Handel and Haydn Society's St. Matthew Passion
Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Strauss at the New England Conservatory
Boston Children's Chorus Celebrates MLK Day
The Boston Children's Chorus sings a program to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the program:
King Fit the Battle of Alabam' - Duke Ellington, arr. Feigenbaum
I'm Building Me A Home - Trad. Spiritual, arr. Trecek-King
Driva Man from We Insist, Freedom Now Suite - Max Roach, arr. Feigenbaum
Freedom Song - Robert Kyr
The Death of Emmett Till - The Ramparts, arr. Feigenbaum
Only Love - Martin Luther King, arr.David Horst
Amazing Grace - arr. Jackson Berkey
Poor Man Lazrus - arr. Jester Hairston
Hold On - arr. Moses Hogan
Come Sunday - Duke Ellington, arr. Andaya
When Love Wins the Day - Roger Treece
Before My Time from Chasing Ice - J. Ralph, arr. Feigenbaum
Rock My Soul - arr. R. Jackson
One Day - Matisyahu, arr. Feigenbaum
Boston Children's Chorus
Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director
More about the chorus
A Tribute to The Hilliard Ensemble
The Handel and Haydn Society Bicentennial Season Opening Concert
Handel's Samson with H+H
Classical New England is proud to present the world broadcast premiere of what you could call a “screwball tragedy:” Agostino Steffani’s 1688 Opera Niobe: Regina di Tebe (“Niobe, Queen of Thebes”), a work that lay forgotten until its revival in 2008, and subsequent North American premiere at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival.
The opera opens with Anfione, the King of Thebes (sung brilliantly by the emerging French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky), who wants nothing more than to hang up his scepter and immerse himself in metaphysical contemplation of the harmony of the spheres. But Anfione’s celestial ambitions are dashed by a litany of earthly troubles: a foreign invasion, a kidnapping, adultery by enchantment, a dancing bear, and some very angry gods.
In Steffani's opera, the King of Thebes is at turns an enlightened demi-god, an enraged, jealous husband, and a bellicose warrior-king…and that's just one of a litany of complex characters in this spectacular opera, bringing to life Ovid's timeless tale of love, pride and divided loyalties: We also get Queen-with-attitude Niobe herself (sung by Boston favorite Amanda Forsythe), the lovesick courtier Clearte (Kevin Skelton), who pines for Niobe, the enemy prince of Thessaly (Matthew White), who also has designs on the haughty Queen; Jose Lemos is the wisecracking nurse Nerea, Colin Balzer and Yulia Van Doren as the young lovers Tibernio and Manto; Charles Robert Stephens as Manto’s father, the blind soothsayer Tiresia; and Jesse Blumberg in a crackling role as the evil magician Poliferno. Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette co-direct the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra in a production recorded by WGBH engineers at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.