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Friday, September 18, 2009


The new season promises a wealth of artistic performances

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot…

–Shakespeare, Henry V, III, I, 31.

A new season of performance art is “straining upon the start.” Right here in Carlisle, the Savoyard Light Opera Company will perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance in Corey Auditorium, November 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22. The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) begins its year of concerts at the Carlisle Congregational Church on October 22, and the Union Hall Coffeehouse has published an eight-event schedule running through June 10, when legendary folksinger Tom Rush will appear. The next coffeehouse event is the Brooklyn-based quartet, the Wiyos, on October 10. Information and tickets are available at

Check the Carlisle School website ( for information about Carlisle’s new Community Chorus, which is open to all and rehearses at Carlisle Public School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. The Concord and Westford Choruses, Concord Women’s Chorus and Colonial Spirit Choruses are now holding their first rehearsals and auditions. If you are interested in singing or in listening to great local music, check their websites for schedules.

Nearby, the Concord Players’ season begins November 6 to 21 with Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by The Man Who Came to Dinner, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart in February and the Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, in the spring. If you’re bent on performance, keep an eye on the Mosquito for audition announcements for their winter and spring productions. For more information, visit

For children’s theater devotees, the Concord Youth Theater will open with the musical Snoopy!!! which will run October 16 to 25 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from November 6 to 15. Performers in grades 9 to 12 may audition for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee beginning October 21 for the December performances. Visit for details.

Concord-Carlisle High School plans its first band concert for October 28, with the first chorus concert following on November 5, an orchestra concert on November 17 and a musical opening December 1. Details about these performances will follow in the Mosquito, and can be accessed at the high school’s website,

Dance Prism of Concord opens with an original ballet for all ages, The Magic of Merlin, in Andover on October 18 and in Littleton on October 25. Their annual December production of The Nutcracker begins in late November. Check their website,, for audition and performance information.

Turning our compass north, Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theater (MRT) is now running Flings and Eros, by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, and will open Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer in October, followed by five more shows for their season. Find them at The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra’s schedule begins November 14 with a concert featuring Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture. For more information, visit

The fourth season of the wonderful movie performances of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, shown at area movie theaters (including the Lowell Cinema) begins October 10 with Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. This is a comfortable and reasonably priced way to view the Lincoln Center performances of one of the world’s greatest opera companies and tickets tend to sell out early. For details, visit the Metropolitan Opera’s website at You can purchase single tickets ahead of time at most of the local cinemas showing the operas and online at by using the advance search.

In addition to a rich menu of cultural offerings very close to home, the compass turns southeast toward Boston, where an exciting new season of theater, ballet, museum and gallery events and music is already underway. For those on a budget, half-price tickets can be found at or, in person, on the day of the event, at their booths in Faneuil Hall and Copley Square. Great performances for reasonable ticket prices are also available at Boston’s colleges, universities and conservatories.

The list goes on, but this should give us a start. Even in a year when we are all watching our pennies, there is a great deal out there to enrich our lives without costing the earth and lots of local culture to support and enjoy. “The game’s afoot!” ∆

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