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Ambassador to the Arts

It is a pleasure for me to serve as this season’s Ambassador to the Arts for the Guide for the Arts, which highlights Boston’s rich and vibrant cultural community. As the home to a wide range of museums, an acclaimed symphony, and a renowned ballet company, as well as many theaters, the city offers an artistic experience that is world class. When I was young, my parents took me to museums and other cultural places. I remember those first visits fondly, and later on the memory helped me to realize that the arts opened up the most amazing, imaginative world that can entertain and educate, and even transform our lives. As one of Boston’s great cultural institutions, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) welcomes visitors from all over the world. I look forward to sharing with you the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs. We are proud to be included in this Guide for the Arts, which is a valuable resource for discovering and exploring the very best that Boston has to offer. Please enjoy!

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A Thank You to Our Patrons

Welcome to the Boston edition of the Guide for the Arts. The arts in Boston continue to flourish, thanks to your patronage. Without your help, the Boston area arts landscape would not be the vibrant and inspiring community that you have come to know and expect. Because of people like you, Bostonians and visitors alike will be able to enjoy a great variety of performing and visual arts. It is your generosity that has helped build a metropolitan arts scene that is more than just a source of civic pride—it is envied around the world. Guide for the Arts has put together a unique and informative guide to Boston’s arts community and we encourage you to patronize the advertisers who helped make this year’s guide possible. Be sure to visit www.GuidefortheArts.com for in-depth coverage, behind the scenes arts information and our new digital guides. We hope that you enjoy this year’s Guide for the Arts. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you in the coming season. Enjoy the show!

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American Repertory Theater

The American Repertory Theater is one of the country’s most celebrated resident theaters and the winner of numerous awards. Founded in 1980, the A.R.T. has welcomed major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes new American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts, and provocative new music theater productions.

Three Pianos

Loeb Drama Center by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy with music from Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise,” Op. 89, D911 (1828) directed by Rachel Chavkin

december 7, 2011–january 8, 2012

The OBIE-winning hit music-theater event—that wowed audiences and critics alike in its sold-out runs at the OntologicalHysteric Theater and New York Theatre Workshop—is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative evening exploring Schubert’s music, life, and times. Set on a blustery winter night, three friends, each manning a piano, lead the audience through fragments of Schubert’s famous work while grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music and drinking too much. The three 12

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American Repertory Theater pianists slip into a wild reenactment of a “Schubertiad,” a musical salon party thrown by Schubert and his friends, connecting the two groups through the centuries. An evening of hilarity and heartbreak unfolds, in which the audience is invited to the party. Compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue.

The Snow Queen

Loeb Drama Center by Hans Christian Andersen directed by Allegra Libonati featuring the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2012

december 10–31, 2011

Hans Christian Andersen’s exuberant ode to childhood comes to life in this new adaptation of The Snow Queen, featuring the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2012. When a young boy named Kai is kidnapped by a wicked sorceress, his neighbor Gerda must embark on a perilous journey north to rescue her best friend. Allegra Libonati directs this classic fairy tale of good’s triumph over evil, sure to warm hearts of all ages.

As You Like It (A.R.T. Institute)

Loeb Drama Center by William Shakespeare featuring members of The A.R.T. /MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training Class of 2012

january 18–29, 2012

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” in Shakespeare’s beloved pastoral comedy As You Like It. This classic tale follows Rosalind and her friend Celia’s escape from a deadly conspiracy into nature’s wild, liberating arms. What follows is an unconventional romance with everything from wrestling matches to cross-dressing shepherds culminating in a finale so joyful that spring will seem just around the corner. Building on the success of the 2010–2011 Season’s sold-out Alice vs. Wonderland, As You Like It will feature members of the graduating Institute Class of 2012.

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American Repertory Theater Wild Swans

Loeb Drama Center by Jung Chang adapted by Alexandra Wood

february 11–march 11, 2012

A world premiere adaptation of Jung Chang’s international bestseller, Wild Swans chronicles a family’s survival through a century of upheaval. Banned in China, this moving story follows three generations through Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. As change sweeps over their country, the family endures their hardships through sacrifice, courage, and love.

FUTURITY: A Musical by the Lisps

Loeb Drama Center music and lyrics by César Alvarez with The Lisps book by Molly Rice and César Alvarez directed by Sarah Benson

march 16–april 15, 2012

As the Civil War rages around him, the Union soldier Julian Munro dreams of bringing peace to the world and an end to human suffering. In a series of letters with Lord Byron’s brilliant daughter Ada Lovelace, Julian attempts to invent an omnipotent steam-powered brain designed to save humanity before it destroys itself. Featuring the Indie-rock band The Lisps, this quirky new musical melds science fiction, historical narrative, and the sounds of American folk music to explore Julian and Ada’s epic fantasy of a utopian future.

Woody Says

Loeb Drama Center words and music by Woody Guthrie devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley

may 5–26, 2012

One of the most influential song writers and balladeers of the 20th century, Woody Guthrie is a musical hero of legendary proportions who transformed folk music into a vehicle for social protest and captured the adversity and hardship of a generation during the Great Depression. His music and activism paved the way for many great American music makers including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, and many more. 14 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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American Repertory Theater Woody Sez brings the giant to life in a joyous, toe-tapping, and moving theatrical portrait that uses Woody’s words and songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life. With more than 25 classic Woody tunes including “This Land is Your Land” and “Bound for Glory,” Woody Sez captures the heart and spirit of Woody Guthrie and the stories of America.

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Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio, and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School. Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners: State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker; The Boston Foundation; Jane’s Trust; Massachusetts Cultural Council; and National Endowment for the Arts. All performances are held at The Boston Opera House

Romeo and Juliet november 3–13, 2011

music, Sergei Prokofiev choreography, John Cranko Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet premiered in 1962 and was first performed by the Stuttgart Ballet. The exquisitely rendered ballet, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magnificent score, is an inspired realization of William Shakespeare’s timeless tale. While Prokofiev’s original composition initially faced heavy criticism, it has become one of the most popular of all ballet compositions. When the Stuttgart Ballet danced the American premiere of John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet in 1969, Clive Barnes wrote in The 16 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Ballet New York Times that this staging of Prokofiev’s score “is, quite simply, the best of a surprisingly distinguished bunch. Many choreographers have attempted the score…but it has been left to Cranko to give the work its complete fulfillment.” In Boston, Romeo and Juliet was met with rave reviews; The Boston Globe described it as offering “elegant dancing, eye-popping pageantry, and vivid storytelling.”

The Nutcracker november 25–december 31, 2011

music, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky choreography, Mikko Nissinen New England’s most popular winter classic, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, returns to the stage for the holiday season. Last year’s production saw record sales and sell-out performances. The Boston Herald wrote, “This year’s “Nutcracker” again served up its great score and outstanding staging as a feast for all.” The production showcases the accomplished Company dancers with more than 250 children from Boston Ballet School in Nissinen’s exquisite choreography. “We are so excited to welcome old and new friends this year to experience Boston Ballet’s current Nutcracker production one last time,” said Nissinen. “This production has brought so much joy to New England for over 20 years. Boston Ballet looks forward to continuing in that great tradition and sharing The Nutcracker’s holiday magic with the community for decades to come.”

“Your Choice” Repertory Program february 9–19, 2012 Symphony in Three Movements

music, Igor Stravinsky choreography, George Balanchine

Les Sylphides

music, Frederic Chopin choreography, Florence Clerc after Michel Fokine

Polyphonia

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Boston Ballet Wheeldon. Symphony in Three Movements is a large ensemble work, distinct in both its complexity and energy. The work is set to a score by Stravinsky, Balanchine’s long-time collaborator, and premiered in 1972 at a Stravinsky Festival at New York State Theater. The choreography, marked by its turned in movements and athletic sequences, is set to three movements originally composed by Stravinsky for three different films. Florence Clerc’s world premiere staging of Les Sylphides after Michel Fokine, is also included in this repertory program. This one-act romantic work follows a poet as he dances with ghostly sylphs in a forest. The corps de ballet is integral to the feeling and character of Les Sylphides and appears onstage throughout almost the entire work. Les Sylphides first premiered at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1908, under the title Reverie Romantique: Ballet sur la musique de Chopin. The work received its U.S. premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Century Theatre in New York in 1916. Polyphonia, Christopher Wheeldon’s playful romance for four couples, completes the program. The New York Times has described the work as “handling the classical vocabulary of Balanchine, Ashton and others without being inhibited or retro… with a constant supply or inventiveness.” Wheeldon’s mastery is displayed in his unique ability to weave classical and more contemporary dance movement in to four pas de deuxs which exude distinct qualities. Polyphonia first premiered in 2001 with New York City Ballet and has been in Boston Ballet’s repertoire since 2007. The Company presented Polyphonia to critical acclaim on the 2008 tour to Korea.

Play With Fire march 1–11, 2012 Sharp Side of Dark

music, Johann Sebastian Bach choreography, Jorma Elo

Bella Figura

music, Lukas Foss, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Allessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, and Giuseppe Torelli choreography, Jirí Kylián

Rooster

music, The Rolling Stones

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Boston Ballet choreography, Christopher Bruce Play with Fire includes a trio of contemporary works by three of today’s most noted choreographers: Jorma Elo, Jirí Kylián, and Christopher Bruce. Boston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo premiered Sharp Side of Dark with Boston Ballet in 2002. The work is choreographed to Bach’s Goldberg Variations and features large-scale architectural sets and a haunting lighting design. Play with Fire also includes Jirí Kylián’s Bella Figura. The Los Angeles Times wrote of it, “in an increasingly dark world, Kylián’s dancers are beautiful enough to give almost anyone renewed faith.” The work is tangibly sensual in its adoration and reverence toward the human body and contains partial nudity. Christopher Bruce’s Rooster completes Play with Fire. This distinct work, first premiered in 1991 with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, is set to music by The Rolling Stones. The British choreographer is known for his the unique settings and concepts of his pieces and often pulls inspiration from literature and more contemporary music. Rooster features eight wellknown tunes from The Rolling Stones’ song book, including Paint it Black, Ruby Tuesday, Lady Jane and Not Fade Away.

Don Quixote april 26–may 6, 2012

music, Ludwig Minkus choreography, Rudolph Nureyev Rudolph Nureyev’s acclaimed production of Don Quixote was last performed by Boston Ballet in 2006. The production was originally staged on Boston Ballet by Nureyev himself in 1982 when Nureyev danced the leading role of Basilo, first in Boston and then on a tour of the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. He first choreographed his version of Don Quixote in Vienna in 1966 and it would later become one of his greatest successes. Nureyev’s Don Quixote is based on the Marius Petipa-Alexander Gorsky production, familiar to him from his days with the Kirov. The focus is not on Miguel de Cervantes’ hero but on the romance between two of the novel’s minor characters, Basilo and Kirtri. The production is danced to the score by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery with sets and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis.

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Boston Ballet Fancy Free may 10–20, 2012 Fancy Free

music, Leonard Bernstein choreography, Jerome Robbins

Barber Violin Concerto

music, Samuel Barber choreography, Peter Martins

Études

music, Carl Czerny arranged by Knudage Riisäger choreographer, Harald Lander Fancy Free is headlined by Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, and includes Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Lander’s Études. Robbins’ Fancy Free was the master choreographer’s first ballet, premiered on April 18, 1944. It would become one of his greatest successes and be one of the most popular ballets in American history. Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto continues the program. This work, set to Samuel Barber, presents three movements for two couples in various pas de deuxs. Barber’s masterful music evokes distinct styles of movement from each couple from melancholy, to lyrical, to energetic. The dancers, dressed all in white, provide a blank canvas for the distinct choreography and composition of this work. Danish dancer and choreographer Harald Lander’s Études completes Fancy Free. Études is considered Lander’s most acclaimed and popular choreographic work. It has an original score by Carl Czerny, arranged by Knudage Riisäger. The oneact ballet has been referred to as “an homage to classical ballet training.” Études is a fitting way to end the 2011-2012 season.

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Boston Lyric Opera

The mission of Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is to produce artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences; to feature emerging operatic talent; and to engage and educate the community of all ages about opera. By achieving its mission, BLO ensures the future of opera in Boston and New England for generations to come.

Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi New Production based on elements of a New York City Opera production Sung in Italian with projected English translation libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffei, based on William Shakespeare’s drama

november 4–13, 2011

Verdi, master of exuberant musical excitement and creator of many of the most vivid characters in opera, slams into Shakespeare, master of almost unbearable dramatic tension and unrivalled in plumbing the depth of psychological portraiture. The result: Macbeth—bold, terrifying, hypnotic, gripping. Inspired by the mysterious prophecies of the witches and goaded by the insatiable ambitions of his wife, Macbeth plunges into a sea of blood and murder as he carves his way to the throne—a throne he feels he has been given by fate…or destiny. But upon 22 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Lyric Opera reaching his goal, he and his consort are consumed by terrifying feelings of insecurity; they must kill again and again to retain their power and are eventually overcome by corrosive guilt and remorse. Their world begins to unravel and they descend—he into a kind of eloquent nihilism, she into a kind of madness. Verdi has clothed this dramatic and frightening story in music of mighty passion: arias of loss and demonic possession, burning duets of chilling intensity, stirring choruses of mourning, military victory and malevolent sorcery. Verdi’s haunting vision of Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalk is one of his greatest creations and stands equal to Shakespeare’s iconic and masterful scene. The landscape of BLO’s Macbeth is a starkly dramatic arena of burnished metal, unrelenting grids, razor sharp angles, black voids, and slivers of blinding light. But also inhabiting this unforgiving world of military carnage, religious rigor, brutal crime, fear, guilt, and painful loss are the witches, whose uncanny energies, expressed in colorful pagan rituals, spew from the depths of the unconscious. Daniel Sutin and Carter Scott make BLO debuts, leading an exciting cast that includes Darren K. Stokes (Carmen, 2009; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011) and Richard Crawley (fill-in for Tosca, 2010), as well as John Irvin, Michelle Trainor (Hansel and Gretel, 2011) and David Cushing (Rigoletto, 2003; Thaïs, 2006; Ariadne auf Naxos, 2010; Un Ballo in Maschera, 2007; Lucie de Lammermoor, 2005; and Agrippina, 2011). David Schweizer (The Emperor of Atlantis, 2011) returns to direct, along with costume designer Nancy Leary (Emperor, 2011) and lighting designer Robert Wierzel (Agrippina, 2011, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011). BLO Music Director David Angus conducts (Idomeneo, 2010; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011). “Carter Scott…captured the character’s (Tosca’s)…emotionality as few do. Scott deserves the attention of major houses.” –Opera News “As Sharpless, baritone Daniel Sutin displays a vocal warmth suited to his touching empathy.”–The Detroit News “David Schweizer’s staging and Nancy Leary’s costumes play on the hellishness of…the work’s provenance…Mr. Schweizer’s treatment of Overall was striking for its historical omnivorousness.”–The New York Times (On BLO’s The Emperor of Atlantis, 2011) “The production is just about perfect. Stage director David Schweizer…[and] costume designer Nancy Leary…created a 24 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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The Lighthouse

Peter Maxwell Davies New Opera Annex Production Sung in English with projected text; libretto by composer

february 8–12, 2012

A dark storm rages. An inquiry is opened into the unnatural disappearance of three lighthouse keepers. The only remaining living beings: a swarm of black rats. In the mysterious, deserted lighthouse, the table is carefully set, all neat and orderly; nothing is amiss except a chair lying on its back and a broken teacup. Verdict: death by misadventure. Where lies the truth? Shadows, terror, chaos, and violence surround wrathful ghosts rising from the depths and three men inextricably caught between the repressed claims of their guilty pasts and the wrath of an avenging God (or their own unconscious minds). The sea boils up and the clammy mists gather…the lamp of the lighthouse becomes a savage burning eye. The foghorn—the cry of the Beast—beckons across a sleeping world. Tonight, that plaintive cry will be answered from the deep. Maxwell Davies’ opera is an unforgettably gripping and overwhelming portrait of growing madness and possession. With three singers, a chamber orchestra, and his own compelling and mysteriously deep libretto, he conjures up a moving world isolated in terror. A brilliantly conceived orchestral palette evokes the power of the primeval ocean, the eerie cries of sea birds, the lonely call of the foghorn, and the unrelenting hypnotic flashing of the lighthouse beam—all creating and echoing the growing paranoia and eventual disintegration of three trapped men. John Bellemer (Carmen, 2009; Carmen on the Common, 2002), Christopher Burchett, and David Cushing (Agrippina, 2011, among others) star as the three officers and other characters in this tight and compelling ghost story. BLO Music Director David Angus conducts and internationally-acclaimed director Tim Albery directs. “The Lighthouse…is a chamber opera, but it builds to a shattering conclusion worthy of opera at its grandest.”–The New York Times “(John Bellemer) creates a touching character…and he husbands his lyric tenor so he can let it all hang out in the demanding murder scene.”–The Boston Phoenix (On Bellemer’s appearance as Don José in BLO’s 2009 Carmen) 26 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Lyric Opera “Christopher Burchett’s…impressive vocal range stretched from a burnished baritone to a creamy tenor…his vocal lines seemed to melt with sadness.”–Omaha World Herald “David Cushing’s performance was dynamite, with spinetingling resonance.”–The Boston Herald

The Barber of Seville

Gioacchino Rossini Sung in Italian with projected English translation libretto by Cesare Sterbini A Minnesota Opera production

march 9–18, 2012

A quick-witted, rebellious young woman finds herself adored by a rich, handsome young nobleman operating under a series of suspicious and somewhat dubious disguises…lusted after (and placed under house arrest) by her lecherous, oddly dangerous fuddy-duddy guardian…slandered by a sleazy, slime-bag music teacher…waited on by a querulous old maid and a dotty, deaf butler…arrested (almost) by a bunch of Keystone Kops…serenaded (sort of) by a band of pick-up musicians …and aided, abetted, and encouraged by the smartest, wittiest, most resourceful barber, physician, hairdresser, marriage broker, and gossip in town. Intrigue by Beaumarchais…glittering vocal pyrotechnics by Rossini…have fun! Rossini is undoubtedly the top dog of comic opera and The Barber of Seville is his undisputed masterpiece. Based on a swift and mordant play by Beaumarchais, Rossini generously stamps every moment with his own unique and irresistible mixture of manic madness and soaring lyricism. Patter songs, love duets, serenades, a shaving scene out of Max Sennett, a foiled elopement, even a thunderstorm…The Barber has it all and more. Renowned director/choreographer Doug Varone makes his BLO debut and rising international conductor Jari Hämäläinen makes his North American debut. Soprano Sarah Coburn makes her BLO debut as Rosina, joined by Jonathan Beyer, John Tessier, Steven Condy, Gregory Gerbrandt (Carmen, 2009; The Barber of Seville, 2010), David Cushing (Agrippina, 2011, among others) and Judith Christin. “Vocally and dramatically, the standout performance was by baritone Jonathan Beyer...Totally at ease with his physical and vocal self, Beyer has a rounded, sure baritone voice and www.guideforthearts.com

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Boston Lyric Opera excellent diction.”–Opera Now “Soprano Sarah Coburn...caught the character’s mix of tenderness and spitfire volatility to perfection...in the way of stunning vocal fireworks at the top of the range.”–The Seattle Times “The production (Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Ireland) was a lively one, not least because of the controlled energy that emanates from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under Jari Hämäläinen. The playing is tight, the tempos very brisk, the balances between stage and pit exemplary. And Hämäläinen manages to bring the singers with him at his often daring speeds.”–The Irish Times

The Inspector

John Musto A BLO Adaptation of The Wolf Trap World Premiere Sung in English with projected text libretto by Mark Campbell

april 20–29, 2012

The Inspector is based loosely on Gogol’s 19th century farce, The Government Inspector—a savage and savagely funny indictment of official corruption in Tsarist Russia. The transference to Italy under the pudgy but dangerous thumb of Benito Mussolini has allowed composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell to create an edgily vivid and exuberant picture of a Sicilian town in the 1930s. Even the musical markings in the score—“tarantella,” “agitato,” “mysterioso,” “alla barcarolla,” “energico,” “marziale,” and “breezily”—suggest the Italianate brio with which the piece is imbued. And yet there are a number of “moderato” and “grazioso”—even “lightly dancing”—tempos. Amidst all the farcical mix-ups, plots, and hastily prepared cover-ups, the “false” inspector and much put-upon daughter of the rapacious mayor and his equally greedy wife escape from “the sad things—the tragic things happening all around” and take a boat to “a magical place called Brooklyn.” John Musto’s range of work broadly embraces the many strains of contemporary American concert music, enriched by sophisticated inspirations from ragtime and blues. Mark Campbell has successfully bridged the worlds of opera and musical theater. Together, they’ve established a unique record of highly successful operatic productions in the difficult and challenging world of contemporary commissions and premieres. Volpone, their first, was commissioned by Wolf Trap 28 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Lyric Opera Opera and produced for two seasons there; the live recording of the second production received a Grammy nomination. Later the Same Evening, inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, was commissioned by the National Gallery of Art and the University of Maryland Opera Theater. BLO’s co-production features a large cast of versatile, comic singers under the direction of Leon Major, BLO’s Artistic Director from 1998 to 2003. Erhard Rom (La bohème, 2007; L’Italiana in Algeri, 2004; Carmen on the Common, 2002) designed the sets, joining costume designer David O. Roberts (Don Giovanni, 2001) and lighting designer Jane Cox. BLO Music director David Angus conducts. Jake Gardner (Ariadne auf Naxos, 2010) and Met star Victoria Livengood lead a talented cast that includes Meredith Hansen (Hansel and Gretel, 2011; Carmen, 2009); Neal Ferreira (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2011; Tosca, 2010; Idomeneo, 2010; Ariadne auf Naxos, 2010; The Magic Flute, 2009; Les Contes d’Hoffmann, 2008); Dorothy Byrne (Eugene Onegin, 2005; Die Fledermaus, 2003); David Kravitz (The Little Prince, 2005; La Traviata, 2006; Resurrection, 2001); David Cushing (Agrippina, 2011, among others), Julius Ahn (The Emperor of Atlantis, 2011; Ariadne auf Naxos, 2010); Michelle Trainor (Hansel and Gretel, 2011); Kathryn Skemp (The Emperor of Atlantis, 2011; The Turn of the Screw, 2010); and Nicole Rodin (Hansel and Gretel, 2011; The Barber of Seville, 2010). “Jake Gardner, with his dark, rich baritone, was commanding and vulnerable by turns as her Wotan.”–Opera News “Victoria Livengood is unquestionably memorable, with a striking, rounded portrayal of a comic character…Her voice is a lovely one, rich and deep and expressive within her command of “wonderfully sultry low passages.”–The Washington Post

Contact

Boston Lyric Opera 45 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110-1316 www.blo.org

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Boston Philharmonic

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1979, features amateur, student, and professional musicians. One of Boston’s premier orchestras, the Boston Philharmonic is not your average musical ensemble; on the contrary, the Boston Philharmonic follows a vision of “passionate music making without boundaries.” To us, this means presenting top-notch music in a manner that both music aficionados and the casual listener can enjoy.

Eternal Students november 17, 2011, 7:30 pm Sanders Theatre

november 19, 2011, 8:00 pm Jordan Hall

november 20, 2011, 3:00 pm Sanders Theatre

johannes brahms Academic Festival Overture bela bartók Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra Martina Filjak, piano

johannes brahms Symphony No. 4

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Boston Philharmonic Breaking Free of Chains february 23, 2012, 7:30 pm Sanders Theatre

february 25, 2012, 8:99 pm Jordan Hall

february 26, 2012, 3:00 pm Sanders Theatre

ludwig van beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 witold lutosławski Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Alexander Baillie, cello

richard strauss Ein Heldenleben Mahler Triumphant! april 26, 2012, 7:30 pm Sanders Theatre

april 28, 2012, 8:00 pm Jordan Hall

april 29, 2012, 3:00 pm Sanders Theatre

gustav mahler Symphony No. 7 Contact

295 Huntington Ave., Suite 210 Boston, MA 02115 www.bostonphil.org.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Bostonian Henry Lee Higginson’s longstanding dream of a great and permanent orchestra in his hometown became a reality in 1881. In October of that year, conductor Georg Henschel directed the first Boston Symphony Orchestra concert. For nearly 20 years BSO concerts were held in the Old Boston Music Hall. Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most highly regarded concert halls, was inaugurated on October 15, 1900. In 2004, James Levine became the first American-born music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has received critical praise for revitalizing the quality and repertoire since the beginning of his tenure, including championing contemporary composers. To be able to fund the more challenging and expensive of Levine’s musical projects with the orchestra, the orchestra has established an “Artistic Initiative Fund.” Today the Boston Symphony Orchestra presents more than 250 concerts annually. It is an ensemble that has richly fulfilled Henry Lee Higginson’s vision of a great and permanent orchestra in Boston.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra James Morris, bass-baritone Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

haydn Symphony No. 1 haydn Symphony No. 100, Military wagner Excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Weber, Barber and Tchaikovsky november 10, 2011, 8:00 pm november 11, 2011, 7:00 pm november 12, 2011, 8:00 pm Myung-Whun Chung, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano

weber Overture to Der Freischütz barber Piano Concerto tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathétique Berlioz, Mozart, Carter and Bartók november 17, 19, and 22, 2011, 8:00 pm Ludovic Morlot, conductor Richard Goode, piano Elizabeth Rowe, flute

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 In C, K.503 Carter Flute Concerto Bartók Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin Harbison, Ravel and Mahler november 25, 2011, 1:30pm november 26 AND 29, 2011, 8:00 pm Ludovic Morlot, conductor

harbison Symphony No. 4 ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 mahler Symphony No. 1 Beethoven and Harbison december 1, 2011, 10:30 am (open rehersal) december 1, 2011, 8:00 pm december 2, 2011, 1:30 pm 34 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Symphony Orchestra december 3, 2011, 8:00 pm Jirí Belohlávek, conductor Jonathan Biss, piano Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano Gerald Finley, baritone

beethoven Grosse Fuge, for strings beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 harbison Symphony No. 5 Haydn, Turnage and Strauss january 4, 2012, 7:30 pm (open rehersal) january 5, 2012, 8:00 pm january 6, 2912, 1:30 pm january 7, 2012, 8:00 pm Andris Nelsons, conductor** Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet*

Haydn Symphony No. 90

Turnage from The Wreckage, for Trumpet and Orchestra (American Premiere)

Strauss Thus Spake Zarathustra

Weber, Beethoven, Harbison and Strauss january 12, 2012, 8:00 pm january 13, 2012, 1:30 pm january 14 and 17, 2012, 8:00 pm David Zinman, conductor Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

weber Overture to Euryanthe beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 harbison Symphony No. 6 (World Premiere; BSO Commission) strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Prokofiev, Debussy and Stravinsky january 19, 2012, 8:00 pm january 20, 2012, 1:30 pm january 21 and 24, 2012, 8:00 pm Riccardo Chailly, conductor*

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Boston Symphony Orchestra debussy Khamma stravinsky The Rite of Spring Mendelssohn Lobgesang january 26, 2012, 8:00 pm january 27, 2012, 7:00 pm january 28 and 31, 2012, 8:00 pm Riccardo Chailly, conductor Carolyn Sampson, soprano* Camilla Tilling, soprano* Mark Padmore, tenor* Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

mendelssohn Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) Strauss, Dutilleux and Debussy february 2, 2012, 8:00 pm february 3, 2012, 1:30 pm february 4, 2012, 8:00 pm Charles Dutoit, conductor Gautier Capuรงon, cello*

strauss Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme dutilleux Tout un monde lointain, for cello and orchestra debussy La Mer Beethoven and Rachmaninoff february 8, 2012, 8:00 pm (tuesday series) february 9, 2012, 8:00 pm february 10, 2012, 1:30 pm february 11, 2012, 8:00 pm Jaap van Zweden, conductor** Emanuel Ax, piano

beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Ravel, Stravinsky and Shostakovich february 16, 2012, 8:00 pm february 17, 2012, 1:30 pm february 18 and 21, 2012, 8:00 pm 36 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Stéphane Denève, conductor Marcelo Lehninger, conductor (February 21) Peter Serkin, piano

ravel Mother Goose Suite stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds shostakovich Symphony No. 5 Beethoven Missa Solemnis february 23, 2012, 8:00 pm february 24, 2012, 7:00 pm february 25, 2012, 8:00 pm Kurt Masur, conductor Christine Brewer, soprano Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano Simon O’Neill, tenor* Eric Owens, bass-baritone Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

beethoven Missa Solemnis Berlioz and Ravel march 2, 2012, 7:00 pm march 3, 2012, 8:00 pm Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Cédric Tiberghien, piano*

berlioz Overture to Benvenuto Cellini ravel Piano Concerto in G berlioz Symphonie fantastique Kodály, Dvořák and Mendelssohn march 21, 2012, 7:30 pm (open rehersal) march 22, 2012, 8:00 pm march 23, 2012, 1:30 pm march 24, 2012, 8:00 pm Juraj Valcuha, conductor* Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Bach, Lutoslawski and Beethoven march 27 and 29, 2012, 8:00 pm march 30, 2012, 1:30 pm march 31, 2012, 8:00 pm Leonidas Kavakos, violin and conductor

J.S. Bach Concerto in D minor for violin, strings, and continuo, BWV 1052

Lutosławski Musique funèbre, for strings Beethoven Symphony No. 4 Brahms A German Requiem april 5, 2012, 8:00 pm april 6, 2012, 1:30 pm april 7, 2012, 8:00 pm Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor Anna Prohaska, soprano* Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass-baritone Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

brahms A German Requiem Ravel, Salonen and Stravinsky april 12, 2012, 8:00 pm april 13, 2012, 7:00 pm april 14, 2012, 8:00 pm Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Claire Bloom, narrator** Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 Mendelssohn Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream Debussy, Mozart and Beethoven april 26, 2012, 10:30 AM (open rehersal) april 26, 2012, 8:00 pm april 27, 2012, 1:30 pm april 28, 2012, 8:00 pm Bernard Haitink, conductor Till Fellner, piano*

debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K.482 beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Stravinsky and Beethoven may 3, 2012, 8:00 pm may 4, 2012, 7:00 pm may 5, 2012, 8:00 pm Bernard Haitink, conductor Jessica Rivera, soprano Meredith Arwady, mezzo-soprano Roberto Saccá, tenor* Günther Groissböck, bass* Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor

stravinsky Symphony of Psalms beethoven Symphony No. 9 *connotes BSO debut **connotes BSO subscription debut

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum features unique indoor and outdoor venues, allowing visitors to celebrate and explore contemporary sculpture and art across 35 acres. Outside, deCordova’s Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming. DeCordova is committed to exhibiting high-quality, accessible art of nationally and internationally recognized artists, while also maintaining a strong relationship with established and emerging New England artists. DeCordova offers one of the largest non-degree granting studio art programs in New England, enrolling approximately 2,000 students in various classes and workshops throughout the year, and also maintains a Permanent Collection of approximately 3,400 works. DeCordova’s Corporate Program provides businesses the opportunity to support the institution and New England-based contemporary artists through membership initiatives and the Art Loan option—a unique program created to exhibit artwork from New England artists and deCordova’s Permanent Collection in Corporate Member offices. Museum attracts more than 100,000 visitors from New England and tourists from around the world to its campus each year.

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum may 29–december 31, 2011

In preparation for the large-scale Sculpture Park installation by the artist, Snow House, deCordova will organize an exhibition that will include the original proposal drawings for Snow House, Goldsworthy’s video artwork Snow Shadow, photographs of related ephemeral and permanent artworks, multi-media educational materials about the artist, and the historical relevance of Snow House, as well as repeated showings of the award-winning documentary on Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides.

Wall Works

Dewey Family Gallery + Café

june 11, 2011–spring 2012

For Wall Works, six artists (Kysa Johnson, Natalie Lanese, Caleb Neelon, Alison Owen, Justin Richel, and Mary Temple) have been invited to create new artworks for the Dewey Family Gallery and the café. Each artist will respond to a single work of art in the Museum’s Permanent Collection, which will be exhibited in conjunction with the new work. This exhibition is not medium-specific and will feature artists working in collage, painting, and sound art.

PLATFORM 7: Tory Fair, Testing a World View (Again) Pollock Family Terrace

july 23, 2011–spring 2012

In 1993, sculptor Antony Gormley presented an installation of his cast body in identical poses throughout a museum gallery, articulating the different relationships between the human figure (his own) and architectural space and between interior and exterior experiences. Fair reinterprets Gormley’s seminal work with her own figure, in cast pink resin and covered with flowers. Her feminist re-articulation of Gormley’s masculine work, sited for deCordova’s outdoor terrace, poses the question of our bodies’ strained relationship to spaces–indoors and outdoors, architectural and natural.

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum PLATFORM 8: Soo Sunny Park, Capturing Resonance Window Gallery

august 6, 2011–july, 2012

Park uses mundane materials to create immersive and often sublime installations that rely on repetition and the interplay of materials and light. For PLATFORM 8, Park has designed a large-scale installation of chain link fencing and Plexiglas that references biomorphic abstraction and utilizes the intense light in the Museum’s architectural oddity, the Window Gallery.

Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture

in Contemporary Art Wengren Room, Grand Staircase, Linde Family Gallery, 3rd floor lobby, 4th Floor Galleries + Museum

september 18 –december 31, 2011

Winston Churchill once wrote, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Over the past 50 years, architecture’s agency has emerged as a growing concern for contemporary artists. Whether it be the white-cube space of the gallery, the historic walls of a specific site, or the loaded evocations of Modernism embedded in glass and concrete surfaces, artists and theorists agree that there is no such thing as a neutral environment. Temporary Structures furthers this idea by showcasing artists whose work underscores architecture’s affinities with the performing human body and role as an active social agent, and will include work by Ant Farm, Gordon Matta-Clark, Vito Acconci, Mika Tajima, robbinschild, Alex Schweder, and Kate Gilmore among others. Organized by Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator, and accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

The 2012 deCordova Biennial Entire Museum (except for Dewey)

january 22–april 15, 2012

The 2012 deCordova Biennial is a survey exhibition focused on emphasizing the quality and variety of work rather than any single or overarching theme. Highlighting artists from across New England, the exhibition displays a diverse range of approaches to media and content. Co-curated by Associate Curator Dina www.guideforthearts.com

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Deitsch and Abigail Ross Goodman in collaboration with an Advisory Board: Ian Barry, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Richard Klein, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and Denise Markonish, MASSMoCA.

Gary Webb

Linde Family Gallery

may 20–august 12, 2012

This will be the first U.S. museum exhibition for this British sculptor, known for his eccentric combination of materials which include wood, plastic, metal, and just about anything else. “The materials are not the leaders,” explains Webb, “they are the suppliers. …They are put together for the reason of making them work, or not work. … When combined they seem to generate a sort of stubbornness, the material has been pushed to a glorious level.” Organized by Senior Curator Nick Capasso and accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar 4th floor galleries + Park

may 20–august 12, 2012

Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar creates sculptures from found materials that investigate temporality, materiality, and the processes of history and narrative-making. For PLATFORM 9 Caesar engages deCordova’s unique interior and exterior venues to expand his practice and to specifically explore ideas of site and non-site, parts and wholes, and surfaces and depths. The exhibition includes an object-filled pit in the Park, a plaster cast of the negative space of this pit, and a selection of cast resin objects. Accompanied by a full-color exhibition brochure, and organized by Associate Curator Dina Deitsch. The 2010-11 PLATFORM series is funded by James and Audrey Foster.

Work Out

Park + Grand staircase

may 20–august 12, 2012

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Chicago-based environmental art activist Dan Peterman; and Boston-based social performance and video artist Andi Sutton. Artists have been invited to propose alternative, interventionist models for living and working in deCordova’s art park.

Julianne Swartz: How deep is your

2nd floor Galleries; Window Gallery; Linde Family Gallery

september 2–december 30, 2012

Co-organized with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, this exhibition will survey the past decade of Swartz’s career, focusing on works that invite viewer participation in both subtle and overt ways. Critically acclaimed for the sculptural elegance of her unique blend of high- and low-tech materials, Swartz has persistently made the ephemeral presence of the viewer fundamental to her work. Swartz employs lenses that transform mundane objects and hidden locations into magical moving pictures, mirrors that disorient a viewer’s spatial perception and self-awareness, vinyl wall drawings that guide viewers to secret architectural spaces, and PVC tubing and speakers that allow buildings to communicate with their inhabitants. Swartz’s concept of interactivity functions both at the intimate level of single participants as well as in the collective dynamic of multiple gallery visitors. The exhibition is organized by independent guest curator Rachael Arauz, and is coordinated by Associate Curator Dina Deitsch, and is accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalogue.

Contact

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum 51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA 01773 www.decordova.org

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Handel and Haydn Society

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States. Its Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra is internationally recognized in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, Handel and Haydn’s mission is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.

Handel Messiah Symphony Hall

december 2, 2011, 7:30 pm december 3, 2011, 3:00 pm december 4, 2011, 3:00 pm Harry Christophers, conductor Sarah Coburn, soprano Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor Tom Randle, tenor Tyler Duncan, baritone

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Handel and Haydn Society Handel Messiah

Harry Christophers conducts the Period Instrument Orchestra, Chorus, and internationally acclaimed soloists in Handel’s dramatic masterwork.

A Bach Christmas Jordan Hall

december 15, 2011, 8:00 pm december 18, 2011, 3:00 pm Steven Fox, conductor

j.s. bach Cantata 133 (In Thee do I Rejoice) j.s. bach Cantata V from Christmas Oratorio manuel de zumaya Celebren, Publiquen anon. (bolivian) Sonata Chiquitanas bortniansky Tebe Boga Xvalim anon. The Shepherd’s Star ingalls The Apple Tree American conductor Steven Fox makes his H&H debut in a holiday exploration of works from around the world. Bach’s prolific output included many works written for the season, including his Cantata 133 and his Christmas Oratorio.

Vivaldi The Four Seasons Symphony Hall

january 20, 2012, 8:00 pm january 22, 2012, 3:00 pm Harry Christophers, conductor Aisslinn Nosky, violin

handel Overture to Agrippina corelli Concerto Grosso in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 3 j.s. bach Symphony Op. 6, No. 6 in G Minor handel Overture to Rodrigo corelli Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 6, No. 4 vivaldi The Four Seasons Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky makes her H&H solo debut in Vivaldi’s virtuosic The Four Seasons. Audiences tour Italy, from Handel’s operas written during his time in Italy to J.C. Bach’s dramatic symphony written just after his stay in Italy. www.guideforthearts.com

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Handel and Haydn Society Beethoven Eroica Symphony Hall

february 17, 2012, 8:00 pm february 19, 2012, 3:00 pm Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

beethoven Egmont Overture haydn Symphony No. 48, Maria Theresia beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts Beethoven’s groundbreaking Eroica symphony. The program also features Haydn’s Symphony No. 48, composed for a visit by the Holy Roman Empress, Maria Theresia.

Classical Salon march 9, 2012, 8:00 pm Jordan Hall

march 11, 2012, 3:00 pm Sanders Theatre

Rob Nairn, leader

handel “Sweet Bird” from Il Pensieroso reinagle Philadelphia Sonata taylor Sonata No. 2 for cello schubert Piano Trio No. 1 carr “Why Huntress, Why?” from The Archers dragonetti Bass Quintet No. 18 in C mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 in D, K. 285 As the seasons change and spring arrives, the Society’s principal bassist Rob Nairn travels back in time. The concert hall and its inhabitants are transported to the intimate salon atmosphere of Boston in the 1820s.

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Handel and Haydn Society Monica Groop, alto Jeremy Budd, tenor Stephan Loges, bass

Bach St. Matthew Passion

Given its first complete performance in this country by H&H in 1879, the St. Matthew Passion is considered by many to be one of the greatest masterpieces of all time. Bach’s brilliant oratorio is a moving, glorious setting of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

Mozart Coronation Symphony Hall

april 27, 2012, 8:00 pm april 29, 2012, 3:00 pm Harry Christophers, conductor Rosemary Joshua, soprano Paula Murrihy, alto Thomas Cooley, tenor Sumner Thompson, bass

handel Zadok the Priest mozart Exsultate, jubilate haydn Symphony No. 85, “La reine” handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba handel “Ev’ry sight these eyes behold” from Solomon mozart Coronation Mass The season concludes with a program of coronations. Mozart’s Coronation Mass includes the tender Agnus Dei, to be performed by one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Rosemary Joshua. Haydn’s Symphony No. 85 was a favorite of Marie Antoinette, leading to the name La reine, by which it’s still known today.

Contact

Handel and Haydn Society 300 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Tickets

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Harvard Art Museums

Lyonel Feininger, Street Scene

The Harvard Art Museums, among the world’s leading art institutions, comprise three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. The collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present and originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the art museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and other visitors. In June 2008 the building at 32 Quincy Street, formerly the home of the Fogg and Busch-Reisinger museums, closed for a major renovation. During this renovation, the Sackler Museum at 485 Broadway remains open and has been reinstalled with some of the finest works representing the collections of all three museums. When complete, the renovated historic building on Quincy Street will unite the three museums in a single state-ofthe-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano.

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Harvard Art Museums Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe september 6–december 10, 2011

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe examines the participation of artists in the scientific inquiries of the 16th century. Through displays of prints, books, maps, and such scientific instruments as sundials, globes, astrolabes, and armillary spheres, the exhibition questions the perception of artists as illustrators in the service of scientific practitioners. It proposes instead a more integral role for them in facilitating the conceptualization of ideas, especially through printmaking during the century and a half after its development in northern Europe. At the project’s core is an exploration of the characteristics of printmaking that make it such a dynamic matrix for the production of knowledge.

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939 march 30–june 2, 2012

One of the most versatile talents of the modern art movement in Germany, the American-born Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) is celebrated as a master of caricature, figurative painting, and his own distinctive brand of cubism, but he also created a fascinating body of photographic work that is virtually unknown. Focusing on the rich and productive period between 1928 and the late 1930s, when Feininger was experimenting with an array of avantgarde photographic techniques and printing his own work, the photographs range from early atmospheric night views made at the Bauhaus (where he took up the camera in 1928) to bird’s-eye views of New York City (where he settled permanently in 1937).

Contact

Harvard Art Museums 485 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138 www.harvardartmuseums.org

Tickets

(617) 495-9400

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Huntington Theatre Company

The Huntington Theatre Company, in residence at Boston University, is Boston’s largest professional theatre company. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates world-class productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary Season, the Huntington Theatre Company will mount an ambitious 2011-2012 season that includes the dynamic variety of classic drama, acclaimed comedy, inspiring new work, and glorious music for which it has become known. Events include the completion of August Wilson’s Century Cycle, two locally-set world premieres by Huntington Playwriting Fellows, a musical re-imagined by one of America’s greatest directors, a classic comedy helmed by Artistic Director Peter DuBois, and a Broadway smash hit.

Before I Leave You october 14–november 13, 2011

Huntington Playwriting Fellow Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro’s Before I Leave You tells a Harvard Square story. Emily’s son moves out and her husband Koji suddenly embraces his Asian roots. Their friend Jeremy’s work on his novel gets interrupted by a health scare and his sister Trish moving into his home. Four 52

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Huntington Theatre Company longtime friends face too much past and too little future in this moving new comedy. The Harvard Crimson calls Alfaro, “A terrific and fearless playwright with an individual and astute voice.” Playing at the Wimberly Theatre, the Huntington’s second home in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

God of Carnage january 6– february 5, 2012

God of Carnage is the latest Tony and Olivier Award-winning New York smash hit by Yazmina Reza, the author of Art. Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. But all attempts at civilized discussion quickly devolve into childlike behavior in this fast, furious, and very funny comedy of bad manners. The New York Times calls it, “First class! God of Carnage incites the kind of laughter that comes from the gut.” Playing at the B.U. Theatre.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom march 9–april 8, 2012

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was August Wilson’s first Broadway hit. Legendary 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey and her musicians gather in a run-down Chicago studio to record new sides of old favorites when generational and racial tensions suddenly explode. The Huntington completes Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August Wilson’s Century Cycle with this searing drama. Newsweek calls the play, “Extraordinary. Ma Rainey rides on the exultant notes of the blues.” Liesl Tommy, acclaimed director of this season’s Ruined, will helm the production. Staged by the Huntington, one of Wilson’s long-time artistic homes, playing at the B.U. Theatre.

The Luck of the Irish march 30–april 29, 2012

The Luck of the Irish is by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge. When an upwardly mobile African-American family wants to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of 1950s Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later, the Irish family asks for “their” house back. Moving across the two eras, this intimate new play explores personal

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Huntington Theatre Company stories of integration and the conflict of calling any place your home. Village Voice says, “Kirsten Greenidge is a writer of obvious and unusual talent.” Obie Award-winning director Melia Bensussen (Circle Mirror Transformation of last fall’s Shirley, VT Plays festival) directs. Playing at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

Tartuffe may 25–june 24, 2012

Tartuffe, the classic farce by Molière, will close the season. The original houseguest from hell, devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon’s household and schemes to marry his beautiful daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family’s fortune. Will Orgon see through the scoundrel before it’s too late? Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy in this hilarious and biting satire, one of the world’s great plays. The New York Times calls it, “A classic gem. Laugh-out-loud funny!” Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois directs. Molière’s classic satirical comedy about the original houseguest from hell, directed by Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois (Sons of the Prophet, Becky Shaw), at the B.U. Theatre.

Contact

Huntington Theatre Company 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 www.huntingtontheatre.org

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The Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. The primary activities of the ICA are threefold: » To present outstanding contemporary art in all media, including visual art exhibitions, music, film, video, and performance, that is deserving of public attention and has not been presented in depth to Boston audiences. » To provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for people of all ages through direct encounters with artists and art making. » To design interpretative programs that provide context, develop appreciation, and add meaning to contemporary art and culture

Upcoming Exhibitions Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Swoon ICA 75th anniversary exhibition

september 3, 2011–december 30, 2012

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Erik Thomsen

Cornelia Thomsen · Stripes Nr. 12 2011 · oil on canvas · 47 ¼" × 31 ½" (120 × 80 cm)

Erik Thomsen Japanese screens Lacquers Contemporary art

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The Institute of Contemporary Art Brooklyn-based street artist known for her intricately cut, lifesize paper portraits. Her works can be found wheatpasted onto the walls of abandoned buildings, rundown warehouses, and more recently, the interiors of galleries and museums. Inspired by the urban environment, her work is a unique fusion of figurative and architectural elements.

Dance/Draw

ICA 75th anniversary exhibition

october 7, 2011–january 16, 2012

From painting and drawing to performance and installation art, today’s artists express their ideas in a variety of mediums, yet the line has remained a fundamental building block of the visual experience. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the ICA presents Dance/Draw, an ambitious thematic show tracing the journey of the line from changes in drawing in the 1960s to its explosion off the page and into three-dimensional space—ultimately finding itself in the realm of dance. In particular, this exhibition investigates the connections between visual art and dance over the past 50 years, culminating in the exploration of a new generation of artists deeply interested in dance. Organized by ICA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth, Dance/Draw features approximately 80 works—including video, photography, drawings, and sculptural objects as well as a series of live performances.

Isaac Julien: TEN THOUSAND WAVES ICA 75th anniversary exhibition

october 28, 2011–march 4, 2012

Isaac Julien’s TEN THOUSAND WAVES is a 9-screen installation shot on location in China. The work poetically weaves together stories linking China’s ancient past and present. Through an architectural installation, the work explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys. Conceived and made over four years, TEN THOUSAND WAVES sees Julien collaborating with some of China’s leading artistic voices, including: the legendary siren of Chinese cinema Maggie Cheung; rising star of Chinese film Zhao Tao; poet Wang Ping; master calligrapher Gong Fagen; artist Yang Fudong; acclaimed cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi; and a 100-strong Chinese cast and crew. 58 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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The Institute of Contemporary Art Jessica Jackson Hutchins

ICA 75th anniversary exhibition

october 28, 2011–march 4, 2012

Jessica Jackson Hutchins conjures her work from the leftovers and cast-offs of the everyday—sculptures and collages are created from the family kitchen table, sofas, favorite clothing, and books; Darryl Strawberry is immortalized as a glass bust; flower catalogues become lush collages. Worn by the rituals of daily use, these objects infuse her work with sentiment, history, birth and death—in short, the stuff of life. For her exhibition at the ICA/Boston, Hutchins will show several new works including Symposion (2011), a large-scale sculpture in which a bulbous form of ceramic and papier-mâché reclines atop a shabby sofa, marrying the monstrous and the sublime. This exhibition will be Hutchins’ first solo museum presentation.

Contact

The Institute Of Contemporary Art/Boston 100 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210 www.icaboston.org

Tickets

(617) 478-3100

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books, and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler, and Sargent. The spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements, and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure. In 1999, the museum embarked upon a strategic planning process to look at the future of the museum. This process yielded important studies and discussions regarding the preservation of the historic building and its collection. The museum made the bold decision to build an addition to the historic palace in order to relieve pressure on the historic spaces. The new wing designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is slated to open in January 2012. 60 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Contmeporary Art­­­–Opening Exhibitions Victoria Morton Exhibition Title TBD Special Exhibition Gallery (main gallery)

january 19–may 28, 2012

The inaugural exhibition presents the first American museum solo exhibition of artist Victoria Morton (b. 1971, Scotland), who was invited to become a Gardner Museum Artist-in-Residence in 2009. The exhibition yet to be titled will feature new works—primarily paintings—by Morton created specifically for the new gallery and the opening of the new wing. The exhibition reveals connections between Morton’s work and the richness of paintings within the Gardner Museum’s collection, particularly in the context of the installations around them. The artist is based in Scotland and Italy.

Luisa Lambri

Exhibition Title TBD Gallery space within historic building

january 19–october 15, 2012

This special exhibition will present the work of Luisa Lambri (b. 1969, Italy), who first became an Artist-in-Residence in 2008. The exhibition will be presented in a new gallery space that currently serves as the entrance vestibule to the historic building. Lambri, who travels the world photographing architectural interiors, has photographed the Gardner Museum extensively and will return to photograph the completed new wing. She is now creating an artist book of these photographs, which will be juxtaposed with the diary of Willard Sears, the architect of the historic building. The artist book will be available in the new Museum Shop.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Contemporary Artists Exhibition

“Points of View: A brief history of the Gardner Residency Program” Special Exhibition Gallery (introductory gallery)

january 19–august 13, 2012

A complementary exhibition, on view in the new Renzo Piano designed Special Exhibition Gallery’s smaller space, will celebrate the Gardner Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program, which commemorates its 20th anniversary in 2012. The exhibition will examine the history of the program through selected works by past participants, as well as works by artists who had personal ties to the Gardner Museum such as John Singer Sargent, whom Isabella Gardner invited to paint in the museum in the winter of 1903.

Stefano Arienti

Installation Title TBD Exterior Façade Art Space

january 19, 2012–january 21, 2013

The inaugural exhibitions will also extend outdoors, as a sitespecific work by Stefano Arienti (b. 1961, Italy) will be installed on the exterior of the new wing. An installation artist who works with found images, Arienti was an Artist-in-Residence in 2004. In 2007, he presented The Asian Shore, an exhibition inspired by archival imagery of the Second Chinese Room, Isabella Gardner’s private meditation space. Arienti has been invited to produce a temporary work for the façade of the new wing, where architect Renzo Piano has designed a 36-foot-high by 16-foot-wide space for changing art installations. Arienti also will produce a guest book for the Living Room, where visitors can log memories or anecdotes from their visit.

Music–Concerts

The Gardner Museum’s celebrated music program will return in 2012 with the grand opening of the new Calderwood Performance Hall, offering expanded programming in the key areas of chamber music, new music, and jazz.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Sunday Concert Series sunday afternoons: january 22 through may 20,2012

Calderwood Performance Hall The Sunday Concert Series will feature 18 concerts in the performance hall’s opening year, including world premieres by three outstanding young composers commissioned by the Claremont Trio in honor of the new hall—and a new, ongoing collaboration with the New York Festival of Song.

Avant Gardner Concert Series (with Columbia University’s Miller Theater and Boston’s Callithumpian Consort) first thursday evenings: february 2, march 1, april 5, may 3, 2012

Calderwood Performance Hall Avant Gardner, the museum’s celebration of cutting-edge classical music, will offer an extended number of programs on a new evening (the first Thursday of each month), welcoming back the Composer Portraits series from Columbia University’s Miller Theater, along with Boston’s own Callithumpian Consort, for programs including a three concert tribute to the groundbreaking American composer John Cage in honor of his 100th birthday.

Jazz at the Gardner third thursday evenings: february 16, march 15, april 19, 2012

Calderwood Performance Hall Jazz at the Gardner will continue on the third Thursday of each month, presenting globally-inspired jazz performed by the young artists from Berklee College of Music.

Public Programs

In spring 2012, the Gardner Museum will offer visitors new ways to engage with the historic collection and the new wing through evening events with a social focus as well as two series of evening lectures focused on art and landscape.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Gardner After Hours Evening Events third thursday evenings: january 19, february 16, march 15, april 19, may 17, june 21, 2012 With a focus on engaging young audiences in the 18–34 year old demographic, Gardner After Hours celebrates the Gardner Museum’s five cornerstones in dynamic and social ways with informal talks, gallery sketching and art-making activities, and gallery games that engage participants with the collection. After Hours PLUS features jazz concerts produced in collaboration with Berklee College of Music, contemporary Artist-in-Residence performances and projects, and more.

Masterpiece Evening Lecture Series forth thursday evenings: january 26, february 23, march 22, and april 26, 2012 The Masterpiece lecture series will reconnect audiences with some of the Gardner Museum’s most intriguing objects through public conversations that both celebrate and interrogate the concept from Ancient Rome to the present day. Exploring this compelling idea across medium and culture, scholars will discuss what roles influential artists and collectors have played in assigning celebrity to certain works of art and how the idea of a masterwork might change over time.

Landscape Lectures Evening Lecture Series second thursday evenings: (unless otherwise noted): february 9, march 29, april 12, and june 7, 2012

The museum’s landscape program presents scholars and thinkers in the field through its annual lecture series. The four lectures presented during the new wing’s opening season will be the first organized by Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency, the Gardner’s new Consulting Curator of Landscape.

Family & Students Programs

The Gardner Museum schedules programs for families throughout the year including these spring 2012 highlights:

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Education Studio

Home to the museum’s School and Community Partners Program, the studio space provides a hands-on workshop to complement the study. The space, previously hidden from the public’s view in a basement room, will now be part of the public experience. Across from the Studio in the public hallway, an exhibition space will be devoted to the display of works from students and the public. The first exhibition will highlight the work of School Partner Tobin Elementary School through a photographic interpretation of their journey from Tobin to the Gardner Museum. On the weekends during open hours, the space will be used for drop-in art-making by visitors of all ages.

Public School Vacation Week Family Activities february 20–24 and april 16–20, 2012 (11:00 am–5:00 pm)

A week of fun for all ages, including art-making activities and a gallery hunt with prizes. Museum staff will be on hand throughout the galleries to answer questions and spark lively discussions on specific works of art.

Neighborhood Nights—Free Evening Events june 14, july 12, august 9, 2012 (evening)

Three FREE summer evenings of art, music, and fun—especially for our neighbors from the Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester. Families welcome!

Residency Programs

The Gardner’s charge to honor the accomplishments of the past while nurturing emerging talents manifests itself in unique residency programs in the areas of fine arts, landscape design, and scholarship.

Landscape Residency Fellowship

In 2012, the Gardner Museum will launch its first Landscape residency under the leadership of its recently named Consulting Curator of Landscape Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency. The bi-annual Gardner Residential Fellowship in Landscape Studies, which will award an emerging design talent whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design 66 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the public realm. The Gardner Fellow will be selected by an international design jury and awarded a three-month residency at the museum in the summer of 2012, living on-site in one of the Renzo Piano-designed apartments.

Artist-in-Residence Program Twentieth Anniversary

In 1992, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum reached out to the artist community in the search for renovation. Rarely are artists given an active role in the reshaping and rethinking of an institution; here, though, through the Artist-in-Residence program, a celebrated museum has undertaken to support the imagination through creativity and learning and in so doing has strengthened the founder’s legacy. Access to the collection with the support of highly dedicated and expert staff is the catalyst of this innovative approach. Where else in the West can artists have such easy and so complete access to so many astounding works of art, while residing and studying comfortably on the premises? The artists’ need for contemplation and work is nurtured and supported. Furthermore, the work these artists undertake through the museum’s school partnership program helps to connect younger people with art.

Scholar-in-Residence Program

Since 2002, the Gardner Museum’s Scholar-in-Residence program has drawn on the museum’s permanent collection as a source of inspiration for contemporary scholarship. Scholars live at the museum while researching lesser-known aspects of the permanent collection and archives.

Visitor Orientation Living Room

Visitor Orientation The opening of the new wing will also introduce a truly unique visitor orientation space, called the Living Room, which will acclimate those unfamiliar with the distinctive world of the Gardner, as well as remind returning visitors of the experience ahead. Inspired by a project of the same name that was created for the museum in 2000 by Artist-in-Residence Lee Mingwei, www.guideforthearts.com

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the Living Room will have a domestic aesthetic that echoes the essence of Isabella Gardner’s Palace, where personal and public spaces blend seamlessly. The space will be furnished with comfortable couches and chairs, reading tables and potted plants, creating an intimate and comfortable space for visitors who wish to linger and interact. The Living Room will be a lively space, where visitors can experience the “museum-at-work,” much like in the adjacent greenhouses, classroom, and education studio. Carrying on the tradition of Gardner’s gracious hospitality, tea will be served in the Living Room in the afternoon.

Courtyard Horticultural Displays The Seasonal Garden—Monthly Courtyard Garden Displays ongoing

The art of landscape has always been central to the Gardner Museum. Reflecting Isabella Stewart Gardner’s passion for horticulture and garden design, the museum’s interior courtyard is itself an astonishing work of art, combining plants, sculpture, and architectural elements. The unique interplay between the courtyard and the museum galleries offers visitors a fresh view of the courtyard from almost every room, inviting connections between art and landscape. Isabella Gardner was an avid horticulturalist. Today, her legacy continues as the lush central courtyard is regularly transformed with new plants and colors in nine dramatic seasonal displays—including the beloved Hanging Nasturtiums display each April, a spectacular assortment of Hydrangeas and the regal beauty of the biennially blooming Bellflowers during the summer, and the Chrysanthemums in the Courtyard Japanese-inspired installation each fall.

“Midwinter Tropics” january/february 2012 (annual)

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum with the green tapestry. Early images of the courtyard show the profusion of plants placed by Isabella Stewart Gardner, filling the north side of the courtyard and creating a network of green that obscured the courtyard. Small trees and tall palms anchored courtyard corners and many smaller plants lined the paths and surrounded the mosaic. The courtyard was revealed to visitors in the surrounding cloisters. Today this luxuriant atmosphere is recreated in the first display of the New Year.

“Orchids And Bromeliads” february/march 2012 (annual)

Cure your winter blues with a visit to the Gardner’s lush courtyard, filled with orchids and stunning yellow weeping jasmines. Flowers in the courtyard brighten in the low spring light from the windows of the Spanish Cloister. Orchids are everywhere, with more than 50 lady’s slippers, large showy Cymbidium, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, and Oncidium. Orchids of all varieties filled the Gardner greenhouses in Brookline and regularly took prizes at Massachusetts Horticultural Society exhibitions. They continue to fascinate with their distinctively marked blooms in face-like forms—displays intended to attract pollinators. This ploy also works to keep us interested in growing and seeing these personable plants.

“Hanging Nasturtiums” april 2012 (annual)

Each April, in honor of Isabella Gardner’s birthday—continuing a tradition she started in the early years of the museum—the Gardner Museum heralds the arrival of spring with a special Hanging Nasturtiums courtyard installation, featuring 20-footlong nasturtium vines and their bright orange blossoms cascading from the third-floor balconies. Museum visitors during this time can also enjoy the edible blossoms’ bright flavors in a more modern Gardner tradition: a special Edible Nasturtiums menu at The Gardner Café.

“Spring Blooms” may 2012 (annual)

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum the previous year. The violets, deep blues, and whites of the hydrangeas complement the finely-cut silver foliage of Artemisia and the crisp white of Cape primrose (Streptocarpus ‘Massen’s White’). Bromeliad Aechmea fascinata has silver-banded leaves and Guzmania is bright red or yellow. The vase-shaped rosettes formed by the leaves allow the plants to store water. Many mistake the brightly colored leaves of the Guzmania for flowers. The leaves last for several months after the plant has finished flowering. The flowers are actually very small and are almost invisible among the leaves. Bromeliads come from Central and South America.

“Summer Blues” june/july 2012 (annual)

Late-flowering hydrangeas make the courtyard a cool retreat in the summer. Beginning with large, spectacular mopheads and ending with the tall Paniculata grandifolia, known in America as PeeGees, these fragrant hydrangeas fill the courtyard with their sweet scent. In July, the statuesque Agapanthus appears in the courtyard with its large umbels of inky blue flowers. Hydrangeas are plants that love water; hence they were named hydr + angeion, the Greek word for vessel. The plants are native to Japan, where they have been grown as ornamental plants for centuries. Western travelers brought them to their gardens in the late 18th century. Agapanthus, also known as Lily of the Nile, originates in the southern part of Africa.

Permanent Collection

A little more than 100 years ago, Isabella Stewart Gardner developed a new context for art in America by creating a museum where visitors experienced music, performance, the beauty of gardens, and historic and contemporary art, all in a highly personal setting. Modeled after a 15th century Venetian palazzo and centered on a light- and flower-filled interior courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to more than 2,500 art objects spanning 30 centuries and including works by Botticelli, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, Degas, and Sargent. Contemporary and historic special exhibitions, America’s oldest museum concert series, lectures, special performances and events, an Artist-in-Residence program, and innovative school and community partner70 guide for the arts 2011-2012

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ships continue to enrich the permanent collection and provide ongoing inspiration for visitors the world over. The centerpiece of one of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s most intimate installations, Titian’s Europa is widely considered the finest Italian Renaissance painting in America. The installation features a piece of pale green fabric cut from one of her favorite ball gowns placed beneath the great work—just one example of the world-class collection, intimate displays, and abundance of quirky personal connections that make the Gardner Museum a “favorite museum” among visitors old and new.

Seasonal Courtyard september/october 2011

Grasses And Berries Grasses and Berries in the courtyard are an innovation at the museum. With the changing weather, the palette of the courtyard takes on autumnal hues: purple-leaf sand cherries (Prunus cistena); flame-orange tones of Virginia sweetspire “Henry’s Garnet” (Itea virginica); bright red berries; and many examples of ripening sedges and grasses in subtle sable tones. Among the grasses on display are the silver plume grass (Miscanthus sinensis), pinky-red foxtails of fountain grass (Pennisetum), and Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium).

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Chrysanthemums In The Courtyard First shown in 2008, Japanese-style chrysanthemums mix with the Gardner’s traditional chrysanthemums in a celebration of color. Using Japanese cultivation techniques to create a single large bloom (a style called Ogiku), each individual flower stands alone as a work of art. The dozens of chrysanthemum varieties on display include the creamy yellow “Gloria” and the pinktinged “Isabella,” named after the museum’s founder.

Landscape at the Gardner

The art of landscape has always been central to the Gardner Museum. Reflecting Isabella Stewart Gardner’s passion for horticulture and design, the museum’s interior courtyard is a work of art, combining plants, sculpture, and architectural elements into a sun-filled oasis at the heart of the museum experience. In addition to the courtyard displays, the museum continues www.guideforthearts.com

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Isabella Gardner’s horticultural legacy through Landscape Visions lectures, illuminating timely topics in landscape design; Ask the Gardener hours and tours for garden clubs, providing further opportunities to explore the changing courtyard displays and the story of landscape at the Gardner; and other landscape programming under Consulting Curator of Landscape Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency; the museum’s team of Landscape Researchers; and Chief Horticulturalist Stanley Kozak.

Extention+ Preservation Project

New greenhouses, opening in January 2012 as part of the Gardner Museum’s new wing, will allow the museum’s landscape staff the critical opportunity to cultivate flowers and plants for the interior courtyard garden on-site and to “triage” plants on their way in and out of the courtyard. Designed as a work of art itself by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the new wing and greenhouses, which feature a dramatically angled roofline and a new landscape classroom space, will engage visitors and families more deeply in the life of the museum and the art of landscape. Visitors will enter the museum through a new glass lobby off of Evans Way Park (part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace parks system), bringing new life

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Name of VenueIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the cultural landscape of the Fenway and providing direct views and access to the new greenhouse facilities and expanded exterior and pocket gardens on the museum’s grounds. Onequarter the size of the previous (circa 1970) on-site greenhouses, the new greenhouses are four times more efficient. Reflecting the museum’s commitment to “green” design and construction, the project aims to be LEED certified and features geothermal wells, rainwater recycling, water-efficient landscaping, daylight harvesting, and the use of local and regional materials. The new wing and greenhouses will open to the public in January 2012, and new landscape programming is planned.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115 www.gardnermuseum.org

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Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), serves a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. It is open seven days a week and welcomes approximately one million visitors from around the globe each year. As one of the great art museums in the world, the MFA is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which ranges from ancient Egyptian mummies, sculpture by Donatello, and Impressionist paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Degas, to Japanese ukiyo-e scrolls, murals by John Singer Sargent, and landscapes by Edward Hopper. The MFA offers exhibitions, educational programs, films, and concerts, and features an extensive online collections database on its website.

Community Arts Initiatives And Their Families april 23–november 27, 2011

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Museum of Fine Arts and personal objects will create a memorial to the importance of the people that define us. The children’s work and objects will be displayed on a painted tree mural covering the wall, connecting all the students’ families together with its expanding network of branches, and placing an emphasis on community in order to create a unity in each student’s personal history with others.

Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa april 13, 2011–january 8, 2012

This exhibition focuses on the accomplishments of African weavers, dyers, bead embroiderers, and tailors, and highlights continuities, innovation, and the exchange of ideas from within and without that mark dress and textile production in Africa. More than any other artistic expression, dress and textile production in Africa demonstrates the continuous links of the Continent with the outside world. Throughout centuries, African textile artists seamlessly and joyfully integrated into their visual vocabulary new design elements and new materials such as glass beads, buttons, and fabrics that arrived as the result of trade with Europe and places as far away as India and Indonesia. They added to or transformed existing traditions, and at times created new types of textiles and garments. Beadwork among the Ndebele peoples of South Africa and the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, Kente cloth in Ghana and Togo, and Yoruba indigo-dyed cloths called Adire are among the highlights of the display.

Preserving History, Making History: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

june 20, 2008–june 30, 2012 As part of celebrating the renovation and re-opening of the State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance, this exhibition tells the story of the Museum’s history, its architecture, and its vital role as a community resource and partner. Rarely seen historic photographs, paintings, sculpture, archival documents, and architectural fragments bring the long and distinguished history of the MFA to life for a new generation. The exhibition, on view in the Lower Hemicycle, opens with the founding of the MFA in 1870 and documents the first Museum building in Copley Square, as well as the many expansions and renovations to the Museum’s present home on Huntington Avenue, which opened

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Degas and the Nude october 9, 2011–february 5, 2012

The nude figure was critical to the art of Edgar Degas from the beginning of his career in the 1850s until the end of his working life, but the subject has never before been explored in a Museum exhibition. “Degas and the Nude,” co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, will feature paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and sculpture, and will call attention to the evolution of the treatment of the nude from Degas’ early years, through his triumphant offerings from the 1880s and 1890s, to the last decades of his working career.

Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture september 18, 2011–march 4, 2012

The 30 wood sculptures that Ellsworth Kelly has made over the course of his long and esteemed career are among his most beautiful and evocative works. Despite Kelly’s work being the subject of major retrospectives worldwide, this will be the first museum exhibition to focus on the essential and beguiling forms of his wood sculptures. The exhibition will feature a selection of works across a time-span of almost 40 years and reflect the wide variety of woods, from birch to zebra, which Kelly has used to create both the commanding totemic forms of his freestanding sculptures and the elegant and deceptively simple shapes of his wall reliefs.

Modernist Photography: 1910–1950 july 30, 2011–april 1, 2012

“Modernist Photography 1910–1950” features approximately 40 American modernist photographs representing highlights from the Museum’s own collection as well as The Lane Collection. Complementing the work displayed in several of the other Level 3 galleries in the new Art of the Americas Wing, this exhibition focuses on the concept that the camera was, in many respects, the ideal tool for modernist artists of the day and that this new camera “vision” resulted in some of the most truly groundbreaking work to have been produced in any medium.

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Museum of Fine Arts Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern july 19, 2011–november 25, 2012

Gem (jem) n. 1. A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament. 2. Something that is valued for its beauty, perfection, or worth. What is a gem? Today, in the West, we have come to regard diamond, pearl, emerald, sapphire, and ruby as the most precious of materials. That has not always been the case. Throughout the course of world history, other substances have commanded equal attention, including materials that are largely ignored today. Kingfisher feathers, tiger claws, jet beads, and mica appliqués were at one time worn in different parts of the world with great pride. Some materials, such as coral and rock crystal, have served a protective role, in which they were perceived as being able to guard their wearer from dangerous circumstances or malevolent forces. Other substances, especially those that are rare and available to a select few, are signifiers of wealth and power. “Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern,” the first exhibition in the Museum’s new Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, will examine the various roles and meanings associated with a wide range of gem materials.

Around the World in Watercolor, 1860–1920 july 16, 2011–march 4, 2012

“Around the World in Watercolor, 1860–1920” features work by Americans who sought adventure and inspiration for their art. They ventured across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and traversed the American continent. Thirty watercolors from the Museum’s permanent collection by John La Farge, Thomas Moran, Henry Roderick Newman, Joseph Lindon Smith, and others, depict Greece, Egypt, the American West, Samoa, and Japan. Some are quickly sketched on the spot, others are large, finished works that were painted in the studio and shown in the growing number of exhibitions that raised the status of the watercolor medium.

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Museum of Fine Arts Europe at Mid-Century: Dubuffet, Giacometti, Picasso june 25, 2011–january 22, 2012

Thirty-five Continental and British works from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s illuminate the postwar creative dialogue between figuration and abstraction. Prints, drawings, illustrated books, and paintings reveal the many radical transformations the human image underwent during this period. The works of Dubuffet, Giacometti, and the late Picasso provide points of focus, but the exhibition includes many other artists of comparable magnitude, such as Miró, Moore, and Arp, and others who were art stars in the ’50s and are now in the process of being rediscovered: Appel, Hayter, Fautrier, and Jorn.

Contact

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Avenue of the Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 www.mfa.org

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(617) 267-9300

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New Repertory Theater

Now in its third decade, New Rep has established itself as one of Boston’s premiere theatre companies. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, New Rep plays reflect our world and community and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives—here and now. New Rep shows are provocative, intelligent, and entertaining.

Collected Stories

Black Box Theater a drama by Donald Margulies directed by Bridget Kathleen O’Leary featuring Bobbie Steinbach

november 27–december 18, 2011

Ruth Steiner, a critically acclaimed, seasoned author, takes her student, Lisa, under her wing. What begins as a mentorship flourishes into a deeper maternal friendship. When Lisa becomes a much-admired published writer and uses Ruth’s secretive life story for her own novel, the balance of power shifts and the boundaries of their relationship are called into question. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies challenges audiences to answer the questions: Does your story belong to you? Does someone else have the right to tell your story?

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Charles Mosesian Theater a comedy by Yasmina Reza translated by Christopher Hampton directed by Antonio Ocamp-Guzman

january 15–february 5, 2012

This intelligent and witty Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza asks the question, “What does our taste in art say about who we are as individuals?” When Serge, a novice art collector, asks his two friends to view his newly acquired work of art, this “priceless” piece tests their 15-year friendship and causes them to validate their self-worth.

Bakersfield Mist

Black Box Theater a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Stephen Sachs directed by Kate Warner a co-production with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

february 26–march 18, 2012

Maude Gutman has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. After the painting is rejected, Maude tries to offload it at a yard sale where she learns it might be much more than junk—it just might be the “find of the century,” an undiscovered Jackson Pollock painting. When Lionel Percy, a renowned art expert, arrives at Maude’s trailer to investigate the painting’s potential, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, truth, and what we personally perceive as valuable. Inspired by true events, this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Stephen Sachs asks, what makes a work of art truly authentic?

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Charles Mosesian Theater a drama by Eugene O’Neill featuring Will Lyman and Karen MacDonald

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Museum of Fine Arts examines the addictions, regrets, and deceits of the tormented Tyrone family. Through the course of a heart-wrenching day, the members of the family confront one another as their blame, resentment, and animosity explode. Don’t miss the talented Will Lyman and Karen MacDonald joining forces to deliver new powerful performances in this American masterpiece.

Little Shop of Horrors

Charles Mosesian Theater book and lyrics by Howard Ashman music by Alan Menken

april 29–may 20, 2012

In this Award-Winning musical with the melodious styles of 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop, and early Motown, a hapless florist shop worker, Seymour, finds a mysterious plant. As the plant begins to flourish and thrive, so does the flower shop’s business. Seymour quickly develops the confidence needed to successfully court the woman he desires, his co-worker Audrey, and together they begin to pursue their dreams. However, we soon realize Seymour is just a pawn in this paranormal plant’s diabolical scheme. Don’t miss this fun cult classic with beloved and well-known songs, such as “Suppertime,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly Seymour.”

Contact

New Repertory Theatre 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA 02472 www.newrep.org

Tickets

(617) 923-7060

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Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. Among the finest of their kind, the museum’s collections showcase an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime, and photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and over 20 historic properties.

Man Ray | Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism june 11–december 4, 2011

From 1929 to 1932, Man Ray and Lee Miller—two giants of the European Surrealism movement––lived together in Paris, first as teacher and student, and later as lovers. Their mercurial relationship resulted in some of the most powerful work of each artist’s career, and helped shape the course of modern art. Combining rare vintage photographs, paintings, sculpture, and drawings, this exhibition tells the story of the artists’ brief but intense association and reveals the nature of their creative partnership.

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Peabody Essex Museum Water as Art june 18, 2011–may 2012

Water as Art, in PEM’s interactive Art & Nature Center, highlights water as a medium for artistic expression and hands‐on exploration. Visitors encounter water in its different states— solid, liquid and gas—as they investigate artworks inspired by rivers, geysers, snowflakes, fog, and more. Water’s allure to contemporary artists as a creative medium is compelling, especially in relation to the unique, life-giving properties of this substance we so often take for granted.

Painting the American Vision july 30–november 6, 2011

In the mid-1800s, a loosely knit group of American painters— now known as the Hudson River School—forged a self-consciously “American” landscape. This vision was grounded in exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and an expression of cultural and national identity. Drawn from the celebrated collection of the New York Historical Society, this exhibition features 45 magnificent American landscapes, including Thomas Cole’s iconic series of monumental paintings, “The Course of the Empire,” as well as works by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher B. Durand, and others.

FreePort [No. 004]: Petter Hutton fall 2011

Peter Hutton has spent nearly 40 years voyaging around the world, often by cargo ship, to create meditative, intimate, and luminously photographed film studies of place. At Sea (2007) depicts the life cycle of a container ship—from mechanized construction in Korean shipyards, to a journey across the Atlantic and ending with the manual labor of ship breakers in Bangladesh. The title of the film evokes a loss of perspective, a metaphor born from the experience of a sea journey and its ability to strip us of our sense of scale, time, and distance.

Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge june–october 2012

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Peabody Essex Museum ential American photographer. A long-time resident of Carmel, California, Adams photographed the California coastline throughout his career, creating beautiful and evocative photographs of the junctions between land and water. Several of these, such as the famous “Surf Sequence” series of 1936–40, are widely acknowledged as masterpieces of Adams’s art. However, because they are so unlike the mountain landscapes for which he is best known, they are largely overlooked. This exhibition brings together his pictures of water in diverse forms at a range of sites for the first time.

Artist & Animal Collaborations june 2012–may 2013

Artists have been depicting animals for thousands of years, but a growing number of contemporary artists are working directly with animals to create art. In some instances the animals are presented as creative “partners,” in others, the artists tap an animal’s behavior(s) to create their work or serve as documentarians of the creativity they witness in non-human species. This show highlights our evolving relationship with and perception of animals, both in the wild and as companions. The works also express diverse interactions between humans and animals and raise important questions about the nature of creativity itself and what truly distinguishes humans from other animals.

Contact

Peabody Essex Museum East India Square Salem, MA 01970 www.pem.org

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19 20 21 22 23 24 25

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

29 30 31

26 27 28 29

25 26 27 28 29 30 31

april sun MON TUE WED THU

3

may sat

sun MON TUE WED THU

fri

sat

6

7

1

2

4

5

8

9 10 11 12

1

2

8

9 10 11 12 13 14

4

5

june

fri

6

7

3

sun MON TUE WED THU

3

4

5

6

7

fri

sat

1

2

8

9

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

29 30

27 28 29 30 31

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

july

august

sun MON TUE WED THU

fri

sat

3

6

7

4

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

5

1

2

8

9 10 11 12 13 14

sun MON TUE WED THU

5

6

7

september fri

sat

3

4

1

2

8

9 10 11

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

29 30 31

26 27 28 29 30 31

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8

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