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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 25, 2011 byJ-Iilda hi. Morrill Boston Lyric Opera's "Hocus Pocus Gala" co-chairs, left to right, Alan Dynner & Lisa Greiner, Willa & Taylor Bodman. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Boston Lyric Opera's recent Annual Gala Fund- raiser brought an elegant and "otherworldly" celebra- tion of the supernatural to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. "Hocus Pocus: An Operatic Trip to the Dark Side" fea- tured cocktails and dinner interspersed with ghost sto- ries, tall tales, and music of beguilement and incanta- tion. It was a perfect celebra- tion of Halloween. BLO Artistic Advisor and recent NEA Opera Honors recipient John Conklin con- jured the evening's theatri- cal program featuring perfor- mances by mezzo-soprano Dorothy Byrne, BLO Emerg- ing Artists, and other ex- traordinary singers. The event was co-chaired by Willa & Taylor Bodman of Cambridge and Alan Dynner & Lisa Greiner of Boston. Guests were encouraged to wear Black tie or "occult couture." Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera com- pany. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artisti- cally excellent productions of \\; Sandra Ourusoff and Holt Massey remove their masks for a photo op. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Noted fashionista Tonya Mezrich strikes a pose for the camera. (Photo by Roger Farrington) a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audi- ences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four produc- tions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in a different location. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about upcoming programs, visit ....... The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently announced that it will close for nine weeks this winter to complete the final stages of construction and preser- vation work in order to pre- pare for the opening of the new Renzo Piano-designed wing and the restored Tap- estry Room. The brief closure period will end on Thursday, Janu- ary 19, 2012 when the museum opens its new wing to the public. "We are fortunate to have remained open for the majority of the construction schedule with the least amount of impact on the pub- lic during this period. We now need this time to put the important finishing touches on the spaces and to prepare for our opening celebrations in January. We look forward to the unveiling of the new wing and refreshed Pal- I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 BLO directors Jane Akin, left, and Linda Cabot Black wore perfect costumes for visiting Oz. (Photo by Roger Farrington) ace galleries and welcom- ing the public back to the Gardner," said Anne Hawley, the Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the museum. During the closed period, museum staff will move visi- tor amenities into the new wing, install three opening exhibitions, and complete preservation and conserva- tion work in the historic galleries including the completion of its decade-long upgrade of lighting and res- toration of the Tapestry Room. ....... Reminder: On De- cember 4, the famous chef, restaurateur and book au- thor Lidia Bastianich will cook live on stage at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) She will take guests on a virtual road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking with a live cooking demonstration, Q&A, "Lidia's Italy in America" book sign- ing, and a raffle. Four lucky audience members will even be invited up on stage to eat at Lidia's table. Even before the show be- gins, audience members will enjoy samples of Banff wines and Bauli panettone. When everyone is seated in front of the stage, sisters Carla and Christina Pallotta, local chefs and owners of Nebo in Boston's North End, will kick off this "delicious event" with a cooking dem- onstration of their own. Following the Pallotta sis- ters' demonstration, Lidia will entertain the crowd with a four-course Italian meal cooking demo including stuffed artichokes, rigatoni boscaiolo, chicken sorren- tino, and zuppa inglese. The meal will be capped of with a delicious homemade panettone. As always, Lidia will close out the evening with her favorite words: "Tutti a tavola mangiare!" For tickets and more infor- mation, call 978-454-2299. (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 J USTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM www..J USTINEYAN DLEPHOTOGRAPH YCOM