Spring Arts Listings
Covering Boston and Beyond
By: Barbara Brilliant - Mar 19, 2011
It’s April! The sights and sounds of spring are finally upon us. I, for one, could not be happier. It was a brutal winter. Coming from Canada, this winter was a reminder of all frigid things past. I guess that is why I have a special affinity for lilacs, daffodils and spring.
For the one or two people in the world whom that I did not tell, I was a musical theatre actress in Montreal many moons ago where I had the lead in “Plain and Fancy.” My musical director…the fabulous Galt McDermott.I wonder whether that time was as memorable forthe composer of Hair, Galt McDermott as it was for me.Check out this iconic musical coming to Boston this April as well as the other hot suggestions.
WHERE: COLONIAL THEATRE
WHEN: THROUGH APRIL 10
TICKETS:www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/boston OR 800-982-2787
BUZZ:The Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR is the most electric celebration on Broadway! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” "Good Morning, Starshine" and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance is UNDENIABLE. Its energy is UNBRIDLED. Its truth is UNWAVERING. It's HAIR, and IT'S TIME. While many find this show suitable for young adults (13 and older), parental discretion is advised. There is a dimly lit 20-second scene with nudity that is non-sexual in nature.
WHAT: MARC PLATT, Broadway Producer
WHERE: GANN ACADEMY
WHEN: APRIL 6, 2011
TICKETS: Jewish Film Festival $100 Fund Raiser
This is something that you won’t find often in Boston. It’s ANEVENING WITH MARC PLATT. He hails from here and went on to be the producer of Wicked, Legally Blonde on Broadway and the hit movies Jerry Maguire, Silence of the Lambs, Sleepless in Seattle and Philadelphia to mention a few.
Marc Platt will speak on his experiences and how his Jewish values have informed his career, followed by a question-and-answer session and a dessert reception.
WHAT: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Boston Lyric Opera will immerse opera and art lovers in a magical world of sleep, night and extravagant dream at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Rising opera sensation Nadine Sierra, who makes her BLO debut as Tytania in Midsummer, performs alongside actress Jennifer Ellis to breathe life into the theme, presenting an evocative collage of selections – ranging from Handel to Cole Porter, Ovid to Ogden Nash – against a backdrop of stunning images from the MFA’s collection.
WHEN:SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011 from 2 to 3 PM.
WHERE: Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
TICKETS: On sale through the MFA Box Office; $18 for BLO subscribers, MFA members, students and seniors. $22 for non-members, general admission. A Signature Reception will be held following the discussion, during which guests can mingle with performers and BLO’s creative team. Reception tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 617.542.4912 x229 or emailing Events@blo.org.
BUZZ: This presentation is part of BLO’s ongoing collaboration with the MFA to employ different art forms, including film, visual arts, theater and music, to highlight a theme in each of BLO’s 2010-2011 Season operas. The partnership began last season, and attendance has increased steadily. The presentation is paired with a casual reception for guests and artists.
ABOUT THE OPERA: William Shakespeare’s magical play and BenjaminBritten’s luminous and witty score combine to question love, loyalty and reality in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The comedic, surreal work – conducted by BLO’s new Music Director David Angus – closes BLO’s critically acclaimed 2010-2011 Season. It is also a featured performance of OPERA America’s 2011 conference, which BLO is co-hosting. The opera follows the challenges and misadventures of a group of hormonally charged young lovers and a band of amateur actors, as they weave in and out of each other’s dreams and consciousness’s in a magical night forest filled with fairies. Together, the imaginative visual world and luminous, witty score will immerse the characters and audience in a continually shifting dreamscape, in which all are infected with Britten’s mysterious spell…a dream? Or a seductive nightmare?
Performances are April 29, May 1m, 4, 6, 8m, and 10 at The Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre.
A Midsummer Night's Dream - www.BLO.org - at Boston Lyric Opera April 29 - May 10, 2011
WHAT: THE GLORIOUS ONES
WHERE:â€¨ THE ARSENAL CENTRE
WHEN: APRIL 29
TICKETS:FRIENDS UNITED DEVELOPING GENUINE ENTERTAINMENTâ€¨akaâ€¨The F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company, Inc.â€¨
BUZZ: What a bargain. 90 minutes of laughter for 420.Stephen Flaherty’s (Music) & Lynn Ahrens’ (Lyrics)â€¨celebration of the impossible complications of love and lustâ€¨in a 16th Century travelling troupe of self-obsessed actors who are completely â€¨infatuated with their own talents and any standing ovations they can marshal. These masked comedic geniuses are the creators of a lineage of icons â€¨that include Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. â€¨ â€¨They are overly dramatic megalomaniacs and emotional gymnasts. â€¨ â€¨They fall madly in love. â€¨They elope. â€¨They purchase impotent love elixirs. â€¨They navigate the choppy waters of backstage. â€¨They infuriate the French King.â€¨â€¨They go without money.â€¨They go without food.â€¨They go without connubial bliss.â€¨They go without conjugal euphoria.â€¨â€¨What they won’t go without is applause.â€¨â€¨ â€¨This one-act musical opened to rave reviews on Broadway at â€¨Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theatre on October 11, 2007.â€¨
WHAT: PATTI LUPONE, Celebrity Series
WHERE: SYMPHONY HALL
WHEN: APRIL 3, 2011 5 PM
TICKETS:Celebrity Series Box Office
CelebrityCharge: (617) 482-6661
Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm
WHAT: MFA CHIHULY: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
WHEN: APRIL 10-AUGUST 7
Check out the new and improved Museum of Fine Arts. It’s an experience worthy of you art lovers. On view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), from April 10 through August 7, 2011, Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass is an exhibition of universal appeal that presents works created over the last four decades by Dale Chihuly, one of the world's foremost artists working in glass. The exhibition features three vibrant artworks in the MFA’s soaring Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, including the 42-foot-tall Lime Green Icicle Tower, as well as nine dynamic, boldly hued glass installations in the MFA’s Ann and Graham Gund Gallery.
The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. It is supported by Highland Street Foundation. The media sponsor is The Boston Phoenix.
WHAT: EDUCATING RITA
WHERE: HUNTINGTON’S MAIN STAGE
WHEN: Through– April 10, 2011
WHERE: Huntington’s main stage, the Boston University Theatre – 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Mark Favermann Review
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
WHEN: April 27-May1
TICKETS: Box Office, online at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738
BUZZ:Grab that poodle skirt, slick back your hair and get ready to rock ‘n’ roll in 50’s style. Leading the 50’s fun-fest will be Eddie Mekka (Laverne & Shirley’s Carmine) as DJ Vince Fontaine.
WHAT: BOSTON POPS
WHEN: MAY 11 – JUNE 26
WHERE: BOSTON SYMPHONY HALL
TICKETS: SYMPHONY CHARGE
BUZZ:Continuing a 125-year tradition of bringing the best American music to audiences in New England and across the country, the legendary Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart present a spring season brimming with a rich variety of American popular music and favorite light classics. Some highlights include Linda Eder, Julia Murney, and New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke; Boston Pops Gospel Night conductor Charles Floyd; film music master and Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams; jazz trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling; bluegrass king Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder; Ray Charles protégé Ellis Hall; pop music all-star Kenny Loggins; New Orleans jazz ambassadors Dukes of Dixieland; and the great interpreter of the American Songbook, Michael Feinstein.
Here’s a POPS extra that you will want to know about. Yip Harburg wrote the lyrics and Harold Arlen the music for the best song in the last 100 years, Over The Rainbow. Now the Boston Pops is asking you to be part of the sing-along collage. â€¨To pay respect to the shared cultural heritage of the American Songbook, the Boston Pops is asking for video submissions of fans singing “Over the Rainbow” for inclusion in a video collage to be shown at Boston Pops performances throughout the season. Voted number one on the RIAA and NEA’s “Songs of the Century” list, Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” is an American Songbook selection that unites generations and ties the 2011 Spring Pops Season together—from the Opening Night Judy Garland tribute to the finale “Triple Crown” performance celebrating America’s Heartland. The signature Boston Pops sing-along has long been an audience favorite, so this year the orchestra is opening the sing-along to a national choir. Participants of all ages can submit video of themselves singing “Over the Rainbow,” by adding a video to YouTube and emailing a link and contact info to email@example.com. Videos will be featured on the Boston Pops YouTube channel, on the Boston Pops website www.bostonpops.org, and at Boston Pops performances throughout the season. All video submissions are due by Saturday, April 26, 2011.
MINOR LEAGUE BALLPARK TOUR FEATURING KENNY LOGGINS
The Boston Pops’ first Minor League Ballparks tour, which Keith Lockhart has called a “marriage between the worlds of music and sports,” will take place August 16 – 30 at stadiums in Durham, NC; Fort Mill, SC; Lawrenceville, GA; Nashville, TN; Memphis, TN; Birmingham, AL; Buffalo, NY; Syracuse, NY; Rochester, NY; and New Britain, CT. The “Hollywood Hits” tour, featuring iconic singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, draws inspiration from three of America’s favorite pastimes—baseball, movies, and rock ‘n’ roll. Legendary film music themes weave the tour together, with tunes from one of the most memorable baseball films of our time, The Natural, a tribute to renowned film composer John Williams, and Kenny Loggins singing “Footloose,” from the ever-popular film of the same name.
SPONSORSHIPS Opening Night at Pops and the entire 2011 Boston Pops season are sponsored by Fidelity Investments. The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is the Official Hotel of the Boston Pops, and Sponsor of the June 15th American Icons concert. The Hooray for Hollywood Series (May 25 - 28) is sponsored by Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation. Commonwealth Worldwide is the Official Chauffeured Transportation Provider of the Boston Pops. American Airlines is the Airline Partner of the Boston Pops.
BOSTON POPS 2011 SEASON PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS WEEK BY WEEK, MAY 11-JUNE 18
WEEK ONE, MAY 11-14 OPENING NIGHT, MAY 11
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops kick off the 2011 Spring Pops Season on Wednesday, May 11, with a gala Opening Night tribute to the music of Judy Garland featuring Broadway darling Linda Eder. Ms. Eder’s brilliant vocals are showcased on her new CD Now, which hits stores just before the start of the Pops season on March 1, 2011. She will be heard in full force on Opening Night at Pops, sharing favorites such as “By Myself,” “Me and My Shadow,” “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” and “Over the Rainbow.” The May 11 festivities will include a complimentary pre-concert reception, complete with chilled champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Keith and Linda repeat the inaugural program on May 12 and 13.
FAMILY CONCERT (May 14)
The Boston Pops swing open the doors of Symphony Hall to all on May 14, for a matinee Family Concert led by conductor Keith Lockhart. Appropriate for children of all ages, this concert will introduce young people to the best music of the Boston Pops, including light classical, Broadway, jazz, and patriotic tunes. The program will include youth-friendly selections from Harry Potter, Star Wars, and ET. Children will also be introduced to the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, and Mahalia Jackson, when charismatic trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling steps on the stage to pay tribute to these three great icons of American music. Aspiring young musicians are also certain to be inspired when the high school winner of the BSO’s Youth Concerto Competition performs a piece with the Pops.
WEEK TWO, MAY 17-21 MARDI GRAS IN MAY WITH THE DUKES OF DIXIELAND (May 17 & 18)
Mardi Gras comes twice this year thanks to Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Audiences will be transported around the world in a performance of music from Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. DvoÅ™ák’s “Carnival Overture” and other light classical pieces open the concert, and the intoxicating bossa-nova and Samba rhythms from Brazil take a prominent role with tunes such as "Theme from Black Orpheus” and “Brazil,” during the second set. The Dukes of Dixieland fuse their authentic New Orleans sound with the Pops for the program’s energetic close.
WEEK THREE, MAY 24-28 CLASSIC POPS (May 24)
Continuing a 125-year tradition, this Classic Pops concert taps into the Pops legacy for an Arthur Fiedler-style concert of Broadway, jazz, and light classical music. Some of Leroy Anderson’s most popular tunes will be featured, and audiences will be invited to join in a “Howlin’ at the Moon” sing-along, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” Moon River,” and “Bad Moon Rising.”
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD AND A TRIBUTE TO AUDREY HEPBURN (May 25, 26, & 28)
John Williams may be known for his famous film scores including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter, but he’s also written many orchestral works that showcase the talented musicians of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. On May 25, the first night of the Boston Pops Laureate Conductor’s three performances at Symphony Hall, Mr. Williams will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Oboe, written especially for principal Pops oboist Keisuke Wakao. Film footage will be featured alongside the Hollywood scores during much of the second half of the performance. In addition to a special tribute to Audrey Hepburn, this program will feature a tribute to the heroes of film, including the Suite from Casablanca, and music inspired by the villains of the silver screen including selections from Dracula, and the “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back.
WEEK FOUR, MAY 31 - JUNE 4â€¨MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK (May 31 & June 1)
Michael Feinstein, whose tremendous vocal talent is matched with an archivist’s instinct, will join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on May 31 and June 1 for an exploration of America’s beloved songs. Known as the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Mr. Feinstein will add his special voice to Boston Pops renditions of some of the best tunes from a century of great American music. This two-part program will first feature light classical pieces, such as selections from Aaron Copland’s cowboy ballet Rodeo, before Mr. Feinstein brings his Rat Pack charm to the Symphony Hall stage to perform tunes from the Frank Sinatra Songbook for the second half of the performance.
2011 YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION AT THE BOSTON POPS PRESENTED BY FIDELITY INVESTMENTS, JUNE 1
Following its phenomenal success in 2009 and 2010, the Young Artists Competition presented by Fidelity Investments (formerly known as Fidelity FutureStage) returns to Symphony Hall in 2011. Created by Fidelity Investments to expand its long-standing support of the arts through music and arts education programs in local communities, the Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops is open to full-time students grades 9 -12 attending any public high school in Boston or Cambridge. Up to four instrumental and/or vocal grand prize winners will be selected to perform at a special Boston Pops Concert on June 1 at Symphony Hall. Applications for the 2011 music competition are now available and will be accepted through March 4, 2011. For more information and application details, visit www.bostonpops.org or www.futurestage.com.
ELLIS HALL CELEBRATES AMERICAN ICONS (June 3 & 4)
A series of 2011 Pops concerts will pay tribute to American Icons, showcasing such great innovators of the American Songbook as Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and George Gershwin. These concerts will launch with a performance featuring virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Ellis Hall on June 3 and 4. Mr. Hall will pay tribute to some of the icons of soul when the former lead singer of Tower of Power joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for an evening of Motown classics. As the first and only artist to sign to Ray Charles’ own record label, Ellis Hall is arguably the best living artist to recall the soulful legends of rhythm and blues.
WEEK FIVE, JUNE 7-10 THE SWINGLE SINGERS AND THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK (June 7 – 10)
On June 7, 9, and 10, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops invite the celebrated Swingle Singers for a flip through the later pages of the American Songbook. These concerts will celebrate music from the second half of the 20th century, with a focus on “creative cool” from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and the music of The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Joni Mitchell. This program also features a Boston Pops sing-along to include Kool and the Gang’s “Celebrate” and Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
PRESIDENTS AT POPS (June 8)
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston's corporate community celebrate the 30th annual Presidents at Popon Wednesday, June 8, at Symphony Hall. The BSO's largest fundraising event, Presidents at Pops is designed for Boston business leaders and their guests. Combined with its sister event, A Company Christmas at Pops, Presidents at Pops has helped to raise over $39 million since its inception in 1982. Presidents at Pops raised $900,000 last year, which was $75,000 over target, and a $1 million goal has been set for the 2011 event. Further details about this gala fundraiser, including the celebrity guest artist, will be announced
WEEK SIX, JUNE 14-18 THOMAS WILKINS CELEBRATES AMERICAN ICONS (June 14 – 15)
The American Songbook would be nearly empty without the giant steps taken by the jazz greats. On June 14 and 15, Thomas Wilkins, who was recently announced as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Youth and Family Concerts Conductor through 2013, will bring his charismatic and engaging concert leadership to a celebration of American icons Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and George Gershwin. Returning guest artist Byron Stripling lends his bold vocals and bright trumpet riffs to these swinging performances. Boston Pops principal clarinetist Thomas Martin also takes center stage for the Benny Goodman tribute.
BROADWAY AND THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK (June 16 & 17)
The Big Apple comes to Boston on June 16 and 17, when the Boston Pops welcomes New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke to the Symphony Hall podium. One of the country’s leading Pops conductors, Mr. Reineke, joined by Broadway heavyweights Stephanie J. Block and Julia Murney, will perform selections from the American Songbook. Ms. Block and Ms. Murney will lend their soaring voices to some of the most popular hits from musical theater, including “Defying Gravity” and “The Wizard and I,” from the musical Wicked, in which both divas played Elphaba, the leading role.
GOSPEL NIGHT AT POPS (June 18)
Charles Floyd brings the Boston Pops Gospel Choir, his all-volunteer spirit-raising chorus, for an evening of traditional and contemporary American gospel music. One of the most popular programs every year, Gospel Night delights audiences with a lively sense of passion and celebration. Charles Floyd has brought Symphony Hall to life with Gospel Night at Pops since 1994.
WEEK SEVEN, JUNE 21-26 AMERICAN PASTIMES WITH KENNY LOGGINS (June 21 & 22)
America’s Orchestra honors America’s favorite pastime with Grammy-winning soft rocker Kenny Loggins on June 21 and 22. Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops and Mr. Loggins in a program of music from the Pops chart-topping 2009 CD The Red Sox Album. Selections will include “Casey at the Bat,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and “Sweet Caroline,” as well as some of the best film music of recent years. Kenny Loggins will also perform some of his most popular songs including “This is It,” “Celebrate Me Home,” and “Footloose.” These performances are a sneak-peek of the Boston Pops’ first ever tour of minor league baseball parks this summer from August 16 to 30. The “Hollywood Hits” tour featuring Kenny Loggins will stop at ballparks in ten cities from Birmingham, Alabama to Buffalo, New York. Please click here for additional details.
KEITH LOCKHART CELEBRATES AMERICAN ICONS (June 23 & 24)
America’s Orchestra and Keith Lockhart celebrate the musical legacies of Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin in the 2011 Spring Pops Season’s final tribute to American musical icons. The concerts’ two-part program will first feature such Richard Rodgers classics as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” and “The Sound of Music,” before switching the focus to George and Ira Gershwin’s prolific careers with “An American in Paris” and “I Got Rhythm.” Canadian soprano Kathleen Brett and actor/vocalist Ron Raines will be featured during these memorable performances.
TRIPLE CROWN WITH RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER (June 25 & 26)
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder ride into Symphony Hall for a Lockhart-led Boston Pops performance featuring the music of the recent films Seabiscuit and Secretariat and classical pieces such as the William Tell overture. Expect a rousing “Call to the Post” from the trumpets to kick off this celebration of America’s love of horses, through the music of the Heartland. Ricky Skaggs has stacked up fourteen Grammys for his acclaimed bluegrass and the pickers in his band Kentucky Thunder have been part of eight of these awards. Derby hats are recommended for concert attire and the celebrated Armenian soprano HasmikPapian will also feature in the June 25 performances.
BOSTON POPS PERFORM ON THE CHARLES RIVER ESPLANADE, JULY 4
Always a summer highlight, the Pops will once again throw one of the country’s largest Fourth-of-July parties on the Charles River Esplanade with a special guest artist to be announced at later date. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, in its 38th year, is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Group, one of America's leading insurers, offering auto, home and life insurance for individuals and families, and a variety of insurance products and services for businesses.
BOSTON POPS PERFORM AT TANGLEWOOD, HYANNIS, AND NANTUCKET
The Boston Pops has a full summer schedule with three concerts during the 2011 Tanglewood Season as well as performances in Hyannis, Nantucket, and on the Charles River Esplanade for the annual July 4 celebration. At Tanglewood conductor John Williams will lead a concert featuring James Taylor on Friday, July 1. Maestro Williams will also lead the orchestra during the annual Film Night on Saturday, August 20. This concert features famed actor Morgan Freeman as a guest narrator and special guest Gil Shaham on violin. Also at Tanglewood, Keith Lockhart will conduct the Pops in “A Tribute to Cole Porter” on Sunday afternoon, July 17, with Broadway vocalists Kelli O’Hara and Jason Danieley. Ms. O’Hara and Mr. Danieley rejoin the Pops on Saturday, August 6, at the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in Bethel Woods, NY, and on Sunday, August 7, on the Town Green in Hyannis for additional performances of the Cole Porter set. These performances will be led by conductor Robert Bernhardt. Keith Lockhart also leads the Pops under the sun on Jetties Beach in Nantucket, MA with guest performer Carly Simon on Saturday, August 13.
TICKET AND SPONSORHIP INFORMATION TICKET INFORMATION Tickets for the 2011 Boston Pops season at Symphony Hall, priced from $21-$121, go on sale at 8 AM at www.bostonpops.org and 10 AM at 617-266-1200 on March 21. All performances start at 8 PM with the exception of a 3 PM concert on May 4 and a 7:30 PM concert on June 26. Tickets for “Opening Night at Pops” on May 11 are priced from $40 to $121.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.bostonpops.org or by phone through SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (with a $5.50 handling fee for each ticket ordered online or by phone). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Symphony Hall box office, open 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 PM on Saturday. On concert days during the Pops Season, the box office remains open until 8:30 PM Most major credit cards and cash are accepted at the box office. For Group Sales of 25 or more, please call 617-638-9345 or 800-933-4255.
Ticket packages to the 30th annual Presidents at Pops, start at $5,500 and include floor and balcony tickets with a sponsor page in the evening's commemorative program book. Lead Sponsorships are available from $15,000 to $50,000, and include premium seating, full-color sponsor pages, tickets to an exclusive Pops Boat Cruise and Esplanade Concert on July 3, as well as recognition throughout the Pops season.
The Boston Symphony has a dedicated line for disabled patrons who would like to purchase tickets to BSO, Boston Pops, or Tanglewood concerts, or who need information about disability services at Symphony Hall or Tanglewood. This line can be reached by dialing 617-638-9431. For access via TDD/TTY, please call 617-638-9289. Patrons with disabilities can access Symphony Hall through the Cohen Wing on Huntington Avenue or through the Massachusetts Avenue entrance.
Boston Ballet’s 2011-2012 season begins on Saturday, October 29 with Night of Stars followed by Cranko’sRomeo and Juliet, November 3-13, and Nissinen’sThe Nutcracker, November 25-December 31. After more than 20 years on stage, the 2011 Nutcracker run will mark the final season that the current production by Helen Pond and Herbert Senn, and costumes by David Walker, will be presented. The Company returns to the stage in 2012 with a repertory program, featuring Florence Clerc’s world premiere staging of Les Sylphides, Christopher Wheeldon’sPolyphonia, and George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, February 9-19, 2012.Boston Ballet is hosting a ‘Your Choice’ online contest now through April 7, allowing fans to pick the name of this program. For more information visit www.bostonballet.org/yourchoice