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Boston Civic Symphony Last Performance of Season - 4/29

4/20/2012 03:31:00 AM 0 Responses
I was at the symphony a few weeks ago and realized that I haven't been to a good piano concert lately.  What I'd really like to hear is some Chopin or maybe some Rachmaninoff,  but seeing as how this is the last concert of the season, I may swing by. 

Sunday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. at Regis College in Weston, the Boston Civic Symphony, Max Hobartm conductor, will close out its 87th season with a program of music by Debussy, Liszt, and Sibelius. The Regis College Glee Club and Alumnae Chorus will be the guest artists for Debussy’s Nocturnes. Written in 1910, the piece examines three distinct facets of the night, Nuages (Clouds), Fêtes (Festivals) and Sirenes (Sirenes). Robert Finley, President and Founder of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association will be the soloist in Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat by Liszt. The final piece on the program will be Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.

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Yes.Oui.Si - Starts 4/12

4/03/2012 09:58:00 PM 0 Responses

Peter Simon Photography
Ronni Simon Sculptures
At Yes.Oui.Si Boston April 12-April 26

Peter Simon: acclaimed photojournalist. From Bob Dylan to James Taylor and the protests of the 1960s to the 2011 Occupy Movement, nationally acclaimed photographer Peter Simon has been there, capturing these moments for posterity. Ronni Simon: jewelry designer and sculptor. The semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls that Ronni uses in her jewelry are her palette. Together the eclectic bodies of Peter and Ronni Simon’s work will be on display at Yes.Oui.Si. Boston from April 12- April 26.

Over the past 50 years, Peter Simon has documented everything from the spirit of the free love and the protest-filled 1960's to greatest names in rock 'n' roll, reggae and pop music. He’s had a front row seat for performances from some of the greatest influencers in Rock and Roll, all of which he’s captured on film. On display as part of the show will be photos of Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, James Taylor and many others.

Ronni Simon has had great success as a jewelry designer, selling thousands of her hand-made pieces to buyers from around the world. Her signature cuffs have been worn by Blake Lively on the hit TV show, Gossip Girl. Ronni has been profiled in Women’s Wear Daily and her bracelets and necklaces were worn by several of the models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

The exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 6:00-9:00PM. Yes.Si.Oui is located at 19 Vancouver Street in Boston. The Gallery will be open Thursdays – Saturdays from 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

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Trailer: Buster Keaton Shorts - 3/30

3/25/2012 08:30:00 PM 0 Responses
If you're reading via RSS or Email and can't see the trailer below, I suggest open up the Bloggery in your web browser. 

Americana Trio plays a Trio of Buster Keaton Shorts
 







Stumbling through shooting galleries, trains, secret societies, and falling houses Buster
Keaton delivers outrageous stunts and antics in 3 classic shorts:

"The High Sign"(1921) "The Goat"(1921) "One Week" (1920)

This March, enjoy these films along with fresh new film scores, performed live. Brendan
Cooney’s original scores give these films a classic 1920’s urban-Americana soundscape,
combining many strands of American roots music. Ragtime and old-time meet the blues,
bluegrass and hot jazz, played live by a talented trio of musicians:

Kyle Tuttle- Banjo; Andy Bergman- Clarinet; Brendan Cooney-Piano

Friday, March 30th
8pm (7:30 doors) $10
THE ARMORY
191 HIGHLAND AVE
SOMERVILE, MA

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Boston Museum Bids on Greenway Site

3/25/2012 08:30:00 PM 0 Responses
The Boston Museum submitted a proposal a few days ago to build a new museum at the corner of Blackstone and North Streets, adjacent to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and along the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston  I'm a big fan of museums, therefore, this is definitely something I'm in favor of. 

The Museum proposal, submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, owner of the Big Dig “Parcel 9” site, also contains detailed plans for a ground floor public market which will provide modern, indoor space for many of the historic Haymarket pushcarts on their traditional market days.

The Museum will celebrate the uniqueness of Boston and its environs through five interactive galleries on innovation, sports, politics, people, and growth. Visitors will travel via glass elevators up to the fifth-level Boston Gallery, where they will watch an introductory video, enjoy the panoramic view, and gather information for exploration of the city. As visitors descend to the lower floors, they can spend time in one or all of the Museum’s galleries before continuing on their visit to the Freedom Trail and other attractions. In addition to the five permanent galleries, a travelling exhibit gallery will provide an ever-changing array of informative and educational exhibits.


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Free: Boston Ballet - 3/23

3/14/2012 09:56:00 PM 0 Responses

 
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HK Movie: Life Without Principle - Starts 3/16

3/12/2012 09:02:00 PM 0 Responses
I have a soft spot in my heart for Hong Kong movies.  I grew up watching them.  And I've only ever seen one on the big screen, on one of my trips back to HK many years ago.  So, I'm pretty excited about this one.  

This weekend ArtsEmerson gives the Boston release to Hong Kong maestro Johnnie To's 2011 film Life Without Principle.

Friday March 16 - Sunday March 18
Life Without Principle
Directed by Johnnie To with Denise Ho, Lau Ching Wan, Richie Ren
2011 Hong Kong, 35mm, 107 minutes
In Cantonese with English subtitles

Johnnie To’s latest depicts Hong Kong society in the wake of the global financial meltdown. A bank teller, a gangster and a police inspector—all in dire need of money—are connected through a crime involving several million dollars.

“No one has as complex, and as clear and uncluttered, an urban vision as To, and this film is no exception: inner-city chrome and commercialized carp have rarely looked so sleek… Clearly contemptuous of capitalism’s emotionless and ever-gnashing maw, Life Without Principle… is riveting entertainment, particularly as much of it turns on the exchange of banal banking palaver about “financial instruments” and “risk assessment,” with only the occasional To tornado of skullcracking mayhem slivered throughout the movie’s shifting-mosaic time structure.” – Chuck Stephens, Film Comment

All ArtsEmerson film screenings take place in the Paramount Center's Bright Family Screening Room.
559 Washington Street, Bosto.


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Sting! XII @ The Beehive - 2/27

2/22/2012 09:04:00 PM 0 Responses
On Monday, February 27th, 2012, from 6:00PM - 8:30PM, The Beehive's co-owner and resident curator Jennifer Epstein will host the 12th installment in The Beehive's continuing art series entitled, Sting! XII: Boston Contemporary. This installment welcomes 13 artists selected by the Boston Contemporary Group (BCG) whose members include Camilo Alvarez of Samsøn, Anthony Greaney of the Anthony Greaney Gallery, Russell LaMontagne of LaMontagne Gallery and Steven Zevitas of the Steven Zevitas Gallery. BCG was formed to support an environment in Boston for critically relevant contemporary art. BCG will use this exhibit at The Beehive to bring awareness to their group as well as to launch their new website hosted by Gallerist, the event’s sponsor, a New York based company revolutionizing the way people interact with art.

Sting! XII: FEATURING THE WORK OF:

Erik Benjamins
Greg Hayes
Wayne Stokes
John C. Gonzales
Maria Molteni
Zsuzsanna Szegedi
Mike Szegedi
Holly Coulis
Kim Faler
Boru O’Brien O’Connell
Jeff Perrott
Daniela Rivera
Michael Krueger
Ben Sloat
Jered Sprecher

Performances by:

Funk, soul queen Sarah Brindell will bring her sultry and melodious blend of Soul, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Reggae, Pop and R&B that captivates audiences around the world. Also joining us artist Erik Benjamins who will present a textual intervention within The Beehive’s dinner and drink menus for this evening only. Erik is a graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts who explores the choreography of the performing, culinary and visual arts, teasing the relationship between the home and away place.

Join us for an evening at The Beehive with great food, cool art, and a special live musical performance by the Sarah Brindell beginning at 6:00PM.

WHERE: The Beehive, 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116 | P. 617.423.0069
WHEN: Monday, February 27th, 2012, 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Photo Credit:

Ben Sloat, still from MJ Walking (video animation)
courtesy of Steven Zevitas Gallery

 

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Lyric Stage Company Presents Superior Donuts

1/09/2012 08:42:00 PM 0 Responses
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
presents

Superior Donuts

by Tracy Letts
Directed by Spiro Veloudos


Featuring
Steven Barkhimer*, Steven James Demarco, Zachary Eisenstat, Beth Gotha*, De’Lon Grant*, Will LeBow*, Karen MacDonald*, Omar Robinson, Christopher James Webb*

Starts performances January 6, 2012

DESCRIPTION:

In a shabby Chicago neighborhood, a downtrodden donut shop owner (Will LeBow) hires a street-savvy aspiring young writer (Omar Robinson) with hustle and bright ideas. Full of laughs and compelling characters, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of August: Osage County mixes the challenge of embracing the past with the redemptive power of friendship in this satisfying comedy-drama.

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Review: Three Pianos

12/20/2011 07:45:00 PM 1 Response
Bloggery media rep DanDan swung by the Loeb Drama Center to check out Three Pianos.  Here's what he had to say.

Before talking about Three Pianos, I should give the caveat that I am, by no means, a person who knows anything about classical music. With this in mind, I made sure to grab a music major friend of mine when I heard that Three Pianos was a play about three friends who find a copy of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (I don't even know what song cycle *is*!) and decide to play it while re-enacting an imagined scene of Schubert hanging out with his friends at a house party. So I definitely wasn't planning on necessarily getting everything in the play but, given the strong work of pretty much everything A.R.T. does, I knew I would still have an enjoyable time.

Three Pianos was a riot!! First off, upon entering the play, audience members are given a glass of wine (after all, it is a house party!). As soon as the play starts, and it starts fast and doesn't look back, the actors seamlessly transition between the present day and the imagined 19th century party. As someone who had no previous knowledge of the music itself, let alone the personal history of classical composers in general, the context behind each piece was brought up in such a fun way and interesting way that I now have a new found interest in music theory... I've actually started downloading lectures online! As for my more musically inclined friend, she thought it was great as well! In fact, because she knew more coming in, she picked up on a lot of details I missed.

Oh, and did I mention that the wine keeps flowing during the play?

Three Pianos is really smart and very, very entertaining.


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41st Annual Christmas Revels - 12/16

12/13/2011 09:25:00 PM 0 Responses
I've been put in charge of organizing the company ugly Christmas sweater contest this year.  Anyone have suggestions on where I should look for sweaters besides ebay?  Speaking of Christmas, here comes the The Christmas Revels. 

The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

December 16–29, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The 41st annual Christmas Revels finds pilgrims, from all over Europe, streaming towards a small French fishing village by the sea. It's the 16th century and, led by their local Guild of Fools, villagers are preparing for a great annual feast and holiday pageant which will mark the end of the old year and the birth of the new.

Soon the stars will come out, the moon will rise and the music and singing will start. Mysterious visitors will arrive from the East. With the sun, moon and stars in delicate balance and our village Fools in charge of a smooth transition to the New Year, what could possibly go wrong?

Filled with music and dance from England, France, Spain and the Middle East, plus comedy, rituals and carols and familiar Revels touchstones like The Shortest Day, the Sussex Mummers Carol, Dona Nobis Pacem and the joyous and participatory, Lord of the Dance, this year's production will be a truly celestial celebration!

The 80-member cast includes our trio of actors from last year's production, Happenstance Theater's Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell and local favorite Tim Sawyer, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, musician and song leader David Coffin, the Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and guest artists, the Sharq Trio from the renowned Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

Performances begin with a specially priced Preview on Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm (most tickets just $30). Performances run through December 29th.

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The Velveteen Rabbit - Now Playing

12/04/2011 10:27:00 PM 0 Responses
I loved the Velveteen Rabbit as a kid.  Would it be creepy if I went to go see it now?  Maybe I should bring a girl with me.  Or borrow someone's kid ... errr ... offer to babysit for a day. 


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VIP Opening Night of "High" - 12/7

11/29/2011 08:52:00 PM 0 Responses
OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF “HIGH” STARRING KATHLEEN TURNER
TO BENEFIT FENWAY HEALTH ON DECEMBER 7th

V.I.P. RECEPTION AT THE W HOTEL
WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW

The National Tour of HIGH starring Kathleen Turner in association with Fenway Health are offering a limited number of $100.00 VIP tickets to the Opening Night Performance at The Cutler Majestic Theatre. Admission includes Premium Seating to the December 7th performance and admittance to the Gala Reception at the W Hotel with a special meet and greet with Ms. Turner, playwright Matthew Lombardo, director Rob Ruggiero and cast members Evan Jonigkeit and Tim Altmeyer. 50% of each ticket purchase will be donated to the local health leader.

“I am so pleased to be able to give back to such a wonderful organization” Lombardo said in a statement. “Fenway Health was an extremely supportive institution in my early recovery from crystal meth and it gives me enormous pleasure to be able to help them raise money so they can continue the great work of assisting those struggling with substance abuse issues.” Lombardo is committed to continuing this type of local fundraising in each city where the tour of his play will be performed.

In HIGH, Turner plays Sister Jamison Connelly, who agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.

VIP tickets to the December 7th Performance are $100. Use the HIGHFWY code to purchase benefit tickets or call 617.824.8000 or stop by the Cutler Majestic Box Office, 219 Tremont Street, Boston.


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Not A Box New Play Festival - Starts 12/1

11/28/2011 08:29:00 PM 0 Responses
Who needs some culture?  I'm thinking about going to a classical concert or a play of some sort soon.  Coming up this week i the Not a Box New Play Festival from the folks at GAN-e-meed.

WHAT: Not A Box New Play Festival
WHEN: December 1, 2, and 3 at 8pm. December 4 at 2pm.
WHERE: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre — 949 Commonwealth Ave,
Boston, MA

December 1st through 4th at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project will present Not A Box New Play Festival, a variety of thought-provoking new work by artists from Boston and beyond. Originally conceived as a vehicle for The 1-Page Play Experiment, the Festival has grown into a weekend of innovative theatre that seeks to actively engage the audience with the creation and performance of new work.

Fans of last seasons’ 1-Page Play Experiment will be happy to see its second iteration this December.
GAN-e-meed will be producing the five winners of last years’ experiment: Mortal City, by Allie
Herryman, adapted from the song Mortal City by Dar Williams; Pulse, by Stacey Lane; Untitled, by
Danny Bryck; tired, by Alyssa Osiecki and Dave Ring; and The Internet Means Never Having to Say
Goodbye, by N. Harrison Ripps. These five plays, selected by audiences as the best of 15 finalists last
December, were the result of a unique challenge. Artists were asked to submit a piece that would function
as visual, textual, and performance art while staying within the confines of a single page. The directors
of last year’s staged readings (Dawn Simmons, Jen Allison Lewis, and Melanie Garber) are returning to
bring these five plays to life for their world premieres.


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Yo Yo Ma & The BSO - Starts 10/13

10/05/2011 11:16:00 PM 0 Responses
I've been waiting to see Yo Yo Ma in concert for I don't know how many years.  I played the cello in high school.  I was actually pretty good too.  Then I went to college and lived in a frat house and was afraid to have anything value in my room lest it get covered in beer.  Looks like my chance is coming up in about a week. 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra welcomes legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to the BSO stage for an open rehearsal and concert series running October 13-18. We’d love for you to let your readers know about these concerts. Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena will lead the orchestra and Mr. Ma in a performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in the concerts' first half, and a rare performance Bartók’s The Wooden Prince after intermission. Infused with fairy-tale elements as well as Bartók’s intense love of nature, The Wooden Prince tells the story of a prince who attempts to woo a princess from a neighboring kingdom through the use of a magic puppet.

Thursday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. (Open Rehearsal)
Thursday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 8 p.m.

Juanjo Mena, conductor*
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BARTÓK The Wooden Prince

I'm not sure if there's more than one Dvorak Cello concerto. But if he's playing the one I'm thinking of, that piece is amazing.

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Armenian Street Fair & Festival - Starts 9/9

8/30/2011 10:03:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm going to be out of town this weekend for my buddy tbrant's bachelor party, but if I was around, I would be the stocky asian guy stuffing his face with kebabs at the Armenian Street Fair & Festival. 

You're Irish on St. Patrick's Day; Italian during the many feasts and processions in the North End...now it's time to be Armenian! Celebrate and experience Armenian culture and cuisine at the second annual Kermesse: Armenian Street Fair & Festival. The weekend-long event, presented by the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Watertown, Massachusetts, will take place on Friday, September 9th,2011 to Sunday, September 11th, 2011. The event will showcase all aspects of Armenian culture such as art exhibits from local artists exhibits and interactive activities highlighting Armenian history and culture, traditional Armenian food and gourmet tastings from local vendors including Eastern Lamejun, Arax Market, Massis Bakery, Fastachi and more!

This year, the event is expected to attract over 6,000 visitors and will feature live music by internationally renowned Armenian musicians such as Tata Simonyan, The Element Band, Aravod Ensemble featuring Mal Barsamian, Arev Armenian Folks Ensemble, Ashot Logian and The Hayasa Band, Karen Kocharyan Band, Yerevan Band, Classic Groove and other performers. Perfect for kids of all ages, the festival will include special children's activities including a giant slide, soccer kick,Gladiator Joust and Bounce House and other exciting activities. The event, themed around the provinces of historic Armenia will showcase the historical, cultural and artistic treasures of Armenia and the Armenian-American community. Entertainment for children of all ages will beoffered along with ample culinary offerings reflecting the presence of Armenian life in many corners of the world! The event is free admissions and tickets are required for entertainment performances only!


Armenian Cultural and Educational Center,
47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472


Friday, September 9th from 7:00PM to 12:00AM
Saturday, September 10th from 12:00PM to 12:00AM
Sunday, September 11th from 12:00PM to 7:00PM

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Big River @ The Lyric Stage Co - Starts 9/2

8/28/2011 10:57:00 PM 0 Responses
I hope everyone weathered the storm ok, it didn't end up as bad as people were leading me to believe.  If anyone is interested, i have about 500 bottles of water sitting in my apartment now. 


DESCRIPTION:

Join Huck and Jim on the Mississippi River in the 1840s, where Huck, escaping from his drunken father, meets up with Jim, a runaway slave.

The story of their journey downstream is an American classic that captures the idyllic pleasures and unacknowledged injustices of life on the big river.

Roger Miller, best known for his country-pop hits ("King of the Road"), deftly fuses his charming, blue-grass tinged sensibility with Twain's timeless story.


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Summer Play Festival - NOW!

8/01/2011 08:44:00 PM 0 Responses
Hope everyone had a good weekend.  Me and some friends had a makeshift picnic in the park today.  Sandwiches, a couple beers, a Frisbee.  It was a nice afternoon.

First off, thanks to Lisa S. for making a donation this weekend (here).  I really appreciate it!.  


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13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival - Starts 7/28

7/25/2011 09:17:00 PM 0 Responses
First off, my sincerest thanks to the following folks for donating to support my run for Parkinson's & Dystonia research (here).  I'll be bugging the rest of you again on a monthly basis until I reach my goal. 

Elle S.
Brian F.
Jerel N.

You guys are wonderful and I really appreciate your support.  

Moving onwards, I wanted to mention that the 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival starts this week.

The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival begins Thursday, July 28th and runs through Sunday, July 31st, 2011.

The Roxbury International Film Festival takes place over four days, with workshops, panel discussions and film screenings taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


Ok, and since i'm in 'marathon mode' right now.  My pick for the festival is definitely going to be "The Athlete" which plays on Thursday.

Marathoner Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win an Olympic gold, ran his gold medal marathon barefoot. But Bikila's story becomes truly remarkable following an accident that leaves hi unable to walk. The Athlete is a well-crafted character study couched in a compelling sport biopic.


I checked out the lineup, it looks like it's going to be a great festival.

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Hotel Cassiopeia - Opens 5/5

5/01/2011 11:36:00 PM 0 Responses
Hotel Cassiopeia By Charles Mee

Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays, May 6, 13, 20, Saturdays, May 7, 14 & 21 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, May 8, 15 at 7:30 pm.

Described in Boston Magazine as "a unique initiative in the performing arts in the city," Fort Point Theatre Channel is pleased to announce its production of Hotel Cassiopeia, by Charles Mee.

“This fantasy inspired by the life and work of the master of assemblage art, Joseph Cornell, will itself be an assemblage,” notes Sylvie Agudelo, concept director and production designer for Hotel Cassiopeia.


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Agrippina Costume Talk at the BPL - TODAY!

2/24/2011 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Anyone interested in checking out the costumes that are going to be used int the Boston Lyric Opera's upcoming production of Agrippina?  There's going to be a mini-performance by countertenors as well.  Event is today at the Boston Public Library.

In Agrippina, Handel’s insidious satire of the fall of the Roman Empire, the roles of Ottone, Nerone and Narciso are often cast as “trouser roles,” young male characters sung by women. But BLO’s upcoming production features the rare combination of three young countertenors in these roles – Anthony Roth Costanzo, David Trudgen and José Álvarez, all making their Company debuts.

Join audience favorite Liz Perlman of Somerville’s Costume Works for a discussion on trouser roles and the elegant costumes of Agrippina, the tale of the ultimate stage mother’s desperate plot to push her spoiled son Nerone onto the Roman throne. Perlman will preview the show’s glamorous creations by Tony Award-winning costumer designer Jess Goldstein and discuss their path from shop to stage. Dazzling pieces on dress forms will decorate the stage as Perlman leads a lively, fashion-friendly audience Q&A. Performances by Costanzo, Trudgen and Álvarez will bring the production to life!

Thursday, Feb 24, 7 to 8 p.m.
Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library,
700 Boylston Street, Boston



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