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..... , o • • . 0 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 21,2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Boston Symphony Orchestra will welcome Christoph von Dohnnyi, one of the world's pre-eminent conductors, to lead a program of LIGETI, MOZART, and DVOXAK. The program will feature German violinist Arabella Steinbacher in her BSO subscription debut, along with the orchestra's own Elizabeth Rowe on flute and John Ferrillo on oboe. Check out Music Section for details. THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY OF BOSTON 140 Claredon St.. Boston, MA MY NAME IS ASHER LEV - February 11 - 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 I i, 2011 - 7:30pm; Saturday, Febru- ary 12, 2011 - 2:00pm; Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 7:30pm; Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 2:00pm. 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 AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA AJAX - February 201 I. 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 2011. 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-winnlng lyricist and playwright Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by System of a Down lead singer and Grammy Award-win- 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 Sate{- (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 llfe 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. T/mes, 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 The- ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS ater, in association with Opera Bos- ton. Composed by Tod Machover, li- bretto by poet-laureate Robert Pinsky from a story by Robert Pinsky and Randy Weiner, directed by Diane Paulus. For further information please call 617-547-8300. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA CHRISTOPH VON DOHNANYI - Thursday, January 27, 8 p.m.; Friday, January 28. 1:30 p.m.: Saturday. January 29, 8 p.m., Tuesday, Febru- ary i, 8 p.m. One of the world's pre- eminent conductors, to lead a program of LIGETI, MOZART. and DVOXAK. The program will feature German vio- linist Arabella Steinbacher in her BSO subscription debut, along with the orchestra's own Elizabeth Rowe on flute and John Ferrillo on oboe Tick- ets are available by calling 888-266- 1200, visiting, and at the Symphony Hall box office. $20 tickets for those under 40 are also available. In these concerts led by the great German conductor Christoph von Dohngmyi, BSO principal players Elizabeth Rowe, flute, and John Ferrillo, oboe, step to the front of the orchestra to perform Gy6rgy Ligetfs 1972 Double Concerto. Making her BSO subscription series debut, the young German violinist Arabella Steinbacher is soloist in Mozart's Vio- lin Concerto No. 4. Antonin DvoYak wrote his powerful yet elegant Sym- phony No. 7 for London's Royal Phil- harmonic Society. The success of this 1885 work helped greatly to establish the composer's international fame. The Pre-Concert Talk will be given by Helen Greenwald, New England Con- servatory, from 6:45pm - 7:15pm at Symphony Hall. Free to performance ticket holders. (Doors open at 6:30pro) THE WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 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-halred, trumpet-playing songmaker whose name instantly brings to mind memorable songs like q'he 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, 201 i. 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 thls fantastic performance. For tickets log onto 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 vision? What sparks the listener's imagination? In David Kechley's Wake- ful Visions/Moonless Dreams (2009), Keehley 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. BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 161 First Street, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA IL GIARDINO ARMONICO - Sat- urday, February 19, 2011 at 8pm. Founded in Milan in 1985, the legendary ensemble II Giardino Armonico celebrates its 25th anni- versary season by making its d6but with the Boston Early Music Festival. Acclaimed around the globe for their performances and recordings, these eight extraordinary musicians will bring their talents to an evening of sonatas and concerti by Venetian Baroque masters. For tickets call 617-661 - 1812 or visit SANDERS THEATRE, HARVARD UNIVERSITY 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT - January 28, 2011 at 8 p.m. The Bos- ton Landmarks Orchestra presents its annual winter concert with guest conductor Ronald Feldman featuring "From the Top" star soloist, thirteen year-old pianist Kadar Qian. The pro- gram consists of Rossinfs Overture from The Barber of Seville, Chopin's Piano Concert No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, Mozart's Symphony 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 BOSTON CONSERVATORY SeuUy Hall 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA SCHNEE - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7pm. The Ludovico Ensemble, an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Boston Conservatory. presents the Boston premier of "Schnee," ten can- ons for nine instruments, by Hans Abrahamsen. Performance & pre-con- cert talk with composer, Hans Abrahamsen, and artistic director, Artistic Director, Nicholas Tolle often refers to Schnee as "the first master- piece of the 21st century." The work was conceived at the beginning of the nineties when Abrahamsen was ar- ranging some canons by Johann Sebastian Bach for ensemble. Ludovico: the name of the medical treatment featured in the Anthony Burgess novel and Stanley Kubrick movie "A Clockwork Orange,". in which the protagonist is subjected to a clas- sical conditioning regimen that in- duces nausea at the sight of violent or exploitative acts, but also, inad- vertently, to the music of Beethoven• The Ludovico Ensemble was founded in 2002 by percussionist Nicholas Tofle with a mission to dually promote rarely heard works of the European avant- garde as well as works by Boston-area composers. For more info or call Nicholas Tolle at 314-489-4177 or Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 617 - 912-9222. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Science Park, Boston, MA FRIDAY EVENING STARGAZING AT THE GILLILAND OBSERVA- TORY- Every Friday from 8:30 - i0:00 PM - FREE - Enjoy the Museum's roof- top observatory equipped with a com- puter-controlled 12-inch Meade LX200 telescope - you'll be amazed and astounded by it all. WEATHER-WISE - This new per- manent 2,800 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 ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS =The Sicilian Corner" II: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 IPM www. i i I "Italia Oggi" Sundays IPM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti IIAM-IPM 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 "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 HAMPSHIRE ST., CAMBRIDGE THE CORO-DANTE, NewEngland's all-ltalian repertoire chorus of the Dante Alighieri Society, will begin on January 31st in preparation for the Spring concert. Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. We are a four-part (Soprano/Alto/ Tenor/Bass) chorus conducted by 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 shws how a real tornado can form; Walk-through Weather Front, 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 (TIT) 617-589-0417. THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 161 Essex Street, Salem. MA GOLDEN: DUTCH AND FLEMISH MASTERWORKS FROM THE ROSE-MARIE AND EIJK VAN OTTERLOO 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 Hats, 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. von Hess Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the 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. 002]: 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 PHILIPSZ - May I, 2011 to Septem- ber I. 2011. Susan Philipsz ci-eates sound installations that explore ways in which the emotive and psycho- logical properties of song alter a listener's perception of place and time. Hearing her disembodied voice in settings where you least expect to have such an intimate experience sets up a tension between the listener's private memories and the communal associations of song. For more information please log onto Kevin Galie', M.M., J.D. New members are always welcome. This is a fun group of all ages who are interested in singing in Italian, Italian culture, and making friends. Contact Kellie at BEL CANTO - The Pirandello Ly- ceum will present a program of Beau- tiful Italian opera arias on Sunday afternoon, January 23, 2:30 PM. The renowned Boston Bel Canto Opera Company, artistically directed by Bra- dley Pennington, will present beauti- ful arias and ensembles from 13 Ital- ian operas. For info contact 781-245- 6536 or CARNEVALE BALLO 2011 - Sat- urday, January 29, 2011. Cocktails 6:45pm following dinner at 7:30pm. Join the Dante Alighieri at the Carnevale Dinner with Maria's Cater- hag and entertainment by Music Para- dise Productions Dancing , Costume Parade and more ... For Information and reservations call the Dante at 617-876-5160 or Lino Rullo at 1-781- 862-1633 or email: EMIGRATIO 2011 - Sunday, Feb- rnary 20, 2011 at 4:00pm presented by Dante Alighieri Society and Ediat present a theatrical performance de- signed and directed by Luisa Marino, Freedom for Woman in love, New York City's Little Italy 1880-1940 from the sketches of Eduardo Migliaeeio. Per- formed by Richard Migliaccio Farfariello's grandson.