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POST, GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 201i Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN MUSIC ARTS The illustrious American conductor Lorin Maazel brings a program anchored by Alexander Scriabin's lushly exotic Poem of Ecstasy, which features kaleidoscopic orchestral effects including a major role for the Symphony Hall organ. Equally exotic but on a smaller scale is a 1917 Stravinsky work, The Song of the Nightingale. This symphonic poem of music from his opera The Nightingale is based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale with a Chinese theme. Tchaikovsky's light, familiar Suite No. 3 for orchestra begins these concerts. Check out Music Section for more details. Special Events THEATER THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Claredon St., Boston, MA MY NAME IS ASHER LEV - February Ii -March 12, 2011. My Name is Asher Lev follows the jour- ney of a controversial young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic up- bringing and his desire to paint. His artistic gift threatens to estrange him from his sheltered religious commu- nity in postwar Brooklyn and the par- ents he loves. While his mother is torn between her son and her hus- band, Asher must choose between his art and his faith. For more infor- mation visit or call 617-585-5678. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG THEATER 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA SHEN YUN - Friday, February 11, 2011 - 7:30pm, Saturday, Febru- ary 12, 2011 - 2:00pro, Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 7:30pm, Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 2:00pro. This is an authentic, high end Chinese clas- sic show. Rediscover the beauty of Chinese traditional culture with SHEN YUN Performing Arts" Chinese Spectacular. A culture 5,000 years in the making comes to life on stage through nearly 20 classical Chinese dances, songs, and drama based on ancient legends, heroic stories and courageous tales. A collabora- tion of more than 80 classically trained dancers, choreographers, musicians, and vocalists. New York- based SHEN YUN Performing Arts presents the best of China's culture like you've never experienced be- fore. This show is a feast for your body and soul. For information call 1-800-954-4606 or log onto www. shenyunperformingar t s. o rg. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE - January 2011. Journey through the universe on Spaceship Earth with the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century as your guide. Futurist, environmental- ist, and geodesic dome designer Bucky Fuller takes us on an adven- ture through his life and times -- from his childhood in Massachusetts, to his meeting with Albert Einstein, to his breakthrough moments of in- vention. A visionary who anticipated many of the challenges the world faces today. Fuller shows us how to save humanity apd the planet by do- ing more with less. Written and di- rected by D.W. Jacobs from the life. work and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller. /~JAX - February 2011. As the great warrior.Ajax recovers from a bout of madness, he struggles to live with the consequences of his crazed vio- lence and with the trauma of war. A poignant examination of how combat affects the mind of a soldier, SoPhocles" tragedy speaks directly to our times. A world premiere translation of this classic work, under the direction of Obie Award-winning director and Artistic Director of Soho Rep, Sarah Benson. By Sophocles, in a new trans- lation by Charles Connaghan, directed by Sarah Benson. PROMETHEUS BOUND - March 201 i. An outcry against tyranny, the bold new musical Prometheus Bound illustrates one man's struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator. Written by Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning lyricist and playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by System of a Down lead singer and Grammy Award-wln- ning composer Serj Tankian. This bold new musical is inspired by Aeschylus's ancient Greek tragedy about the suf- fering of Western civilization's first pris- oner of conscience. A.R.T. Artistic Di- rector Diane Paulus stages this world premiere production in OBERON, im- mersing the audience in an environ- ment that has the Dionysian energy and rebelliousness of a rock concert. Text and lyrics by Steven Sater (from the play by Aeschylus), music com- posed by Serj Tankian, directed by Diane Paulus. DEATH AND THE POWERS - March 2011. When the eccentric pa- triarch Simon Powers downloads himself into The System, his entire house comes to life around his family and friends. A groundbreaking new production developed by the MIT Media Lab in partnership with the A.R.T., Death and the Powers explores what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones: using specially designed technology and an expres- sively animated stage, including a cho- rus of robots and a musical chande- lier. Machover, called "America's most wired composer" by the L.A. Times, dis- tinctively blends technological and artistic finesse to create a score that is passionately inventive, yet filled with arching melodic lines. Death and the Powers, which receives its world premiere in Monaco in the fall of 2010, is supported by Futurum Association (Monaco), and will be presented in collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater, in association with Opera Boston. Composed by Tod Machover, libretto by poet-laureate Robert Pinsky from a story by Robert Pinsky and Randy Weiner, directed by Diane Paulus. For farther information please call 617-547-8300. vision? What sparks the listener's imagination? In David Kechley's Wake- ful Visions/Moonless Dreams (2009), Kechley found inspiration in four pieces of literature: the Bible, Japa- nese haiku, Shakespeare and Proust. Ralph Vaughan Williams was in- trigued by the sights and sounds of his beloved city, from its Hansom cabs to the chimes of Westminster Cathe- dral, and depicts these in his London Symphony. For further information please visit or call 617-667-1527. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHES- TRA - STRAVINSKY The Song of the BOSTON EARLY MUSIC F~TIVAL Nightingale and SCRIABIN The Poem 161 First Street, Suite 202, of Ecstasy featuring Lorin Maazel, con- . Cambridge, MA i IL GIARDINO ARMONICO - Sat- ductor, Thursday, January 20, 8 p.m. Friday, January 21, 1:30 p.m., Satur- urday, February 19, 2011 at 8pm. day, January 22, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Founded in Milan in 1985, the legendary ensemble II Giardino January 25, 8 p.m.; Lorin Maazel, con- Armonico celebrates its 25th anni- ductor, TCHAIKOVSKY Suite No. 3, Tickets available by calling 888-266- versary season by making its d6but 1200 or at, or by visiting with the Boston Early Music Festival. the Symphony Hall box office. The Acclaimed around the globe for their Pre-Concert Talk will be given by performances and recordings, 'these Harlow Robinson, Northeastern eight extraordinary musicians will University, from 6:45pm - 7:15pm at bring their talents to an evening of sonatas and concerti by Venetian Symphony Hail Free to performance Baroque masters. For tickets call ticket holders. 617-661-1812 or visit JORDAN HALL' SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. MA UNIVERSITY BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA PLAYERS, JONATHAN BASS, PIANO BOSTON LANDMARKS OR- January 23, 201 1 3:00 PM CHESTRA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL Jacqueline Knapp, Narrator, Michael WINTER CONCERT - January 28, Aronov, Soldier, Leland Gantt, Devil, 2011 at 8 p.m. The Boston Landmarks LIEBERMANN, Sonata for flute and Orchestra presents its annual wirlter piano, Op. 23, MOZART, Quintet in concert with guest conductor Ronald E-fiat for piano and winds, K.452, STRAVINSKY, L'Historie du soldatFeldman featuring "From the Top" star soloist, thirteen year-old pianist Kadar (complete with narration). Tickets Qian. The program consists of available b v calling 888-266-1200 or Rossini's Overture from The Barber at, of Seville, Chopin's Piano Concert No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, Mozart's Sym- phony No. 36 in C major, K.425 "Linz." Free and open to the general public. Tickets will only be available the day of the concert, first come first serve, beginning at 5 p.m. at Sanders Theatre. THE WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA LYLE LOVETT and JOHN HIATT - Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:00pm. John Hiatt with fellow singer- songwriter extrodinare Lyle Lovett. The legendary troubadors will play acoustic, on stage together, display- ing their uncompromising versitility alternating songs. "Lovett's grace and controlled demanor contrasted beau- tifully with Hiatt's darker hues and louder tone." The Patriot-News said of the two performing on the same bill "... it was simply two masters at work sharing the spot- light and showing all the craft and skill that have made them stars." To purchase tickets log on to or call Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000. HERB ALPERT AND LANI HALL - Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:30PM. For more than fifty years, Herb Alpert has come to mean many things to many people. To generations of music fans, Alpert is the dark-haired, trumpet-playing songmaker whose name instantly brings to mind memorable songs like "The Lonely Bull," "A Taste of Honey," and "Rise." These are but a few of the" tunes Alpert recorded either as leader of the legendary Tijuana Brass. You may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or log onto HOUSE OF BLUES 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIA- MENT/FUNKADELIC - February 18, 20i 1. The funkmaster himself is back in action. George Clinton continues to entertain with his soul and funk style with hits like "Flashlight," "One Nation Under a Groove" and "Atomic Dog." Don't miss out on this fantastic performance. For tickets-log onto KING'S CHAPEL Corner of Tremont and School Streets, Downtown Boston KING'S CHAPEL CHOIR & SOLOISTS: "OUR HISTORY, OUR FUTURE" - January 23 in Boston at 5PM. A cappeUa choral music from the 17th to the 21st century, based on texts related to King's Chapel's history works by William Billings, Heinrich Christense, David Carney, James Woodman and Carson Cooman. For more information call 617-227- 2155 or visit LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S SEASON New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA IMAGERY & INSPIRATION: KECHLEY & VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - March 19, 2011 at 8:00pm. Join Mae- stro Jonathan McPhee and Longwood Symphony Orchestra for this Boston premiere by David Kechley and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2 in an evening of Imagery and Inspira- tion. What inspires the composer's MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Science Park, Boston, MA FRIDAY EVENING STARGAZING AT THE GILLILAND OBSERVA- TORY -- Every Friday from 8:30 - 10:00 PM - FREE - Enjoy the Museum's rooftop observatory equipped with a computer-controlled 12-inch Meade LX200 telescope - you'll be amazed and astounded by it all Call 617-723- 2500 for more information, or visit: WEATHER-WISE - This new per- manent 2,600 square foot interactive exhibit takes you through the scales of weather. It features the CBS4 Weather Team as video guides, help- ing people to understand the science and technology behind weather pre- dictions. Some of the features are: Storm Watch Living Room, where visi- tors experience simulated severe weather conditions as if they were looking out a window of their home; Fog Tornado,- where a simulated 3-D tornado shows how a real toruado can form; Walk-through Weather Front, ITALIAN RADIO "The Sicilian Corner" ll:00AM to I:00PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11AM-1PM Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3PM on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8AM 9AM every Sunday on WSRO 650 AM in Framingham and online at www.wsro.c0m. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL www. dongiovannishow, com. SANDERS THEATER, HARVARD UNIVERSITY Cambridge, MA VERDI'S MACBETH - January 16, 201 I, at 3:00 p.m. Please join the Con- sul General of Italy, Boston for this fantastic performance featuring the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to this exciting collaboration, where visitors can walk down a corri- dor in front of a canopy of clouds and experience temperature changes, wind gusts and rain sounds; and much more. The Museum of Science has more than 600 permanent hands-on exhibits,, frequent traveling exhibi- tions and a staff of science interpret- ers. For more information about other aspects of the MOS, please visit or call 617-723-2500 or (TRY) 617-589-0417. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA GOLDEN: DUTCH AND FLEMISH MASTERWORKS FROM THE ROSE-MARIE AND EIJK VAN OTTERLO0 COLLECTION - Febru- ary 26, 2011 to June 19, 2011. Nearly seventy paintings from the interna- tionally acclaimed collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo illumi- nate one of the greatest artistic and cultural chapters in history. The Van Otterloo collection is virtually unri- valed for its masterworks by the lead- ing Dutch and Flemish artists of the 1600s: Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Brueghel the El- der, Aelbert Cuyp and many others. At PEM, over 20 examples of 17th-cen- tury Dutch and Flemish furniture and decorative arts,, also from the Van Otterloo collection, are shown in the company of these glorious portraits, still lifes, landscapes and interiors. Exhibition made possible in part by a generous grant from the Richard C. yon-Hess Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, tl'/e Circle of Friends in honor of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, and the Netherland- America Foundation in honor of Frederik J. Duparc. FREEPORT [NO. DO21: MARIANNE MUELLER - March 26, 2011 to December 31, 2011. Located in the: Photography, Hilborn Gallery. Swiss artist Marianne Mueller delves into PEM's collection to create an installation that combines museum objects and the artist's personal archive of photographs. Unexpected juxtapositions of time, place and influence arise in this, the artist's first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum. FREEPORT [NO. 003]: SUSAN PHILII~Z - May I, 2011 to Septem- ber 1, 2011. Located in the East India Marine Hail. Susan Philipsz creates sound installations that explore ways in which the emotive and psychological properties of song alter a listener's perception of place and time. Hearing her dis- embodied voice in settings where you least expect to have such an intimate experience sets up a ten- sion between the listener's pri- vate memories and the communal associations of song. At PEM, Philipsz creates a site-specific sound per- formance exploring collective memory and environment. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Philipsz is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize - an annual award bestowed to the best contemporary British artist under age 50. For more information about these exhibits please log onto the Boston Youth Symphony Orches- tras (BYSO) has set aside 100 priority seating tickets for the Italian Com- munity. Tickets can be purchased through the BYSO Box Office. For any additional questions please contact BYSO Ticket Hotline before Decem- ber 16th at 617-353-5353. APPIAN CLUB OF STONEHAM 10 Magnolia Terrace Stoneham, MA ADULT ITALIAN CLASSES ITALIAN CLASSES - January begin date for adults will he offered by the Appian Club of Stoneham. This beginners course will teach the basics of the Italian language. Instruc- tor is Tiffany Bistocchi, a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA (2003) with a major in Italian and a Master's in Italian from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont (2006). She has lived in Italy for three years and has traveled the country extensively. Classes will be con-ducted on Tuesday evenings and run for eight weeks, beginning on January I Ith from 6 - 7:30 pm. Class size is small and informal and the experience will be enjoyable. Please join us. For registration and further details, please contact coordinator John Nocella at 781-438- 5687, or you may email John at l