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HAIR National Tour Comes to Boston Mass in B Minor Cantata Singers perform Bach's masterpiece

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Orgasm, Inc. Exploring Female Pleasure

Furniture Divas Celebrating Women Furniture Makers

Elo Experience Boston Ballet's Jorma Elo

Steel Burkhardt and Paris Remillard in the HAIR National tour. PHOTO: Joan Marcus

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Cantata Singers

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Founded in 1964 to prepare and present what was then a long-neglected repertoire — the cantatas of J.S. Bach — Cantata Singers has since been led by such distinguished music directors as John Harbison, John Ferris, and, now in his twenty- eighth year with the ensemble, David Hoose. Under Mr. Hoose’s direction, the group has commissioned and premiered ten major choral-orchestral works, the first of which, John Harbison’s The Flight Into  MARCH 2011 | WWW.ENCOREMAG.COM

Egypt, won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This March Cantata Singers celebrates its Ralph Vaughan Williams season by presenting one of Vaughan Williams’ favorite works by Bach, the Mass in B Minor. According to Hoose, it is the sheer emotion and limitless skill evident in the Mass that accounts for its importance in the Baroque repertoire. “The music of Mass in B Minor grabs us the first time we hear it and then reveals more with each hearing. It invites us in, sparking our imagination, metabolism and emotions. It rewards the mind and heart with a journey that seems different and deeper when we return.” Bach’s Mass in B Minor is widely hailed as a monumental work of the late Baroque period. Even though it is a Catholic Mass created by a Lutheran musical preacher, the Mass in B Minor is a universal work.

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Noted for compelling programming, exceptional artistry, and eloquent performances, Cantata Singers offers Boston-area audiences a range of musical events, consistently recognized as engaging, nuanced and penetrating. With a repertoire that includes works from the seventeenth century to the present day, Cantata Singers’ commitment and dedication to challenging programming, including the commissioning of new works, was acknowledged in 1995 when the group was awarded the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.


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believed there was a story—government officials, think-tank experts, and even U.S. customs officials told me that Afghanistan had no real businesswomen. “Your interviews should only take about half a day,” one government official told me, joking that there were no women entrepreneurs in the country. “What are you going to do with the rest of your time?” Kamela’s story proved them wrong. Not only was she an entrepreneur then working on her third start-up, but she had gotten her start during the Taliban. She and other young women like her had turned to business and become breadwinners at a time when they weren’t even supposed to be on the street. Their home business turned into their neighborhood’s lifeline, and Kamela had gone on to become one of the most powerful examples of the potential of women in business I had ever seen. Hear more from Gayle Tzemach Lemmon at the Harvard Book Store reading series: Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM.


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It was a short time ago when the idea of a rock musical on Broadway seemed absurd. Yet when James Rado and the late Gerome Ragni, who wrote the book and lyrics for Hair, initially tried to interest Broadway producers in the show, there were no takers. And that was precisely why Rado and Ragni set their sights on Broadway. “We wanted to reach the uptown crowd and shake things up,” says Rado. “The subject matter was unlike anything that had been done on Broadway.” Hair follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with 

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drugs and burn draft cards, the show resonates with an irresistible message of hope. Jump ahead 43 years, and much of our story is the same. And, out of the haze comes the same refreshing voice. The musical stands the test of time with its energetic performances, uplifting music and joyous singing. And the show’s timelessness was validated when the recent production, directed by Diane Paulus, won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Ms. Paulus was nominated for the Best Director Tony Award for her revival of the show. The revival is considerably different from the original Broadway production. The premise and the characters have stayed the same, but the details have changed. “The idea was to write a show about hippies, about the ‘peace/love movement,” says Rado. “The hippie movement was largely a white movement, but we wanted to have an integrated cast. So we decided to bring in black characters and address the civil rights aspects of the day. Jerry and I weren’t hippies, but the show reflected

PHOTO: Joan Marcus

The year was 1968, turmoil was dividing the country and Hair opens on Broadway providing a breath of fresh air to Broadway and to our nation. Clive Barnes, theater critic for The New York Times, enthusiastically called the show “the first Broadway musical in some time to have the authentic voice of today rather than the day before yesterday.”


Hair arrives this month to the Colonial Theatre stage helmed again by Diane Paulus, who’s also now the current Artistic Director of American Repertory Theatre (a.r.t.). She had long been a fan of the show, although she was familiar only with its incredible music. “I was a Hair fanatic,” she says, “even though I’d never seen the show.” So when she got a call from the Public asking her if she would be interested in directing a fortieth anniversary concert version of Hair in 2007, “I almost dropped the telephone. I’d fantasized about Hair for years.” In casting the show, whether for the Broadway production or the national tour, Paulus and her creative team chose young and, for the most part, unknown actors who could inhabit the characters they played. “We had to find people who made you believe in who they were onstage,” says Paulus. “They had to have the right essence, the right



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passion, the right conviction, the right kind of energy. And they had to sing like nobody’s business.” Paulus believes that Hair speaks to everyone: Democrats and Republicans, veterans and antiwar activists, hippies and preppies, those that loved the ’60s and those that loathed the ’60s, young and old. “Hair is a show of affirmation of what it means to be alive, what it means to care and have passion, what it means to get beyond our cynicism,” she says. “That’s why I’m excited about Hair going out across America. I’ve seen how it starts a dialogue across generations about this time in our history. And I’ve seen how it moves and touches and unites all kinds of people.” Rado explains, “The piece is now in the hands of real actors, who are well trained and very disciplined. They really get behind the message and the feel of the piece. Young people are coming to see Hair, and they’re loving it and relating to it. To me, Hair has gone to new heights. I think the show has even more impact now, because things that were supposed to change haven’t really changed.” More info visit: www.encoremag.com.

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our experiences, what we were going through in observing and mingling with the counterculture, with protest marches. We found the theater of the streets so exciting that we wanted to bring it to the stage.”


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The evening will be a world premiere presentation of a single work in two parts. Three commissioned works for Boston Ballet including Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, and In On Blue will be woven into the evening with four ballets created for the Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. The work will be a true hybrid, incorporating sophisticated lighting design and narrative elements spoken by two dancers. The overall effect will be to trace Elo’s journey over the last decade, drawing on his experiences as a guest artist in the U.S. and Europe as well as his artistic home, Boston. Elo, who danced with Netherlands Dans Theater for 15 years, become Boston Ballet’s Resi

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dent Choreographer in 2005 where he has since created six new works. These include Sharp Side of Dark (2002), Plan to B (2004), Carmen (2006), Brake the Eyes (2007) In On Blue (2008) and Sacre du Printemps (2009). He has also choreographed new works for New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and Finnish National Ballet, among others. Elo has won the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition choreographic prize and is a recipient of the Prince Charitable Trust Prize and the ChooSan Goh Choreographic Award in 2006. Jorma Elo was born in Finland. He first took to hockey, but then started dancing thinking it would make him more flexible; his sisters were already dancing. Then to the dismay of his parents, both doctors, he decided to become a professional dancer. Elo trained with the Finnish National Ballet School and the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. Elo was named Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet in 2005.

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The Company returns to the stage in 2011 with Elo Experience, a full-evening contemporary choreographic experience by Boston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo. His works have thrilled and surprised audiences for many years, and his vision will come together for a complete evening and transformative journey for audiences with Elo Experience.


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Now open is, Furniture Divas, a unique exhibition of the work of 15 women working in the field of studio furniture. The exhibit provides a snapshot of contemporary developments in the exciting field of studio furniture, and celebrates the contributions of these artists. Guest curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses, herself an important longstanding supporter of studio furniture, has gathered together work from a range of celebrated masters, established makers, and rising stars. Working in a variety of styles, materials, and intents, Furniture Divas features new and recent work, including a number of pieces created especially for the exhibition. New England artists represented include Vivian Beer (Somerville, Mass.), Polly Cassel (Northampton, Mass.), Jenna Goldberg (Fall 

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River, Mass.), Kristina Madsen (Southampton, Mass.), Judy Kensley McKie (Cambridge, Mass.), Rosanne Somerson (Westport, Mass.), Wendy Stayman (Conway, Mass.), Leah Woods (Portsmouth, NH) and Yoko Miyaji-Zeltserman (Medford, Mass.). Fuller Craft offers a collection, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, and special events where you can literally touch the materials and objects. Craft is an art discipline that is both intriguing and accessible. Its roots are in the creation of functional objects, but today, craft has come to be more closely aligned with the inspired ideas of artists who work primarily with their hands in materials that are tactile and familiar. Panel Discussion: Contemporary Furniture: Who's in the Studio? April 10 at 2 p.m. at Fuller Craft This panel discussion includes Guest Curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses, furniture historian and author Oscar Fitzgerald, and RISD professor Rosanne Somerson.

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Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft, is dedicated to the objects, ideas, and insight that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft.


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2UJDVP,QF  $WOKNQHMF%DL@KD/KD@RTQD Orgasm, Inc. opens this month at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film explores the strange science of female pleasure, and in the process reveals the often-warped mentality of our pharmaceutical and medical industries. The documentary opens when filmmaker Liz Canner is hired by pharmaceutical company Vivus to edit erotic videos to be used in a drug trial. It is explained to her that they are developing a drug that will be the first FDA approved "Viagra" for women that will treat a new "disease" called Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). And this is where this film's rubber hits the road. As the film shows, there’s no clear definition of FSD, which then anyone can conclude is there a problem that really needs to be treated or is it just a ‘condition’ that exists? Yet the film successfully spotlights 

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examples where the drug companies are creating and defining this disease therefore justifying a drug to treat it. After being hired, Canner soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with other medical and pharmaceutical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of profit. As the film winds down, drug companies and manufactures begin to spend millions on marketing a cure and the ‘disease’, Orgasm Inc provides an antidote to the marketing and scientific distortion, and will help to protect women from being deceived into undergoing unnecessary and possibly unsafe medical treatments. It will simply change the way you think about sex.


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