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Friday, September 17, 2010


Experience the action and the passion

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The Carlisle Community Chorus in their concert last May. (Photo by Beth Clarke)

I was in Fenway Park to see the Red Sox win last Wednesday (they still do, sometimes). Our seats were way out beyond the foul post in right field, and obviously, we could have seen the game better on television. But that’s not why you go to Fenway Park, as any baseball aficionado will tell you, and as I heard a young student from Serbia say: “You go for the atmosphere, for the people eating the hotdogs and the cheering, to be there with everybody else.”

That’s it in a nutshell isn’t it? It’s all about sharing the action and the passion, even if that stretches Oliver Wendell Holmes’s point a bit. It’s true that you can see the singers, costumes, orchestra and sets better when you watch the Metropolitan Opera productions in a movie theater, but the movie theater cannot reproduce the atmosphere of Lincoln Center in New York where, when you feel the audience responding to those wonderful voices, you can also feel the singers responding back. It’s all about the human connection, and there is no substitute for the shared action and passion of live performance.

A new season of live performances is beginning. Have you received flyers from the Celebrity Series, the Huntington Theater and other venues in Boston? It’s just down the road and we are lucky to be able to choose from such a great variety of performances. We are taking in Pilobolus (part of the Celebrity Series) in December; this dance/acrobatic troupe is a live experience not far removed from Cirque du Soleil, but more intimate. We also plan to catch the master tap dancer, Savion Glover, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s rich baritone in recital. Both the Huntington and A.R.T. are offering a new season of repertory theater, as is, closer to home, the Merrimack Rep in Lowell.

And, speaking of closer to home, we have our own Savoyard Light Opera Company presenting the classic Meredith Wilson musical, The Music Man, right here in the Carlisle School’s Corey Auditorium in November, and the Concord Players, over at 51 Walden in Concord, opening with the heartwarming and quirky romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey, in the same month. The Concord Band, who opened their season last weekend, is presenting a fall concert on October 23, and the Concord Orchestra presents their first concert of the year on September 26. There are still tickets to see this weekend’s final performances of New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater’s new Song on the Wind at Emerson Umbrella, (40 Stow Street, Concord) celebrating the Native Americans of our area, and the Lexington Symphony at Cary Hall, Lexington, on September 25.

Local choruses are also preparing fall and winter concerts. The Concord Women’s Chorus, Masterworks Chorale in Cambridge, and Concord and Westford Choruses will all be performing in the area this fall. Our own Carlisle Community Chorus began rehearsals on Monday night for their first concert in January.

In addition, live performances and activities of all sorts are part of Concord’s year-long celebration of its 375th birthday. You can find a schedule of events at and more information about these events in upcoming issues of the Mosquito.

No matter what your interests are, there are live performances out there for you. Savor the atmosphere, make the connection with the people; there’s nothing like being there sharing the action and the passion.

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