March 20, 2011–Boston, MA – SUMMER STROLLS WITH DOMINIQUE LABELLE CONCLUDE THE BCO’S 31ST SEASON IN FANEUIL HALL APRIL 16 AND 17
Lush sounds of summer waft from historic Faneuil Hall when the great Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle joins Steven Lipsitt and the Boston Classical Orchestra to sing Samuel Barber’s richly textured “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 17 at 3 pm.
This lyric rhapsody to the American South will be preceded by evocations of spring and summer from The Seasons oratorio by Haydn (Introduction to “Spring”) and Glazunov’s The Seasons ballet (“Spring” and “Summer”). The program concludes with Beethoven’s light-hearted Symphony No. 8, written in the summer of 1812.
WBUR’s Mary Ann Nichols will talk about the music one hour before each concert in a pre-concert lecture free to all ticketholders.
Complementing the performance and pre-concert lecture will be a selection of readings from Edith Wharton‘s novels and travel writings, including Summer and Italian Backgrounds, presented in collaboration with The Mount, Wharton’s elegant 1902 estate and gardens in Lenox, MA.
Montreal-born Dominique Labelle came to international prominence as Donna Anna in Peter Sellar’s stunning production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, set in Spanish Harlem, which she performed in New York, Paris, and Vienna. Since then she has been acclaimed in repertoire ranging from Bach to the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Yehudi Wyner. A graduate of Boston University and winner of BU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, she has worked with conductors from Boulez to Zinman and orchestras from Boston to San Francisco.
Boston Classical Orchestra
The Boston Classical Orchestra, one of the leading professional orchestras in Boston, presents outstanding performances of the great works of the Early Romantic, Classical and Baroque periods, and other masterpieces for chamber orchestra in an intimate, relaxed, and historical setting.
All programs are in historic Faneuil Hall and are given on Saturday evenings at 8 and on Sunday afternoons at 3. Students are offered a 50% discount. Senior citizens are offered $3 discounts off each ticket.
Steven Lipsitt is in his twelfth season as Music Director of the Boston Classical Orchestra. Winner of the prestigious Dimitri Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in 1996, Maestro Lipsitt has conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Russia), West Czech Symphonic Orchestra, Athens Camerata, Orchestra ton Chromaton, State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (Canada), and, closer to home, Boston Ballet Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra,.
As an opera conductor, Steven Lipsitt has collaborated with Scottish Opera, English National Opera, the Kennedy Center Opera House, and Boston Lyric Opera.
Historic Faneuil Hall
Built in 1742, Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall is one of the most extraordinary concert halls in the Western Hemisphere. Not only is it a venue of unsurpassed historical significance and exceptional intimacy, Faneuil Hall also gives music lovers the remarkable experience of being able to thrill to performances of Classical and Romantic era masterworks in the very kind of hall where they might have received their world premieres.
Tickets from $19-65 - including discounts for senior citizens and students (ID required) - are available from Boston Classical Orchestra. Call 617-423-3883 or visit www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org. P.O. Box 152, Newton MA 02468.
Historic Faneuil Hall is wheelchair accessible.
The 2011-2012 season of the Boston Classical Orchestra is made possible in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.