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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 9, 2014 Page 7 Socially Scene by 00lngela Comacchio The Boston Pops will leave behind May with a big Gatsby Bang May 28th-30th. (Photo by bso.org) The Very Best of the Boston Pops 2014 ... Will showcase the amazing range of music and entertainment that audiences have come to expect from "America's Orchestra," under the direc- tion of Keith Lockhart. Along with the orchestra's beloved tradition of present- ing classic hits from Broad- way, film, and the Great American Songbook -- all cho- sen from its exclusive library of extraordinary music -- the 2014 Boston Pops spring season will also introduce its audiences to a debut appear- ances by Tony award-winning Billy Porter (5/20 5/21), Grammy and Oscar win- ner Melissa Etheridge (6/12 & 13), as well as first- time collaborations with the New York-based jazz band sensation The Hot Sardines (5/28-30) and Cirque de la Symphonic {5/16 & 17). Season highlights include the annual Film Night series with Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams (6/6, 7, I0, II), Out of this World space-themed concerts with Leonard Nimoy; and Gospel Night with Grammy- award winning a cappella group Take Six and the world premiere of a new work, The Song of Solomon by Conduc- tor Charles Floyd (6/14). The season also features per- formances by the winners of the 2014 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops and the origi- nal Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday (6/3). Ms. Holiday will make a special appear- ance during the annual Gala fundraising event, Presidents at Pops (6/4). The orchestra will also cel- ebrate the 200 TM anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, with a newly commissioned multi-media work featuring a spoken word text, a kalei- doscope of images, and a new arrangement of the na- tional anthem specifically composed to accommodate a variety of performance options, including solo voice and adult and children cho- ruses, as well as audience ' participation. "The 2014 Boston Pops sea- son boasts a lineup of pro- grams that combine the old with the new and unexpected in that signature Boston Pops way," said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. "The season's special focus on some of the best arrange- ments from the orchestra's exclusive library of 3,400 works, along with first-ever Symphony Hall appearances by artists as diverse as Warren Haynes, Billy Por- ter, Melissa Etheridge-flid Cirque de la Symphonie, and a first-time film screen- ing of The Wizard of Oz with live orchestra accompani- ment, offers our loyal fans and first time attendees a great variety of fun-filled pro- grams to choose from. We truly believe there is only Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 ,?i;:iiiii!iTiiiiii!i!!!iiiiliT!iiTiiii!!!iiiiii!i? L TM / 7iiii:;iiiiTiiii!!i!iii!iiiiiiii!i!ii!7:i::: TM  ::iiiiTiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiT!i!ii? i;ii ,!7!Tiiii!!jiiiiiiTiTiii!iiTili!iii ii;: one place you can hear the phenomenal variety and depth and even whimsy of American music performed in a single concert i and that's at a Boston Pops per- formance in the incompa- rable setting of Symphony Hall." In celebration of the 75 th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, the Boston Pops orches- tra invites fans to submit a video renditions of The Wizard of Oz Academy Award-win- ning song Over the Rainbow. The best entries will be selected to be feature in a very special video compila- tion, which will include guest artists from the 2014 sea- son, and will be shown dur- ing Boston Pops concerts at Symphony Hall. Participants of all ages can submit a video singing all or part of Over the Rainbow. Fans are encour- aged to upload a video of a performance to YouTube and email their submissions to press@bso.org. Videos chosen to be part of the Over the Rain- bow video compilation will also be featured on the Bos- ton Pops YouTube channel and on the Boston Pops website www.BostonPops.org. Participants should then email a link of their YouTube video, along with their con- tact information and geo- graphical location to press@ bso.org. The Boston Pops will send the owners of all cho- sen submissions an email to let them know when the video is up on YouTube. The Boston Pops will close out May with Gatsby Night May 28th-30th, a set of three 1920's-style concerts that draw on the music of the Jazz Age to evoke the decadence and exuberance of the Roar- ing Twenties with the inno- vative New York-based jazz band The Hot Sardines in their Boston Pops debut. Blending standards with Dixieland music and Pari- sian flair, the versatile band which also includes a tap dancer and will capture the spirit of the 1920s and '30s with such tunes as Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Some of These Days, and St. James Infirmary. The Boston Pops cabaret style floor seating is a staple since the first Boston Pops con- certs in 1885 will offer 1920's food and drink during the concert alongside a clandes- tine speakeasy atmosphere. On May 29 th, a post concert "speakeasy style" party with live music will be open to all concert ticket holders. Tickets to the 2014 Boston I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 The Harvard Film Archive presents legendary Director Frank Capra and his movie through June 2 ad. (Photo by travsd.wordpress.com) Pops season are available in person at the Symphony Hall box office or by calling 888- 266-1200 also online at www. bostonpops, org. Harvard Film Archive Pre- sents ... The Capra Touch through June 2 nd. By the mid-1930s, Frank Capra was the most power- ful directors in Hollywood, eclipsing even the mighty Ernst Lubitsch and Charlie Chaplin. All three of these filmmakers earned their celebrity by making audi- ences laugh. But while Chaplin was stymied by the arrival of sound cinema, Capra and Lubitsch both displayed a skill at smoothly integrating plenty of dialogue into their films without slow- ing the seamless flow that comedy requires. Ultimately, Capra sur- passed Lubitsch by perfect- ing what was often called his "common touch:" his cel- ebration of everyday pluck and high spirits in the face of the Great Depression. His 1930s films celebrated the spunk of the underdog while thumbing their noses at the high and mighty. If this em- phasis on homespun decency sometimes veered close to sentimentality, especially in his later work, the films that made him famous not only helped establish screwball comedy as a genre, they also tackled miscegenation, reli- gious hypocrisy and political corruption. The first half of Capra's biography reads like a clas- .sic "American Dream" story: the son of impoverished Sicilian immigrants living in Los Angeles manages to get into the California Institute of Technology despite work- ing full-time while in high school. Although he had hopes of making a living as a scientist or engineer, he worked a variety of menial jobs before eventually fending work in the lower rungs of the film industry, In-st in San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. From the beginning, he specialized in comedy, working on short films for Hal Roach and then Mack Sennett. When comedian Harry Langdon wanted to begin making features, he hired Capra as his writer and director. After making six films with Langdon in 1926 and 1927, including his first two directorial credits, Capra struck off on his own. After an unsuccessful third fea- ture, Capra found work as a director at the struggling Columbia Pictures. Burned out, by his own admission, at the end of the war, Capra was yet to endure years of suspicion during the anti-Communist hysteria of the late 1940s, during which he narrowly escaped being blacklisted. Although he would make six more films, success was elusive, as Capra struggled to find a place for himself within a rapidly changing industry and society. Although history has been kind to one of these post- war films, It's a Wonderful Life, which was seen as old- fashioned compared to the contemporaneous The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) but eventually gained a follow- ing on television, the rest of Capra's later pictures remain to be rediscovered. What remains undeniable is the scope of Ca-pra's con- siderable achievements in the 1930s, which would influence subsequent gen- erations of American film- makers from Preston Sturges to Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese to the Coen brothers. (Continued on Page 13) Italian Festa @ WALTHAM COMMON Saturday, May 31 't - 11:00 AM - 8:30 PM FOOD MUSIC * SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES RAFFLES VENDORS/CRAFTERS FACE PAINTING BALLOON ART CHILDREN'S GAMES/ACTIVITIES INFLATABLES A fun-filled day celebrating our Italian heritage and the 100 th anniversary of the Massachusetts Order Sons of Italy in America. Hosted by Regina Margherita di Savoia Mixed Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy. Proceeds of the Festa go to charity and scholarships. For information, contact Carol at 508-655-2099 or momsswans@yahoo.com I