Friday, February 8, 2002
School vacation hijinks at CYT
Concord Youth Theatre welcomes back Peter Gould and Stephen Stearns, those madcap funnymen, this time in their original version of Jack and the Beanstalk in two shows on Wednesday, February 20 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Concord Youth Theatre (CYT) in the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord. All seats are $8.50 and tickets are available through the CYT box office at 1-978-371-1482.
"Fee Fie Fo Fun!" is Gould and Stearns's classic improvisation and audience involvement piece a roguishly irreverent retelling. The basic plot is there, but the Giant is Jack's father, the hen is a goose in a tutu, and there's usually a chain saw to cut the beanstalk down. Children love the show, but their parents and teachers love it more. Buy tickets in advance these shows might be a sell out.
Domestic violence through Muslim eyes
"A Muslim's View of Domestic Violence" will be the topic of a presentation at 8 p.m. on February 11 at the Concord Police Station sponsored by the Network for Women's Lives.
Afshan Kirmani, a Muslim living in the United States, will be the guest speaker.
The Network for Women's Lives is committed to collaborative efforts with community organizations to assist victims of domestic violence. It sponsors such programs as support groups for women with controlling partners; the Rachel's Box Project, wooden boxes placed throughout the community to offer information and support resources concerning domestic violence; and ongoing community education and outreach. The Network serves the communities in Central Middlesex County.
The presentation is open to the public. For further information, call 1-978-287-4089.
Concord Players present Sideman
The Concord Players present their second show of the season, Sideman, on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22 and 23. This portrait of the jazz era, by Warren Leight, will be performed at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Performances are at 8 p.m. (matinee at 2:30 p.m.). Tickets are $14 ($12 for matinee) and may be purchased at the Harness Shop or by calling 1-978-369-2990.
This emotional, moving drama takes the audience to the waning days of the jazz era, and one family's poignant story. The sidemen of the title talented, supporting jazz musicians are colorful characters, obsessed with their music and where their next gig will take them, to the detriment of their family life.
To find out more about Sideman or the Concord Players, check out their web site at www.concordplayers.org.
Concert review German music of the
17th and 18th century from Early Music Society
On January 31, neither sleet nor storm could keep a hardy audience of more than 50 people from attending the winter Chamber Music by Candlelight concert presented at Union Hall by the Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM). The two performers, playing music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, are internationally renowned. Ingrid Matthews played a 1704 baroque violin. Byron Schenkman, played a contemporary copy of a sonorous baroque harpsichord. Two major works on the program were by Johann Sebastian Bach. In addition, listeners heard music by Johann Kaspar Kerll, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Georg Mufat. While the latter three are not well known today, they were highly respected and influential composers in the late seventeenth century.
Both performers are virtuosos. Matthews succeeded in producing a wonderfully familiar baroque sound. The audience's ears quickly became attuned to the many gradations of tone and color in the violin's middle and lower registers. Baroque violins, with their sheep gut strings, do not produce the loud, intense sounds found in the high register of modern violins. Her dynamics and nuances made the performance extremely pleasurable. She demonstrated great understanding of the music, and showed marvelous facility on the violin's fingerboard and with her bow. The sound and intonation, whether in single notes or double-stops, were lovely.
Schenkman is a master of the harpsichord. Through the instrument he projected a great understanding of musical line. Also, in the words of James Nicholson, double virginal performer at the last CSEM concert, Schenkman's beautiful and stunning ornamentation was "organic" to the music. He, too, played with great facility and energy.
The intense concentration shown by both performers, as soloists and in the three ensemble pieces, was palpable to the audience. There was also a good bit of body movement. These reviewers never felt that the artists' movements and body language were signs of showmanship, but rather part of their ways of expressing the music.
This intensity may have contributed to Matthews starting to play the Bach Partita in D minor almost directly from the Schmelzer sonata, without a moment for the audience to applaud the first piece. People were left a bit confused.
At the conclusion of the concert, there were numerous curtain calls, reflecting the audience's pleasure and respect for the two musicians' skills and talent. They graciously responded with an encore by Telemann.
As often as we attend these CSEM concerts in Carlisle, we continue to consider ourselves fortunate to have this kind of wonderful music performed right in our midst. The next concert, on Thursday, March 7, will feature voices, hurdy gurdy, harp and percussion in a performance based on the "Song of Songs, a portrait of spiritual and sensual love from the Middle Ages and the Twentieth Century."
Movie Review A Walk to Remember
This is a Valentine's Day recommendation. The cast is awesome. The plot is awesome. The music is awesome. This movie deserves five stars. I loved A Walk to Remember because it is not just another teen movie. It shows that the hero, Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), does not have to be cool to be the love interest of the popular Landen Carter (Shane West). It is also great because it is a PG movie that is not babyish. My mom liked it too. This movie is probably better for girls because it is a love story, but could also be okay for guys. It may also be a little too sad at the end for little kids (even I cried), but it is good for everyone. It makes me want to read the book. In all, I think going to A Walk to Remember would be a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Time to think spring planting
The brochures are out for the Middlesex Conservation District's (MCD) spring tree sale. This year they are featuring suggestions for a moon garden. An all-white garden on moonlight nights is quite spectacular. Many plants are at their best after dark. White flowering shrubs are particularly showy and some have a fragrance that is especially delightful in the evening.
They have a selection of plants to offer this year that include popular seedlings, trees for shade, shrubs in many colors and sizes, fruit trees and berry plants, ground covers, and lots of perennials for every nook and corner of your yard. Many of these plants are Cary Award winners that are chosen by members of the New England Nursery Association and the Worcester Horticultural Society to draw attention to plants that will thrive in New England's climate.
If you have not received the brochure, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Middlesex Conservation District, 319 Littleton Road, Suite 205, Westford, MA 01886. If you would prefer to receive the brochure by e-mail, send your name, address, and e-mail address to MiddlesexCD@Juno.com. To view the plant offerings on line, visit their web site at www.middlesexconservation.org. All orders must be prepaid. Deadline for placing orders is March 18. You are responsible for picking up your order.
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