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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 8, 2013 Page 9 by jdngela Comacchio The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates their 40th sea- son with the Museum of Fine Arts. Photo Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston Makes Music ... The Aardvark Jazz Orches- tra with Mark Harvey, founder and music director, present the world premiere of Boston JazzScape on Fri- day, March 84 at 7:30 pm at the Museum of Fine Arts. The internationally ac- claimed Aardvark Jazz Or- chestra marks the high point of its historic 404 sea- son with the world premiere of music director Mark Harvey's epic new work, Bos- ton JazzScape. With styles ranging from swing, bop and blues to Third Stream to free improvisation, the piece tells a fascinating story of Boston, from the Revolutionary War to the Great Fire of 1872 to Sacco & Vanzetti to the infa- mous urban renewal of the West End, from Boston-born jazz maven Nat Hentoff to so- cial crusader Kip Tiernan, from the back story of the Charlie Card to Mayor Kevin White's "Summerthing". Founded in 1973, the Aard- vark Jazz Orchestra is one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in the world. The band has premiered more than 150 works for jazz orchestra and released 11 COs to rave reviews around the globe, including 6 discs on Leo Records, a leading ad- venturous music label. Guest artists who have appeared with Aardvark include jazz luminaries Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Giuf- Jay Clayton, Paul Lovens, Rajesh Mehta, Matt Savage and Walter Thompson. Aardvark's latest CO, Evo- cations, was named by The New York City Jazz Record as one of the magazine's picks for Best of 2012. Founder and music director Mark Harvey was honored recently by the City of Boston and the City of Cambridge, as both cities proclaimed January 30, 2013 Mark Sumner Harvey Day in recognition of his contri- butions to the arts, music education and community outreach. You can see this monu- mental anniversary celebra- tion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the Remis Auditorium located at 465 Huntington Avenue• You can call 800-440-6975 for reser- vations or get more informa- tion by visiting www.mfccorg. Four Weddings and a Funeral ... The classic com- edy presented by Chorus pro Musics featuring Bach, Brahms and Pinkham & Whi- tacre will take stage on Sun- day, March 10~ at 3:00 pm at the Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston• The Boston-based chorus, Chorus pro Musics, will be under the direction of Dr. Betsy Burleigh• This pro- gram will include Bach's Jesu, meine Freude, Daniel Pinkham's Wedding Cantata cally complex and justifiably the most popular of the six funeral motets he wrote for St. Thomas' Church in Leip- zig. It was written in 1723 for the funeral of Johanna Maria KfLsin, the wife of Leipzig's postmaster. The chorale mel- ody on which it is based was by Johann Crfiger; the German text is by Johann Franck and speaks of Jesus Christ freeing man from sin and death. Composed in July 1874, Brahms's Kleine Hochzeits- Kantate (Little Wedding Can- tats) for chorus and piano is rarely heard and was written at the peak of Brahms's com- positional powers. Brahms composed this piece in 1874 at the special request of his friend, the famed Swiss poet Gottfried Keller, who wrote the words. The work was commissioned by Keller's close friend Marie Exner for the wedding of her brother Sigmund Exner with Emilie von Winiwarter, whose names Keller worked into his poem. Brahms throughout his life declined invitations to write music for special occasions; this charming "little cantata" is a rare exception to that rule. Unpublished during Brahms's lifetime, the work first appeared in 1927 and has not been often performed. Composer Daniel Pinkham wrote his popular Wedding Cantata in 1956 for the mar- riage of his friends Lotje and Arthur Loeb. The texts from the Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) are great favorites at weddings and anniversaries• Pinkham invested them with a variety of musical con- trasts and moods -- sudden, serene, racing, slow, eager, contemplative, longing, in- tense -- all in a 10-minute composition. Love is a Boston Chorus pro Musics is putting their own spin on the production of Four Weddings and a Funeral. (Photo by the art of love and life. This is a special show only taking place once, Sunday, March 10th at 3:00 pm at the Old South Church located 645 Boylston Street in Boston• Call 800-658-4276 or visit for tickets or more information on the performance. BSO Adds Art to their Mu- sic ... The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Copley So- ciety of Art have joined forces to curate an exhibit of 32 new paintings throughout Symphony Hall on exhibit now through April 13 In- spired by Mussorgsky's Pic- tures at an Exhibition, in col- laboration with BSO perfor- mances of the work April 124 and 134, the paintings were unveiled at a special recep- tion in honor of the artists in the O'Block/Kay Room on March 64. The artwork will be on view for all visitors at- tending concerts at Sym- phony Hall through April 13th. One of the most popular works performed in concert hails today, Pictures at an Exhibition was originally com- strong, complicated, infi- posed in response to the nitely varied theme, passing of Modest Mussorg- For his Five Hebrew Love sky's close friend, artist Songs, Eric Whitacre asked Viktor Hartmann, who died his girlfriend to compose "aat age 39 in 1873. In the few postcards" in her nativespring of 1874, the Academy of Change -- will showcase Hebrew. He then set her of Fine Arts in St. Peters- how the region's best green and Eric Whitacre's 5 Hebrew exquisite and delicate poetry burg, Russia, mounted a post- thumbs are fearlessly em- Love Songs. in his characteristic lush, humous exhibit of 400 of thebracing new plants, methods Johann Sebastian Bach's romantic style. The poetry artist's paintings, including and materials to increase the piano); with each of the work's ten movements allud- ing to individual watercolors created by Hartmann during his travels abroad. Some of the more descriptive move- ment titles include: Tuile- ries, Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells, The Market at Limoges, The Hut on Chicken Legs (Baba-Yaga}, and The Great Gate of Kiev. Unfortunately, most of the original Hartman paintings from the 1874 exhibit in St. Petersburg have been lost. John Kirby of Boston Art Inc., and Ron Della Chiesa of WGBH selected the 32 works for the Symphony Hall exhibit from a field of 125 entries by Copley Society Artists. The paintings can be viewed at and if you're looking to purchase tickets to any of the perfor- mances through April 12th you can call the BSO Box Office at 888-266-1200 or vis- iting the Symphony Hall Box Office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue• Spring Has Sprung ... The Boston Flower & Garden Show returns to the Seaport World Trade Center in Bos- ton on Wednesday, March 134 through Sunday, March 17, 2013. The theme -- Seeds fre, Geri Allen, Lewis Porter, Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227 is intimate, each song cap- a few on loan from Mussorg- beauty, the bountiful harvest Vinny Golia, Dominique Eade,is the longest, most musi- turing a moment that the sky's own personal collection, and the ecological friendli- two had shared together. By June 22na that same year,ness of their gardens and Eric Whitacre has written, Mussorgsky completed his outdoor spaces. 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