—Virginia Newes, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Opera meets symphony in our season opener, featuring Boston’s beloved soprano Amanda Forsythe. Hear two stellar Classical symphonies—Mozart’s “Linz” Symphony No. 36 in C and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in B flat—paired with a set of virtuosic arias sure to dazzle–“Barbaro, o Dio, mi vedi” from Il re pastore, “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide, “Bella mia fiamma, addio” and “Anna, m’ascolta” from Haydn’s seldom-performed oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia.
Music Director Martin Pearlman conducts Boston Baroque’s orchestra.
Concerts begin at 8pm on Friday, October 25 and 3pm on Sunday, October 27.
“Linz” Symphony No. 26 in C
“Barbaro, o Dio, mi vedi” from Il re pastore
“Ruhe, sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide
“Bella mia fiamma, addio”
“Anna, m’ascolta” from Il ritorno di Tobia
Symphony No. 102 in B flat
Pre-concert lectures start one hour before curtain.
Steven Ledbetter will give a pre-concert lecture at 7pm on October 25.
Steve Ledbetter was Musicologist and Program Annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1998, at which time he created his own service, Steven Ledbetter Program Notes, and now writes notes for orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies and other musical entities; his program notes have appeared on every continent except Antarctica, and he is in demand as a pre-concert lecturer. He has written the notes for approximately 300 recordings. His scholarly specialties include the 16th-century Italian madrigal, American music, and musical theater. In 1991 his BSO program notes received an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for “distinguished print and media coverage of music.
Laura Stanfield Prichard will give a pre-concert lecture at 2pm on October 27.
Laura Stanfield Prichard is a Visiting Researcher in Music and Dance History at Harvard University and regular contributor to the Boston Musical Intelligencer. After teaching and performing in San Francisco for ten years, she is now a popular pre-concert speaker and university lecturer in the Boston (principal speaker for Boston Baroque and Berkshire Choral International). She was an Assistant Director for the SF Symphony Chorus under Vance George’s direction, and is a regular speaker/writer for the Chicago Symphony, New World Symphony, SF Symphony, SF Opera, and Merola Program.
What you will hear
Boston Baroque recordings are used when possible.