Hi friends, Kyle Thomas again! Well, this week the weather calmed down a bit and we all had a fabulous time at Opus Affair January at Park. Now it's time to get up off your butts and head out #OnTheTown for some awesome #BosArts! This week, in addition to being joined by Opus Affair founder and host Graham Wright, we also have the pleasure of introducing our first guest poster of 2014, Hailey Fuqua! Hailey is a fierce soprano who works by day at Boston Baroque and sings by night with fabulous ensembles such as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and newly-formed Terpsichore. A daring fashionista and voracious consumer of culture, you can often find Hailey and my coordinating hairstyles seated together in concert halls and theaters all around town! But enough of me, let's get to the picks!
Hailey: All Ravel @ Boston Symphony Orchestra
Veteran BSO conductor emeritus, Bernard Haitink returns to the BSO leading two weeks of exciting programming, featuring an all-Ravel program with the dazzling mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the ethereal orchestral song cycle Shéhérazade. Known in the 20th century as a great interpreter of the French orchestral repertoire, the BSO will surely shine in this program of Impressionist gems. Graham returns to Boston after a transcendent recital last season alongside fellow diva, Renée Fleming (Who will be busy as well this weekend at the Beyoncé bowl).
☞ Patrons under 40 can purchase select tickets for $20.
Boston Symphony Orchestra: At Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston; bso.org. Through February 1. @bostonsymphony
Graham: House/Divided @ ArtsEmerson
Building on the foundation of The Grapes of Wrath, House/Divided incorporates stories from the recent mortgage crisis to craft a story that is both timeless and timely. Show creators, the Builders Association, are known for blending live performance with sound, film, and photo projections, to create powerful, multimedia experiences. This production should be no exception. (Oh...and I hear Mayor Marty Walsh will be catching the show this weekend, too.)
ArtsEmerson: At Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street, Boston; artsemerson.org. Through February 2. @artsemerson.
A recipient of the Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency, Cambridge-based contemporary dance ensemble SPUNKandCompany cap their month-long exploration of the concept of instant gratification in our fast-paced society in two interactive performance showcases.
#HereandNow: At the Boston Center for the Arts; 539 Tremont Street, Boston; spunkandcodance.com. Through February 1.
Graham: Kirill Gerstein @ Celebrity Series of Boston
Kirill Gerstein falls on the other end of the multimedia spectrum: no projections, lighting effects, or other flash—just damn fine piano playing in a gorgeous classic hall. With a program mixing old favorites (Haydn, Mussorgsky, and Schumann) along with a Boston premiere, this should be a captivating night. Can't wait.
Kirill Gerstein: At Jordan Hall; 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston; celebrityseries.org. January 31 only.