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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 15, 2013 Page 9 t The Boston Ballet moves into their spr/ng season with a production of Sleeping Beauty, (Photo by Boston.corn) pl-_,ozy Nc r  The evening will kick off with a special performance by students from the Handel and Haydn Society's Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program's Collabo- rative Youth Concerts. Asso- ciate Conductor John Finney will lead the H&H or- chestra and the choruses from Brockton High School, Lawrence High School and Boston Latin School in ex- cerpts from Handel's Utrecht Te Deum. The Collaborative Youth Concert program was created 26 years ago, in 1987, and allows students from different school dis- tricts and cultural back- grounds to come together to perform works from the Baroque and Classical eras for their communities along- side Handel and Haydn's pro- fessional musicians. Completed in 1812, Sym- phony No. 7 was composed by Beethoven while he was staying in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice in the hope of improving his health. Conducted by Beethoven himself, the first perfor- mance was held in Vienna in 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. The sym- phony is noteworthy for its compositional details; the work includes the long coda of the first movement, exten- sive rhythmic detail and the use of a fortissimo which was rarely used by Beethoven. At its debut, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works. The second movement, Alle- gretto, was the most popular movement and received an encore. The instant popular- ity of Allegretto resulted in its frequent performance sepa- rate from the complete sym- phony. The program will be rounded out by Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music (Maurerische Trauermusik). A member of the Freemasons, Mozart composed the piece in 1785 to be performed at a Masonic service for two fel- low Freemasons in Novem- ber of that year. The instru- mental version which will be featured at these concerts was adapted for a perfor- mance that December. The Boston version on this work by a monumental com- poser will take place on Fri- day, March 15 th and Sunday, March 17 th at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Av- enue, Boston, MA. For more information you can visit www. handelandhaydn, org or contact the box office at 617-266-3605. Providence Ballet presents its original production of Hansel and Gretel. This per- formance transforms the tra- ditional fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel into a journey to discover the nature of true beauty. This dramatic ballet features collaboration be- tween choreographer and composer, with the talents of local professional dancers to create an all-new artistic experience for all ages! ( Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 !! J o .,5 by jlngela Cornacchio Providence may be a bit out of the way for some but with the weather a little lighter it may be a nice family day trip. The performances of Hansel and Gretel will take place Friday, March 15 th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 16 u at 2:00 pm at The Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College, Providence. Tickets can be purchased at the Rhode Island Col- lege Box Office, online at www.ric.edu/pfa or by calling the box office at 401-456-8144.   i-c- c i ! . It's that time of year again to wear the Celtic pride in our city. The Dropkick Murphys have announced the full line- up for their Irish Festival at Boston's TD Garden on Fri- day, March 15% Dropkick Murphys will be joined on the main stage by Black 47, The Mahones and Old Man Markley. The Acous}ic Concourse csage will include sets by OldBri gade, Brian McPherson and Sun Cooked. Signed and Sealed in B/ood, the Dropkick Murphys eighth record, was released earlier this year via the band's own Born and Bred Records. The record is the band's second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show), which was recorded at Boston's Q Division studios and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes). "We had such a great time writing our last album, Going Out In Style, we were excited to get back into the studio right away," says bassist and co-lead singer Ken Casey. "Where Going Out In Style was a concept album -- kind of intricate and difficult -- this one is catchy, fun, and as sing-along as can be." Their famous Red Sox an- them, Tessie, that gets us all going is sure to be a part of the big show on. Tickets for the Dropkick Murphys Irish Festival are on sale now and are available at the Garden Box Office, LiveNation.com or by calling 800 745 3000. Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty will take stage on March 22 "d through April 7% Those whose imaginations were inspired by the shim- mering beauty of The Nut- cracker will be struck by the extraordinary history and i DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. . . Jim (617) 263-7766 The Dropkick Murphys take part in the city celebration of St. Patrick's Day with shows at the TD Garden. Photo courtesy of wordpress.com. sheer, opulence of The Sleep- ing Beauty. First choreographed in 1890 by Marius Petipa, the ballet has undergone sev- eral adaptations over its long history. This quintessential version, originally staged by Dame Ninette de Valois in 1939 and again in 1977, hon- ors the distinguished ballet lineage w.ith orgg!ntl: chore- ography from Petipa, his assistant Nicolas Sergeyev and Sir Frederick Ashton. When Mikko Nissinen first introduced Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty to the Com- pany in 2005, he re-united the de Valois commissioned sets and costumes designed by the peerless David Walker with the 1977 Royal Ballet production. Boston Ballet per- formed this gorgeous rendi- tion again in 2009 and it was met with ecstatic audience response as well as local and national praise. The New York Times raved the produc- tion was "claimed with lus- ter and brilliance" and "a superb achievement". The ballet features the illustrious Rose Adagio, in which Princess Aurora is presented to her four suitors and is considered to be one of the most difficult sequences in classical bal- let. Three Boston Ballet dancers, Lia Cirio, Ashley Ellis and Adiarys Almeida, will be making their Com- pany debuts as Princess Aurora, joining Misa Kur- anaga who has been highly acclaimed for their portray- als. The male lead will show- case Boston Ballet's talented Jeffrey Cirio, John Lain, Lasha Khozashvili, Paulo Arrais and Nelson Madrigal in the classic role of Prince Desire. Hilary Cartwright, a former Royal Ballet soloist and Ballet Mistress served as guest regisseur, lending her first hand expertise with this Sleeping Beauty produc- tion. Cartwright has served as Associate Director for the Royal Winnipeg Bet and Director of the Nederland's Dan's Theater II and con- tinues her work with Ameri- can Ballet Theater's JKO school and instructing a specialized form of yoga for dancers. Seen for the first time in Boston Ballet's current home, The Boston Opera house, The Sleeping Beauty is one of the largest productions pre- sented by Boston Ballet; with 384 glittering costumes in each performance and char- acters in full period dress. This tale of the spellbound Princess Aurora features legendary roles, including the ethereal Lilac Fairy, the artful Bluebird and the evil Carabosse. The adventure comes to a triumphant close in the Act III wedding cel- ebration attended by notable fairy tale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss N' Boots. The magical fairytale was derived from a story by Charles Perrault, called La Belle au Bois Dormant. Set to a magnificent score by P.I. Tchaikovsky, the work has become one of the most fa- mous ballets in classical repertoire. The familiarity of both the romantic narrative (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WW.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM I " !