“Good Morning, Starshine. The Earth says “hello.” You twinkle above us, we twinkle below...” Those are the opening lyrics to a song from the musical, "Hair." Would that be the song you’d want to take with you to Mars? Or maybe…. "Mars, the Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets?”
As always, this Fall there are an astonishing number of spectacular classical music concert events happening in Boston. It might actually be impossible to get to them all without some Harry Potter magic. But, in the coming days I will blog on events that without a doubt I will be in the audience for. First up, these three must see "imported goodies."
American composer Julia Wolfe has won one of the biggest windfalls in the arts world. She is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, recipients of the so-called "genius grants" given to a wide range of talented figures from the arts, humanities, sciences and social services. The 2016 class of fellows was announced early Thursday morning.
When you think of an orchestra, you're probably picturing refined woodwoods, brass, and strings. But one ensemble I recently met is made up mostly of kids who play instruments made out of literal trash. This is the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and their group is the subject of a new documentary film.
Imagine you're a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and '70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that's deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might be, is off limits.
Many stylistic winds blow through the repertoire of The Westerlies. The unconventional brass quartet from New York (Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler, trumpets; Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch, trombones) embraces jazz, classical, new music and dance — and in this case, puts a new spin on an old British ballad.