Boston Weekly Cultural & Artistic Picks 10/29 – 11/04, 2012

Nélida Nassar  10.28.2012

 

The Picks of the Week: 

Jordi Savall at the Boston Early Music Festival
Karyn Levitt sings Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book at the Goethe Institute

The Musical Europe Program: The Golden Age of the Consort Music for Viols (1500 – 1700) 

Jordi Savall, treble viol and direction
Philippe Pierlot, alto and bass viol
Sergi Casademunt, tenor viol
Guido Balestracci, bass viol
Xavier Puertas, violone
Xavier Diaz-Lattore, guitar and theorbo
Andrew Lawrance-King, arpa doppia
Luca Guglielmi, organ and harpsichord
Pedro Estevan, percussion

The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) in partnership with the Honorary Spanish Consulate will present one of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation, Jordi Savall and the acclaimed ensemble Hespèrion XXI in a program entitled music: The Golden Age of the Consort Music for Viols (1500 – 1700).

Hespèrion XXI’s mission is the study and interpretation of ancient music according to modern criteria, with an emphasis on the immense richness of the Hispanic and European musical repertoire before 1800. In its thirty years of existence, the group has, in collaboration with other outstanding performers, rescued numerous works and programs from oblivion, thus contributing to a major reappraisal of the fundamental aspects of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoires.

For his BEMF concert, Mr. Savall, who has been dubbed the guardian of ancient music, will direct his ensemble of seven exceptional artists – playing different instruments and consorts of viol (treble viol, alto and bass viol, tenor viol) as well as the lute, the theorbo, the organ, the harpsichord, the arpa doppia and percussion – in a fascinating and expansive tour of two centuries of music.

Mr. Savall will weave links between the Elizabethans and their Italian contemporaries. Starting with the British (John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd), the musicians will then visit the Baroque French court (Michel Philidor), Venice, Spain (Antonio de Cabezón), and Germany (Samuel Scheidt), as well as Rome (Luigi Rossi), among other places. “The English proved true masters in composition for consorts of viols” (five violas da gamba and lute), Mr. Savall explained recently, adding “they left mighty works in terms of melody, counterpoint and harmony of great intensity despite the fragile sound of the instruments.”

Mr. Savall’s career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make him one of the principal architects of the current re-evaluation of historical music. For over 30 years now, he has given a new life to neglected musical marvels: day after day, he reads, studies and interprets these pieces with his viol or as a conductor.

An indefatigable researcher, in the British Museum he has found old Italian and Spanish manuscripts ornamented by English musicians of the period, and some of this music will appear in the program he will be presenting for BEMF, which also includes “In Nomine” by Gibbons. The rhythms and themes presented in the course of the evening will reveal the immensely rich cross-fertilization that occurred among Spanish, English and Italian composers in the seventeenth century. “This is music of fire and air, full of joy and humor, and dancing… and it retains an element of popular music even in the most refined works.” The refinement of the viola da gamba is now no longer limited to the “happy few” who had honored it until recently.This program is sure to be a delight, an immersion in the timeless music of exceptional masters.

Friday, November 2, 2012 – 8.00 p.m.
New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

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Karyn Levitt at the Goethe Institute

Kathyn Levitt a soprano from Concord is singing in a landmark concert Austrian composer Hanns Eisler’s songs in English versions translated by the world-renowned playwright, poet, translator, drama critic, editor, and cabaret singer, Eric Bentley.

Bentley who is 90 is the original English translator of Bertolt Brecht’s plays and poems.  He introduced the poet and playwright’s work to American stages in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  He has been working with Levitt on the program for more than a year.  Bentley has adapted the song texts (which are not lyrics by lyricists but poems by master poets) from their original German into English, unlocking Eisler’s starkly beautiful songs for American audiences.

Levitt will declaim the poems aloud prior to singing them, using Bentley’s English versions mainly from two collections: “The Brecht-Eisler Song Book” and “Eisler and the Poets.”

This is the premiere concert that will be followed by a reception.

Goethe Institute Saturday, November 3 – 8.00 p.m.
170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Tickets are $12.50 for students, $25 for general admission and $50 for patron. Purchase tickets online through EventBrite or at the door.

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CINEMA  – FILM
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Monday, October 29, 2012 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 


Friday, November 2, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Philippe Grandieux and Kidlat Tahimik in Person 
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts: High Ground and Best of the Boston LGBT Film Festival Program
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film

Monday, October 29, 2012 to to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Kendall Square Cinema

http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/boston/kendallsquarecinema.htm

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Coolidge Corner Theatre
http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Goethe Institute at Coolidge Corner Theatre: Home for the Weekend: Was bleibt

http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Fenway Regal Theatre
http://www.movies?hl=en&near=fenway

Friday, November 2, 2012
Goethe Institute: Fairy Tale Film Screening: The Wishing Table
German International School
http://www.info@boston.goethe.org

Sunday, November 4, 2012
MIT Films
http://www.lsc.mit.edu/

No films this week
Institute of Contemporary Art
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/films

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MUSIC  – CONCERTS
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Thursday, October 25, 2012 to Saturday, October 27, 2012
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Saariaho, Britten and Dvořák
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic
http://www.bso.org/

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts: DJ Rich diMare and celebrates glamour, fashion and photography Mario Testino: In Your Face, chat about it with your friends over a cocktail, and strike a pose in the free photo booth!
http://www.mfa.org/programs/specials-event/mfa-first-fridays

Thursday, November 1, 2012
French Cultural Center:  Professor Yves Henry Concert of Chopin and Debussy
http://www.frenchculturalcenter.org

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Berklee College of Music: Various Events
http://www.berklee.edu/events

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Berklee Performing Art Center: Aimee Mann
http://www.berklee.edu/events

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012

Longy School of Music of Bard College

http://www.longy.edu/concerts/concerts_calendar.htm

Friday, November 2. 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performances 

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
New England Conservatory: Dimitri Murrath
http://necmusic.edu/jordan-hall

No events this week
Boston Philharmonic 
http://bostonphil.org

Friday, November 2, 2012
Boston Early Music Festival: Hespèrion XXI Jordi Savall, director & treble viol
http://necmusic.edu/boston-early-music-festival-1

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Celebrity Series of Boston: Midori violin and Ozgür Aydin, piano

No events this week
Music/CRASHarts
http://www.CRASHarts.org/

Monday, October 29, 2012
Boston Landmark Orchestra: Radius Ensemble
http://www.landmarkorchestra.org/

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DANCE
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Thursday, November1, 2012
 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Boston Ballet: Awake Only: Choreography: Jorma Elo
Rooster: Music: The Rolling Stones, Choreography: Christopher Bruce
The Second Detail: Music: Thom Willems, Choreography: William Forsythe
http://www.bostonballet.org

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Coolidge Corner: Swan Lake Ballet at the Movies
http://www.coolidge.org

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Flamenco Boston: Flamenco and Tapas
Bar Lola
http://www.barlola.com/

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OPERA
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Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Boston Lyric Opera: Madama Butterfly
http://www.blo.org

Resumes in December
Boston Baroque
http://www.bostonbaroque.org

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Goethe Institute: Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book Sung by Karyn Levitt
http://www.bostonbaroque.org

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THEATRE – PLAYS
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: unMET: Opera for the 21st Century
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/unmet-opera-21s-century

Thursday, November 1, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: Flores Los Muertos
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/flores-los-muertos

Friday, November 2, 2012 and Sunday, November 4, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: Opera Goes to Jail
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/opera-goes-to-jail

Saturday, November 3, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: The Donkey Show
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/donkey-show

Sunday, November 4, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: Boom Boom’s Bow
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/donkey-show

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Coolidge Corner Theatre: Timon of Athens
http://www.coolidge.org

Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Lyric Stage Company of Boston: The Chosen
http://www.lyricstage.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Huntington Theatre Company
: Now or Later
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Charles Mosesian Theatre: Race
http://www.newreo.org

Thursday, November 1, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Charles Playhouse: Blue Man Group
http://www.boston-theatre.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
http://www.bcaonline.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/details/443-bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson.html

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
http://www.bcaonline.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/details/474-bengal-tiger-at-the-baghdad-zoo.html

Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Maeterlinck’s The Death of Tintagiles
http://www.bcaonline.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/details/475-maeterlincks-the-death-of-tintagiles.html

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Agganis Arena: Cirque du Soleil – Saltimbanco
http://www.boston-theatre.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012
Citi Performing Arts Center – Wang Center: Chicago the Musical
http://www.boston-theatre.com

No shows this week
Fort Point Theatre Channel
http://www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/productions

No shows this week
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston
https://www.reagleplayers.com/current.html

 Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts
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