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POST-GAZETrE, APRIL 11,2014 Page 9 8ocially Scene by 00Ingela Cornacchio This past week Boston was host to 2012's top interna- tional cocktail artist at Bond in the Langham Hotel. {Photo by Mike Diskin) Socially Scene Reviewed ... Recently a sort of English "royalty" made his way into Boston for an exclusive demonstration. Last week Mixologist Alex Kratena of Artesian, The Langham Lon- don was here in the Hub at Boston's Langham "Bond" for a globally inspired cocktail demonstration, menu par- ing and Socially Scene was On site! There was quite the crowd in addition to the usual after work clientele at Bond and many were there to see a worldly bartender at work. Mixology is innovative to the beverage industry and for those who don't have a clear understanding a simple definition is: another term for mixing drinks or bartend- ing with an in depth study of the art and craft of mixing. A "Mixologist" is a term used to describe a qualified bar- tender "chef of cocktails. Alex started the nigh.t off shaking things up with a "Lady Pink" featured in New York City hosting Fino/Rhu- barb / Citrus/Agave / Bitter Orange that were inspired by famous NYC street artist known for her distinct mu- rals featuring funny imag- ery. The sign of a quality mixer is that they can take the most unsuspecting in- gredients and turn them into a delicious drink. He began to move on down the line with the new cocktail list for Bond Boston along with other cities and included are Alex's own notes; "Ocial Club" in Pasadena; Vodka/ Lillet/Vetiver/Rose water and citrus that celebrated the blooming roses of Pasa- dena and its hot summery climate, "Back to the Fu- ture" in Chicago; Talisker/ Port/Sherry/Citrus/Caco and Raspberry are inspired by the great Chicago fire and the spirit of that amazing city, always looking to the future, "Skylines" right here in Boston has Aquavit/Fino/ Citrus/Cederwood and Bit- ters that were inspired by London's sister city Boston and the flavors associated with it, which are as eclec- tic as Boston's magnificent skyline. When asked what he thought was the most im- portant quality to his craft was, he replied, ."To smile and use common sense" He proceeded to give a few tricks of the trade and gushed with passion. He mentioned he started his venture when he was only 14 years old and that it is never work when you do something you love, Alex is known as one of the leading mixologists in Eu- rope, having emerged from the London cocktail scene as tle head bartender at Arte- sian Bar at The Langham, London. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Alex has worked all over the world, from New York to Tokyo, in a wide variety of establish- ments. His hallmark is a luxurious attention to detail, which, combined with his warmth and flair, have made him a celebrity in the cocktail world. In addition to his work behind the bar, Alex writes for drinks and lifestyle magazines on the topic of cocktails, and trains bartenders around the world. Past appearances include a guest bartending gig on board Virgin Atlantic flights. In 2011 he won "The World's Best Cocktail Menu" at Tales of the Cocktail; and in 2012 he won "World's Best Hotel Bar" and "Interna- tional Bartender of the Year" at the same event. Also in 2012 he helped Artesian win "Best European Bar" at the Cocktails & Spirits Awards k" Real Estate Mcrlto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 I Violinist Xiang Yu will join a Discovery Ensemble performance in Jordan Hall on April 13% (Photo by instantencore.com) in Paris; and "The World's Best Bar," an award spon- sored by Drinks International Magazine that was awarded at The World's 50 Best Bars Awards in London. Alex's cocktail knowledge and his unique way of serv- ing drinks is one that can only be seen since to describe would just be unheard of. This is an ideal kick-off For Alex in advance of the 2014 edition, "Tales of the Cocktail" in-July, in which-he will once again be participating and com- peting. The cocktail menu will be available at each participating hotel through the end of 2014. You can find out more on this miraculous mixologist at www.artesian-bar.co, uk or www. langhamhotels, com. Spring Fashion ... Denise Hajjar will hit the runway on Monday April 14  from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Inter- continental Boston. Guests are invited to en- joy specialty cocktails, deli- cious food and complimen- tary admission to the public although seating is first come, first served. Say goodbye to winter and go see the new collection of beautiful clothing and fabu- lous accessories. You can also enjoy a 15% discount on anything you purchase that night! Denise Hajjar Bou- tique is located at the InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston and be can reached at 617- 266-2296. You can also visit www.denisehajjar.com for a peek at the hottest styles this spring. Discovery Ensemble Pre- sents ... "Crosscurrents: Four Intimately Linked Composers" at NEC's Jordan Hall, Sunday, April 13 m at 3:00 pm. I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Boston's Discovery En- semble, conducted by Court- ney Lewis, who was recently appointed as the new Assis- tant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic and who is replacing ailing conductor Rafael Frfihbeck de Burgos at the Houston Symphony will present "Crosscurrents: Four Intimately Linked Com- posers." The program will fea- ture Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, and Beethoven's Vio- lin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 featuring violinist Xiang Yu, Stravinsky's Sympho- nies of Wind Instruments and Hadyn's Symphony No. 102 in B-Flat major. The con- cert will be preceded by A Musical Conversation with conductor Courtney Lewis hosted by Classical New England's Brian McCreath at 2:00 pm in Jordan's Hall. The String Serenade and the 1812 Overture were composed back-to-back dur- ing the autumn of 1880. While Tchaikovsky regarded the Serenade as one of his finest works, he could not say the same of the work which would soon be in- ducted into the musical hall- of-fame: "The overture will be very loud and noisy, but I wrote" it without any warm feelings of love and so, it will probably be of no artistic merit. But the serenade, on the contrary, I wrote from inner compulsion. This is a piece from the heart, and so, I venture to hope that this work is not without artistic qualities." Beethoven's Violin Con- certo in D major, Op. 61 is one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire, and it is fre- quently performed and re- corded today. Premiered in 1806, the work was written for Beethoven's colleague, Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the day. Even for Stravinsky, the Symphonies of Wind Instru- ments is strikingly origi- nal, grounded not in the "symphonic" genre but -- as the musicologist Richard Taruskin has shown.-- in the Russian Orthodox ser- vice for the dead. It began as a serene and archaic cho- rale composed in memory of Debussy. Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Interna- tional Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Xing Yu is regarded as one of today's most talented and creative young violinists. His aston- ishing technique, distinc- tive sound, and exceptional musicality have won him consistent critical acclaim (The Strad, Strings Magazine, and the Boston Globe) and enthusiastic audience re- sponse worldwide for his solo recitals, orchestral engage- ments, and chamber music performances. In addition to winning the Menuhin Competition, in- cluding the Bach Prize and Audience prize, he also won 2 na prize in the Wieniawski International Violin Compe- tition (2006) as the youngest prize winner; 3 ra prize in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (2011); 2 n prize and the Best Com- missioned Work Prize in the 25 t Irving M. Klein Interna- tional String Competition; and 1 t prize and the Best Chamber Music Performance prize of the Baden-Wfirttem- berg International Music Competition (2005). Sunday, April 13 tn at 3:00 pm in NEC's Jordan Hall located at 30 Gains- borough Street, Boston. For further information, visit www.discoveryensemble.org or call Jordan Hail Box Office at 617-585-1260. Becoming Cuba ... A hit production at the Hunting- ton Theatre has been ex- tended by popular demand .through May 3 yd. Becoming Cuba takes place in 1897 Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Spirited widow Adela, the daughter of a Spanish mother and a Cuban father, runs her late Spanish husband's pharmacy, indifferent to the mounting conflict around her. But when the rebellion comes home to Havana in the form of her half-brother Manny, a rebel fighter, she must choose between loyalty to country or to family. It turns funny, steamy, and. political, this. powerful new drama asks whether free- dom is something we all want. "I'm attracted to the ques- tions of loyalty, sacrifice, a.nd (Continued on Page 13) @ JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAILCOM www.J USTINEYANDLEPH OTOGRAPHY.COM i