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Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is known as something of a Bach specialist but as David Weininger notes in his review of her recital this past Sunday, Ms. Hewitt has range:
"First up in the second half were the first two Valse-caprices by Faure,
works clearly influenced by Chopin. The music, varying between
exuberance and reverie, is of limited depth, but Hewitt gave it exactly
the wit and sparkle it needed, using a full palette of colors, nuanced
tone, and rippling phrases. She also made its considerable technical
hurdles seem like no big deal."
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago completed a Celebrity Series engagement at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in early February. Nederlands Dans Theatre 2, the second company of Nederlands Dans Theatre visits Boston and the Celebrity Series on April 16 & 17 at the Tsai Performance Center.
You may have seen this on the front page of today's Boston Globe. I recommend the video included with the story on Boston.com (link below). This story happened with the help of a Boston Globe reporter Maria Cramer. Yet another reason why we need reporters. Thanks, Maria Cramer! Thanks, Globe!
Now you, too, can see the dance company that...the Obamas...saw...on Friday night. No matter how lame my tie-in might be, the fact that the first family checked out Ailey is rather heartwarming. Some parents take their kids to monster truck rallies (not that there's anything wrong with that, ahem). Here's the AP story.
President Carter once gave Cecil Taylor a hug and sang Salt Peanuts with Dizzy Gillespie on The White House lawn, so I don't mean to imply that the Obamas are the only First Family to check out the arts in some breadth. Still it's a refreshing thing.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Doug Varone's "Constant Shift of Pulse"
Here's a taste of Karen Campbell's typically thorough review:
"Swedish choreographer Johan Inger may not be a common name among dance
lovers in the United States, but surely it's only a matter of time. His 'Walking Mad' on last night's sold-out Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
program at the Cutler Majestic Theatre was the evening's riotous hit, a
clever, surreal romp set to Ravel's 'Bolero.' Choreographed in 2001 for
the Nederlands Dans Theater, with which Inger performed in the 1990s,
the "mad" in "Walking Mad" evokes both connotations, but it is a
slightly daft quality that gives the work its charm."
Jeremy Eichler reviewed Saturday evening's Jordan Hall performance by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violinist Chritian Tetzlaff for today's Boston Globe. I think he liked it:
". . .these two superb artists did not let up, keeping the audience on
the edge of its seat for the length of this two-hour recital, surely
one of the best things presented by the Celebrity
Series this season. There was no filler repertoire, no playful banter,
no virtuoso showpieces to whip the hall into a frenzy. Both artists are
in demand as soloists, yet neither one is a household name of the kind
that draws big crowds and standing ovations just by showing up and
flipping on the auto-pilot."
"Surely one of the best things presented by the Celebrity Series this season"? Hmm. Now, I don't disagree, but (surely) the Romeros Guitar Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, or Dresden Staatskapelle were worth consideration, yes? David Sedaris was on his game back in October, too, he kept his audience on the edge of their seats. Not a lot of auto-pilot performances here (wink).