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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 Page9 by 00ngela Cornacchio BCO Hits Faneuil Hall .... April 13 TM and 14 th the or- chestra will host their an- nual program spotlighting baritone Philip Lima as a special guest. Over the years the Boston Classical Orchestra has carved a niche for itself presenting early classical symphonies in an iconic Boston venue, Faneuil Hall. But the orchestra's loyal audiences also seem to ap- preciate the frequent oppor- tunities BCO provides to see well-known and should-be- better-known local musi- cians performing as soloists in unusual repertory. Founded by violinist and long-time BCO concertmas- ter Robert Brink, the orches- tra gave its inaugural perfor- mance at historic Faneuil Hall in May, 1980 with the BCO's first Music Director, F. John Adams, conducting• The orchestra has been per- forming in this remarkable auditorium ever since. In 1983 Harry Ellis Dickson be- came Music Director• Dur- ing his 16-year tenure the orchestra's offerings tripled, many world-class solo artists were engaged and a program of in-school youth concerts was inaugurated. In 1999 when Steven Lipsitt was named Music Director, Dick- son became Music Director Laureate (a post he held un- til his death in March, 2003). The Boston Classical Or- chestra is a fully profes- sional chamber orchestra focused primarily on music of the Classical period• The Orchestra performs five pro- grams each season on Sat- urday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Each program is carefully crafted to encom- pass a broad spectrum of classical music appropriate for a chamber orchestra. Depending on the program- ming, the orchestra can range from 21 to 45 players. One of the most popular pro- grams of the season is the annual Valentine's concert, which, given the intimate nature of that celebration, can feature still smaller en- sembles. A lecture about the music precedes both Satur- day and Sunday concerts, Frank SantoreUi hits the Hub on April 15  at the Beantown Comedy Vault. (Photo courtesy of princepizzeria, corn) and the conductor offers brief spoken commentary about the music and musi- cians during the concerts. BCO wraps up its season on April 13 TM and 14 TM with a performance that wel- comes baritone Philip Lima in works by Mahler and Lee Hoiby. For further informa- tion on location, tickets and show times, please visit www.boskn'tsslm/tmes/ or call (617) 423-3883. Dicks Comedy Vault .... Beantown Comedy Vault brings in a favorite Italian, Frank Santorelli and his "Hawaiian Comedy Luau" stand up. On Monday, April 15 h at 8:30 pm Santorelli will ake the stage and have yo u, leaving in stiches! Na- tionally known in more countries than Slovakia, he has been a headliner at some of the world's most fa- mous comedy clubs, with venues such as Catch a Ris- ing Star, The Improv and Caroline's on Broadway to name a few. Mr. Santorelli's appearances on the big screen (he needs one) in- clude Johnny Slade's Great- est Hits, Crooked Lines and Meet the Parents. But did you know that Frank Santorelli has appeared on over 21 tele- vision shows. Frank has also done commercials for some of our favorite products, Olive Garden, Coor's Beer and McDonalds. James GofFs performance f Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 on April 12 th at 9:00 pm will be sure to keep you laugh- ing for hours. Born and raised in the South Bronx, James Goff is a shining star to look out for. James Goff started his career when, through the advice of friend, he decided to give it a try. In just a couple of years in the business, James Golf had already made the transition from "up and coming" to co- median by opening for come- dian greats such as Tommy Davidson, DL Hugley, Gilbert Gottfried and Richard Lewis. He was also a Boston re- gional finalist for Comedy Central's "Open Mic Fight". With all these credits to his resume, he still has time to perform in top comedy clubs all over the country. When asked to describe his brand of comedy, James Goff just simply states, "truth meets therapy." James Goffs stage presence alone reminds you of the greats before him. With his trademark glowing smile and his insight on the world around him, you see why audiences love him. It's safe to say that James Goff is one of the bright faces in the future of comedy. For over 24 years, Boston's most fun comedy club has been bringing you laughs. They are Boston's only full service, seven nights a week comedy club. With great food, drinks and show at great prices you are sure to see national headliners with a Boston connection. Local comedians are joined by Boston's next superstars. Dane Cook had a show there every Friday for two years in the '90s. Dick's Bean- town Comedy Vault is at Remington's Restaurant, 124 Boylston Street Boston. For more information on up- coming acts or tickets you can call Club & Office Phone at 800-401-2221or visit Celebrity Series in Spring .... On Friday, April 12 t Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet will be coming together for a spe- cial performance Schu- mann: Under the Influence. The program will include; Purcell: Selected Fantasias, Schumann: String Quartet in A minor, Opus 41, no. 1, and Timothy Andres: New Work (Commissioned Espe- cially for the project), Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-fiat Major and Opus 44. Jonathan Biss was born in 1980; his professional debut preceded this event by sev- I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 The Elias String Quartet will be in Boston for the spring session of the Celebrity Series. (Photo courtsey of eral months, when he per- formed, prenatally, the Mozart A Major Violin Con- certo at Carnegie Hall, with the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel. Subsequent violin performances have shown greater independence, though they have also been more likely to send listeners running in the opposite di- rection, wildly searching for Ear, Nose and Throat spe- cialists, and handguns. Although the highlight of his career as a violinist took place when he was a fetus, Mr. Biss' childhood was nonetheless saturated with music. With both of his par- ents playing the violin, and his older brother Daniel tak- ing up the piano, he remem- bers music emanating from nearly every room in the house, including bathrooms, which, while modest in their decor, were valued for their acoustical properties. The Elias String Quartet take their name from Men- delssohn's oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is in its German form, and have quickly es- tablished themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. They perform around the world, collaborat- ing with many different art- ists. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal North- ern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hoch-schule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet. Other mentors in the Quartet's studies in- clude Hugh Maguire, Gy6rgy Kurt&g, Gbor Tak&cs-Nagy, Henri Dutilleux and Rainer Schmidt. The quartet has been cho- sen to participate in BBC Radio 32s prestigious New Generation Artists' scheme and is the recipients of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In April 2010, their disc of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert on the Wig- more Hall Live label was given the BBC Music Maga- zine Newcomer Award. Other highlights of the 2009/10 season included a month long tour of Australia, their first visit to Italy with cellist Alice Neary and a cycle of Mendelssohn's Chamber Music at King's Place, London. This year they had their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amster- dam, a weeklong tour in Eu- rope with pianist Jonathan Biss, appearances at The Sage Newcastle, Bridge- water Hall Manchester and the City of London, Chelten- ham and East Neuk Festi- vals. Future projects include a five concert series at Wigmore Hall, a US tour including their Carnegie Hall debut, returning to Concert-gebouw, Amster- dam, and participating in Jonathan Biss's Schumann project. (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.CObi ww.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.CObl 4