart Dances and Christian Tetzlaff reviews are already online in advance of hitting the streets in tomorrow's edition of the Phoenix. Here are the links to their columns:Marcia Siegel - Squiggles and Lines
The City of Boston enjoyed a rich and varied visit with the Mark Morris Dance Group last week. In addition to enjoying 3 performances of Mark's gorgeous Mozart Dances, audiences were also treated to a Mozart Dances photo exhibit at The Prudential Center, a talk with Morris and music critic Richard Dyer at Sanders Theatre, and an event which may have flown beneath the radar of some: Dance for PD.Mark Morris Dance Group dancers David Leventhal and John Heginbotham conducted a dance class at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center specifically designed for people with Parkinsons Disease. Read more about the company's Dance for PD program on this page.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
"There were no gimmicks in Jordan Hall Sunday night. No semi-staging. No actors employed. No mood lighting. No screen projections to help us feel the music. There was not even a pianist to accompany it.
There was only one deeply serious artist, the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, alone with his instrument on a completely empty stage. It turned out that, for one of the most rewarding concerts in recent memory, nothing more was required."
Read all of A lone violin, when nothing more is needed.
Here's a bit of one of Lebrecht's posts (guess which one), and a good indication that he will share whatever needs to be shared to make good copy:
"I once heard Franz Welser-Möst heaving his guts out in the interval of
a Tokyo concert. He returned from the flush to give a Beethoven Fifth
of reckless intensity, so edgy that no-one's insides were safe. That's
music - you feel something, and you share it with others."
Monday, February 1, 2010
Celebrity Series of Boston announces FEE FREE WEEK!
Order tickets through CelebrityCharge between February 1 and February 5 and pay no ticket fees. Offer is available by phone only.
(617) 482-6661 (Mon-Fri, 10am - 4pm)
Here is the 2009-2010 Celebrity Series of Boston calendar for your browsing pleasure.
Here's a bit from his concluding paragraph:
"This was an extraordinary evening of dance and music, and an extraordinary moment in the city's cultural life."
Aw, shucks... Quotes like that should be on posters or at least on multiple blogs. But Mr. Garvey is not Rex Reed, there is observational meat on the bones in his review. Garvey does not miss the point (not to imply that anyone else in print did so), nor does he neglect the stellar musicians who spent the weekend largely out of site in the orchestra pit.
You can read Mark, Mozart and Mystery in full here.