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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 Page 9 Socially Scene by j(lngela Cornacchio Brothers Michael and Joe with cousin Alexandro (middle) were on site at the Boston Wine Expo to bring attention to their Tre Olive company based in East Longmeadow. Socially Scene Reviewed ... One of Hub's best events rolled into the city, The Boston Wine Expo on Febru- ary 15-16 at the Seaport Ho- tel and World Trade Center. My first stop was World Wide Wine which was a taste by taste trip through Italia. There was a large circle of booths set up with each bringing their own taste of Italia. Collesi cheese and jams brought the rich flavor from Fiorentina yet based in New York. Giacomo was generous in his variety of products and they ship their goods to Boston. Next was "Rissotteria Melotti," a Verona-based company with a traditional restaurant in Manhattan that imports many variations of risotto, even the now popular gluten free. Moving on down the line was Marco from "Parmacotto" a New York edi- tion, who was slicing deli- cious fresh prosciutto and was barely able to keep up with the demand his product created. All these items go hand in hand, but the one to tie it all together besides the vino is olive oil. Tre Olive Company based in East Longmeadow, Mas- sachusetts had a great story behind it all. On site were brothers Joe and Michael with cousin Alexandro. When I got the chance to chat with the busy booth Michael said, "We are a family-owned business. We have olives grown in Italy, picked in Italy, pressed in Italy and poured in Italy. This business is a. great way of giving back to our grand- parents and staying con- nected with them." You can fmd more on their product at www. treolive.com. The Boston Wine Expo has much to offer. Cooking dem- onstrations with local legend Ming Tsai from Blue Dragon and Blue Ginger took .the (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) stage. He is a wonderful chef yet you can't get back into the kitchen at one of his res- taurants to see how ani- mated he actually is. His show was so full of life and had the crowd in laughter in between bites of his classic egg noodle recipe. The United States Oak Ridge Winery from New York had a nice merlot and Crimson Wine Group from California had a great cabernet. The classic names in the game were there like Banfi and Bordeaux. France has a new inven- tion that is starting to catch on. We have all seen the wine in a box but Cellier des Dames was offering wine on tap. The demonstration was quite impressive. Many countries were rep- resented at the Expo: Chile, Argentina, Portugal and so many more. It would take three days to get through it all. I saved this specific Italia wine for last since it's from my mother's region, Verona. Sartori Vineyards had a large selection of wine and I'm a merlot girl but they got me with how smooth the pinot grigio was. The Boston Wine Expo is always a sold out event that helps warm us a little when the winter gets tough. Tickets generally go on sale a month prior to the event and if you would like to see more information on the next show or even on the wines that were featured visit www.wine-expo.com. Symphony Special Pre- sentation ... The Boston Symphony Orchestra will welcome back Andris Nel- son for a one night only per- formance on March 6 th. BSO Music Director Des- ignate Andris Nelsons re- turns to the Symphony Hall stage for a performance of Richard Strauss's salacious and  searing masterpiece alome which caused scan= dal at its 1905 premiere. It still provokes heated dis- cussion today with its stark, graphic portrayal of Herod's court as well as its expres- sionistic and harmonically adventurous music in a performance to mark the 150 ta anniversary of the composer's birth. This con- cert performance of Salome is Mr. Nelsons' last appear- ance of the BSO's 2013-14 season and headlined by soprano Gun-Brit Barkman, who makes her BSO debut in the title role. The dis- tinguished cast also fea- tures mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel as Herodias, tenor Gerhard Siegel (BSO debut) as Herod and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin (BSO debut) as Jochanaan. The groundbreaking 1905 opera Salome was Richard Strauss's leap into modern- ism. The libretto is a nearly exact German translation of Oscar Wilde's lurid amplifi- cation of the well-known Biblical story of Herodias' young, .seductive daughter Salome. Salome, at her mother Herodias' behest, performs the Dance of Seven Veils for her lecherous step- father, King Herod (ending up naked and exhausted at his feet), and in return de- mands the head of the prophet John the Baptist. Charged with eroticism, de- pravity and an electric sense of inexorably approaching horror, the opera concludes with one of opera's most un- forgettable and viscerally shocking scenes: the de- ranged anti-heroine's crazed professions of love for the executed prophet and her exultant, passionate em- brace with his newly sev- ered head. In this concert perfor- mance, the spotlight will be on the opera's captivating and highly innovative mu- sic, which matches the in- tensity and psychological depth of the plot. Saturated with adventurous harmo- nies that stretch the bound- aries of the tonal system, Salome was as revered a touchstone for the most im- portant avant-garde compos- ers of the ensuing decades. Strauss also displays his mastery of orchestration and its creative and commu- nicative abilities, using dif- ferent instrumental tex- tures to identify characters and themes from the text. And though the score bristles at times with disso- nance, the composer also I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. . Jim (617) 263-7766 The last performance of the season for the talented ,an(Iris Nelsons will be a one night only show on March 6 th at Symphony Hall. (Photo by theguardian.com) incorporates plentiful pas- sages of soaring lyricism, the beauty of the sound of- ten forming a jarring discon- nect with the perversity of the action on stage to cre- ate a musico-dramatic win- dow into the characters' per- ceptions of the world. Andris Nelsons is the newly- appointed Music Director of the Boston Symphony Or- chestra, starting from the 2014-15 season, and is act- ing as Music Director Des- ignate for the 2013-14 sea- sons. Nelsons is one of the most sought-after conduc- tors on the international scene today, earning dis- tinction on both the opera and concert podiums, includ- ing those of the Berlin Phil- harmonic, Vienna Philhar- monic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Met- ropolitan Opera, and Vienna State Opera. This will be Andris Nelson's last performance of the season and is a one night only performance on March 6 m at 8:00 pm in Sym- phony Hall located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Bos- ton. For more information on tickets call 617-266-1200 or visit www.bso.org. Death of a Salesman ... By Arthur Miller and directed by Spiro Veloudos has been lighting up the Lyric stage and will continue through March 16 th. Ever since it was first per- formed in 1949, Death of a alesman has been recog- nized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman -- the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine. Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insup- portably vast and danger- ously insubstantial. Death of a Salesman compresses epic extremes of Willy Loman re- turns home exhausted after a cancelled business trip. Worried over Willy's state of mind and recent car acci- dent, his wife Linda suggests that he ask his boss Howard Wagner to allow him to work in his home city so he will not have to travel. Willy com- plains to Linda that their son, Biff, has yet to make good on his life. Despite Biffs promise as an athlete in high school, he flunked senior-year math and never went to college. The plot of this intense and tragic classic follows Biff and his brother, Happy, who are temporarily staying with Willy and Linda after Biffs unexpected return from the West. Reminisce about their childhood to- gether. They discuss their father's mental degenera- tion, which they have wit- nessed in the form of his constant vacillations and talking to himself. Willy walks in, angry that the two boys have never amounted to anything. In an effort to pacify their father, Biff and Happy tell Willy that Biff (Continued on Page 13) Real Estate Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530