Yes. It's true. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the most typographically-savvy presidential campaign ever has come to a close and Mr. B-Rock Obama will be in office for four more years. What better way to celebrate this than enjoying some ARTS? Therefore, I present to you #OnTheTown: The one where we still have federal arts funding!
(I so promise this is my last political #OnTheTown for a while—but come on, we only elect a President every four years!)
Tweet me @khemingway when you stick it to Mittens—pardon, I mean go out and enjoy art.
MOZART JUPITER @ HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
The upcoming program at H&H is a celebration of the symphony—in fact, it features the last symphony Mozart ever composed, Jupiter! It's unknown whether this was performed during Mozart's lifetime or if the program it was intended for was cancelled due to lack of interest (kind of like Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions).
☞ After the November 9 performance, H&H kicks off its H2 Young Professionals program for the season with its Of Gods and Men afterparty at Lucca Back Bay, free to all ticketholders. Patrons under 40 always get $30 tickets to all concerts through H2.
Mozart Jupiter: Conducted by Bernard Labadie. At Symphony Hall; 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; 617-266-3605; handelandhaydn.org. November 9 & 11 only. @handelandhaydn
THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE @ BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT
Marriage! Religion! Guns! It's like composer/librettist Michael Tippett was writing a song about the hot button issues of the 2012 Presidential election! This 1955 opera set in the present day surrounds two couples on the verge of marriage. Presented in concert at Jordan Hall under the capable baton of conductor Gil Rose, this is sure to be an evening of fantastic music!
The Midsummer Marriage: By Michael Tippett; Conducted by Gil Rose. At Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; 617-585-1260; bmop.org. November 10 only. @bmopmusic
KINGS, QUEENS, AND COURTIERS: ROYALTY ON PAPER @ MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
Much the equivalent of today's Fired Big Bird meme, this exhibit of works from the 16th century through 1900 deal with the representation of the aristocracy on paper. In several instances, the same subject is dealt with through various lenses (propaganda, criticism). What a timely exhibition—who wants to join me in visiting dressed as Big Bird?!
☞ Admission to the MFA is always free on Wednesday nights.
Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 617-267-9300; mfa.org. Through June 16, 2013. @mfaboston