Boston Weekly Cultural & Artistic Picks 11/12/12 – 11/18/2012

Nélida Nassar  11.10.2012

 

PICK OF THE WEEK
Celebrity Series of Boston: Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin

PROGRAM
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76 no. 5
Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804, “Rosamunde”
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Opus 57

Friday, November 16, 2012, 8.00 p.m.
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

The Tabáck Quartet’s from Hungary won the Evian Competition First Prize in 1977 and the Franz Liszt Prize in 1983, two awards that propelled the group onto the international scene. Guests once again of Celebrity Series of Boston, they will perform with pianist Mark-André Hamelin on Friday at the New England Conservatory in a concert of Haydn, Schubert and Shostakovich. It is natural that we use the singular to refer to this group of musicians; for they seem to have practiced together since childhood. Despite specific gestures of the violin, viola, and cello, they get the same effects of resonance and vibrato, to the point that it is impossible to distinguish by ear how a melody is shared between the different instruments. Firmly anchored in the Hungarian tradition, tthe Quartet’s playing is very physical. Their tempi well express their intentions, as they pause with light restraint before resuming the score with deep modulations. The legato is exceptionally smooth, and each member is an admirable soloist.

Hamelin is a magician of the piano who is constantly reinventing himself, as well as a classical soloist of exquisite refinement and he is sure to demonstrate the many facets of his talent. Beyond his electrifying technical capacity, the Montreal-born pianist is arguably one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation: a virtuoso, certainly – in the best sense of the word – a true musical thinker, and a passionate explorer of musical repertory, whose appetite has enabled us to discover some gems hitherto reserved to unfailing connoisseurs. He also is an interpreter of rare intelligence who performs Haydn, Shubert, Shostakovitch or contemporary music with the same integrity. His playing is characterized by the claity of articulation, the musicality of each gesture, and subtle intonation.

In their hybrid program the Takács Quartet and Hamelin display the maximum range of both the lyrical strings and the purely expressive piano. Together they play the Shostakovich quintet, a sort of amalgam of a sonata for piano and orchestra, a concerto and a symphony. Oscillating between contemplative poetry, ecstatic outbursts, it conveys an inner conversation channeled through a formal modernity that leaves all subsequent composers far behind. The way Hamelin performs without haste the two finales both marked “allegretto,” clearly reveals the scope of his virtuosity. He goes even further: a composer himself, he plays his own cadenzas and slips in harmonic and rhythmic innovations that make the sequences for solo piano, more interesting than the passages for strings alone. Both the Quartet and Hamelin play the beautifully balanced, fine wrought Shostakovich’s piece with an ideal harmony. They are splendid interpreters with an impeccable synthesis of staccatos, nuances and rubatos.

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CINEMA  – FILM
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Monday, November 12, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Ute Aurand in Person
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Free Screening
Friday, November 16, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Ross McElwee’s Photographic Memory
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Harvard Film Archives: Ichiro Kataoka with Live Musical Accompaniment
http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts: The Boston Jewish Film Festival
http://www.mfa.org/programs/film

Monday, November 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Kendall Square Cinema
http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/boston/kendallsquarecinema.htm

Monday, November 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Coolidge Corner Theatre
http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, November 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Goethe Institute at Coolidge Corner Theatre
http://www.coolidge.org

Monday, November 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fenway Regal Theatre

http://www.movies?hl=en&near=fenway  

Sunday, November 18, 2012
MIT Films
http://www.lsc.mit.edu/

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Institute of Contemporary Art
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/films

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MUSIC  – CONCERTS
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Thursday, November 12, 2012 to Saturday, November 17, 2012
Boston Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius, Adès, and Prokofiev 
http://www.bso.org/

Friday, November 16, 2012 
Museum of Fine Arts: Musical Performance Gong Myoung
http://www.mfa.org/programs/special/events

Monday, November 12, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Berklee College of Music: Various Events
http://www.berklee.edu/

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Longy School of Music of Bard College: Opera Department A Night at the Opera
Julian Pellicano, conductor. Featuring scenes from the classic operas of Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, and more.
http://www.longy.edu/concerts/concerts_calendar.htm

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: Gallery Performance: Os Musicos
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performances

Monday, November 12, 2012 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
New England Conservatory: Various Events
Celebrity Series of Boston:
 Takács Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, piano
http://necmusic.edu/jordan-hall

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Boston Symphony Chamber Players at New England Conservatory: Adès, Carter
http://www.bso.org/

Thursday, November 15, 2012
 at Sanders Theatre
Saturday,
 November 17, 2012
 at Jordan Hall
Saturday, November 18, 2012 
at Sanders Theatre
Boston Philharmonic: Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, George Li, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

http://bostonphil.org

Friday, November 16, 2012
Celebrity Series of Boston: Takács Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, piano
http://celebrityseries.org  

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Boston Landmark Orchestra: Vento Chiaro, Children’s Concert
 at Coolidge Corner
http://www.landmarkorchestra.org/

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DANCE
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No Events this week
Boston Ballet
http://www.bostonballet.org

Friday, November 16, 2012
 to Saturday, November 17, 2012
World Music/CRASHarts: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Friday, November 16, 2012 
to Saturday, November 17, 2012
Institute of Contemporary Art: World Music/CRASHarts: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion 
http://www.icaboston.org/programs/performances 

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OPERA
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Longy School of Music of Bard College: Opera Department A Night at the Opera
Julian Pellicano, conductor. Featuring scenes from the classic operas of Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, and more.
http://www.longy.edu/concerts/concerts_calendar.htm

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Coolidge Corner Theatre: Le Nozze de Figaro from the Royal Opera
http://www.coolidge.org

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

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THEATERS –PLAYS
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: WordSong: I Like to Play With Him: 
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/wordsong/i-play-him

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: Literary Death Match 
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/literary-death-match

Saturday, November 17, 2012
American Repertory Theatre – OBERON: The Donkey Show
http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/donkey-show

Thursday, November 15, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012 
Boston Art Center, Calderwood Pavilion  
http://www.bostontheatrescene.com

No NT Live Events
 
Coolidge Corner Theatre 
http://www.coolidge.org

Friday, November 16, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Lyric Stage Company of Boston: The Chosen
http://www.lyricstage.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Huntington Theatre Company
: Betrayal
http://www.huntingtontheatre.org

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
to Sunday, November 18, 2012
Charles Mosesian Theatre: Race
http://www.newreo.org

Thursday, November 15, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012 
Charles Playhouse: Blue Man Group
http://www.boston-theatre.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
to Sunday, November 18, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 
http://www.bcaonline.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/details/443-bloody-bloody-andrew-jackson.html

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 
to Sunday, November 18, 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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
 to Sunday, November 18, 2012
BCA Plaza Theatre: Maerterlinck’s The Death of Tintagiles
http://www.bcaonline.org/calendar/calendar-of-events/details/the-death-of-tintagiles.html

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fort Point Theatre Channel
http://www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/productions

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

Originally Published in Berkshire Fine Arts

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