Boston Calendar of Cultural Events 04/22/12 – 04/29/12

Art, Film, Music, Theatre and more ….

Nélida Nassar  04.21.2012

Monday, April 23, 2012 to Sunday April 29, 2012
New England Conservatory: Numerous Daily Free Concerts
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Monday, April 23, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: Line Describing a Cone
Directed by Anthony McCall
USA 1973, 16mm, b/w, silent, 30 min
Introduction by Ernie Gehr

Wednesday April 25, 2012 6.00 P.M. – 7.00 P.M. 
Museum of Fine Arts: Women Unchained 
by Beverly Siegel (US, 2011, 60 min.).
Alfond Auditorium, G36

Wednesday April 25, 2012 8.00 P.M. – 9.00 P.M. 
Museum of Fine Arts: Punk Jews 
by Jesse Zook Mann (US, 2012, 60 min.).
Alfond Auditorium, G36

Wednesday April 25, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 7.30 P.M. 
Thursday April 26, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Friday April 27, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday April 28, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Saturday April 29, 2012 2.00 P.M.
Huntington Theatre: The Luck of the Irish
When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for “their” house back. Moving across the two eras, this intimate new play explores the complex impact of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for home. /

Wednesday April 25, 2012 8.00 P.M. 
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven and Mendelssohn – with post-concert Symphony + reception
BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads three weeks of programs to conclude the 2011-12 season. He is joined by popular actress Claire Bloom as narrator and the bright young singers Layla Claire and Kate Lindsey for Mendelssohn’s delightful complete incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, also featuring the women of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Opening these three weeks of concerts, each of which features a Beethoven symphony, is the composer’s Symphony No. 1, a piece many years in the making that helped establish Beethoven’s status as the major inheritor of the Viennese Classical style from Mozart and Haydn.

Thursday April 26, 2012 7.30 P.M.
Friday April 27, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Saturday April 28, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Sunday April 29, 2012 3.00 P.M.

Celebrity Series: Citi Wang Theatre: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

The stunningly gifted and gorgeous Ailey dancers bring fire and passion to programs of classics and exciting new works alike. Following the successful transition to new artistic director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues its triumphant journey as America’s leading modern dance company.

Thursday April 26, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Institute of Contemporary Art : Hotel Lux
This screening of Hotel Lux marks the film’s East Coast premiere and only its second appearance in the US.
In this black comedy satirizing the Nazi regime and Stalin’s Reign of terror, writer director Leander Haussmann pays homage to Ernst Lubitsch’s 1940s classic To Be or Not to Be.

Thursday April 26, 2012 10.30 A.M. Open Rehearsal
Thursday April 26, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Friday April 27, 2012 1.30 P.M.
Saturday April 28, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Debussy, Mozart and Beethoven
Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink leads Beethoven’s warm and ever-popular Pastoral Symphony, which depicts a pleasant day in the country (notwithstanding a brief thunderstorm).  Equally pastoral, but from a different world, is Debussy’s lush, languid, modern Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, which reveals the still-young composer’s mastery of a new musical language.  Austrian pianist Till Fellner makes his BSO debut in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, composed while he was working on his great opera The Marriage of Figaro. /

Friday April 27, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Sunday April 28, 2012 3.00 P.M.
Handel and Hayden Boston Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Coronation
Harry Christophers, conductor; Rosemary Joshua, soprano; Paula Murrihy, alto
Thomas Cooley, tenor; Sumner Thompson, bass
Pre-Concert Conversations
One hour before the start of each performance in Symphony Hall’s Higginson Hall. /

Friday April 27, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Celebrity Series: Jordan Hall: Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet has proven their mastery of a key element of great quartet playing: each player is a fully realized musical character working toward complete unity of musical purpose. The miracle of their artistry is their ability to explore in unison, to stay in perfect sonic balance while infusing their performances with new energy and interpretive power.
Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 77, no. 2
Thomas Adès: Four Quarters (Boston premiere)
Dvorak: String Quartet in G Major, Opus 106

Thursday, April 26, 2012 7:30 P.M. Sanders Theatre
Saturday April 28, 2012 8.00 P.M. Jordan Hall
Sunday, April 29, 2012 3.00 P.M. Sanders Theatre
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler Triumphant!
Symphony No. 7 that most fully expresses the mayhem of living in the contemporary world. Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic are ideal interpreters of its teeming beauties. It would be hard to find a more perfect way to end the season!

Saturday April 28, 2012 2.00 P.M. & 8.00 P.M.
Sunday April 29, 2012 1.00 P.M. & 5.00 P.M. 
ArtsEmerson: Hershey Felder in Maestro: Leonard Bernstein 
Award-winning actor, playwright and concert pianist Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone) returns to Boston with his latest composer creation, Maestro: Leonard Bernstein. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star… for Leonard Bernstein, boundaries simply did not exist.

Saturday April 28, 2012 7.30 P.M. & 10.30 P.M.
American Repertory Theatre: Donkey Show
The celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show now takes Boston by storm, bringing you the ultimate disco experience-a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens. Come party on the dance floor to all the 70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you.
A.R.T.’s OBERON houses this magical romp inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join the party under the disco ball. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever!
Oberon Theatre

Saturday April 28, 2012 8.00 P.M. & 11.00 P.M.
French Cultural Center: Le Bal de L’Absinthe
Dance into la Belle Époque while sipping on drinks by mixologist Ted Kilpatrick of
No. 9 Park to gypsy jazz, and bidding on exciting silent auction items including a trip to absinthe’s birthplace in Val-de-Travers, Switzerland.

Saturday April 28, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Goethe Institute: Spring Concert
Bülent Güneralp, bass baritone; Eunyoung Kim, pianist
Rita Hurtado, soprano, guest artist
A colorful spring concert with selections from different genres including art song, opera, Broadway, American Songbook and solo piano repertoire.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
Museum of Fine Arts: Max Davidson 1920s Silent Comedies 
Treat yourself to the best laugh you’ll have all year! In 1920s Hollywood, Berlin-born comedian Max Davidson (1875-1950) starred in some of the most uproarious comedies in film history – and some of the most Jewish!
Remis Auditorium, 161

Sunday April 29, 2012 2.00 P.M. to 3.30 P.M. & 4.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.
Institute of Contemporary Art: The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival
The Digital Program includes award winners in animation (Japan), technical innovation (New York), and experimental cinema (USA/Brazil), while the 16mm Program features selections including notable works from the US and Canada, boasting Jury and the Eileen Maitland awards. /

Sunday, April 29, 2012 5.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: El justicero
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. With Arduíno Colasanti, Adriana Prieto, Márcia Rodrigues
Brazil 1967, 35mm, b/w, 105 min. Portuguese with English subtitles

Sunday, April 29, 2012 7.00 P.M.
Harvard Film Archives: A Very Crazy Asylum (Azyllo Muito Louco)
Directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. With Nildo Parente, Isabel Ribeiro, Leila Diniz
Brazil 1970, 35mm, color, 83 min. Portuguese with English subtitles

Sunday April 29, 2012 8.00 P.M.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra
Yuri Bashmet, Conductor and Soloist, Mischa Maisky, Cello Maestro Artist Management is proud to present the 20th Anniversary US tour of one of the world’s most acclaimed chamber orchestras, Grammy Award winner – Moscow Soloists, led by the internationally-renowned conductor and the preeminent viola player of the modern age Yuri Bashmet.

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts


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