March Staff Picks
MARCH to the beat of these drums…
With the luck of the Irish, the powerful legacy of women, and the promotion of arts education blessing this month, March is the perfect time to venture out to welcome spring with some fresh arts and culture. Here’s what we’re coming out of hibernation for…
What We’re Recommending:
Handel’s Jephtha | Presented by Boston Baroque
March 8 – 10
“Jephtha is one of Handel’s most excellent pieces, and the final oratorio he wrote. Handel was losing his sight as he completed Jephtha, which is sometimes staged as an opera. Learn more about the how this Biblical tale was put to music at a pre-concert lecture prior to either performance. Then, enjoy an all-star cast singing a heart-wrenching story of angels, sacrifice, and human folly. Boston Baroque is sure to knock Jephtha right out of the park.”
Venetian Baroque: Celebrating Barbara Strozzi | Presented by La Donna Musicale – RUMBARROCO
“Rumbarroco concerts are always a blast, so you don’t want to miss this one! Uncovering female composers from history, Rumbarroco, led by performer, scholar, and artistic director Laury Gutiérrez, is known for bringing early music to life unlike anyone else in the city. This concert focuses on lost Italian lady composers, and it’s for a good cause — a percentage of ticket proceeds will go to humanitarian efforts in Venezuela.”
Raise You Up with Todrick Hall | Presented by Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
March 16 – 17
“Todrick Hall is an incredible performer who has performed all over the country, from Broadway to his famous YouTube channel. His program with Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is sure to be a showstopper, particularly the numbers from Kinky Boots. I wish I was still performing with BGMC so I could join Todrick on stage!”
Endlings | Presented by American Repertory Theatre
February 26 – March 17
“A play deemed ‘unproducable’ by the playwright herself, very little has been revealed about Endlings, a new play currently being rehearsed at the ART. And let me be honest, I could not be more nosy in finding out what’s in store. What we do know is that the play tells the story of three elderly women on the Korean island of Man-Jae, who have spent their lives as ‘sea women’ (or haenyeos), diving in and out of the ocean to harvest seafood from the ocean floor. The work they do is dangerous, centuries old, and done without the support of oxygen; what’s more, this may be the last generation of women pursuing the tradition. Taking on this massive story, the three actresses have been rehearsing in full wet-suits, diving in and out of the pool, in preparation for ‘a body of water onstage’ (as rumored by the playwright). I mean, how can you not be interested in something of this magnitude? The suspense is killing me, and I’m so eager to see these incredible women on stage!”
South End Stringfest | Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston
“Celebrity Series of Boston is known for bringing in artists from all over the world, but they also do a lot to support local artists, including this month’s free South End Stringfest. Soul Yatra Trio will be performing a mix of world and bluegrass music alongside students from Boston String Academy and Josiah Quincy Orchestra. The performance will be at the More Than Words bookstore, so you can even do some reading or book shopping after the show!”
An Inspector Calls | Presented by ArtsEmerson
March 14 – 24
“An Inspector Calls is a classic. I remember seeing the 1954 film on television. Since its original stage production in 1945, An Inspector Calls has seen many revivals and has been made into feature and television films. The National Theatre’s Landmark Production comes to Boston this March. This production has been hailed the theatrical event of its generation and has won more awards than any other production in history. This thriller is definitely on my theatre must-see list for 2019.”
Dragon Cycle | Presented by American Repertory Theater
March 20 – April 6
“I am so excited to see the return of Dragon Lady and the area premiere of Dragon Mama, the first two pieces of the Dragon Cycle trilogy. I saw Dragon Lady at OBERON last year, and was totally bowled over by it. Sara Porkalob is a genius, and I’m very much looking forward to appreciating her brilliance again in one of my very favorite performance venues.”
Kathleen Ryan | Presented by MIT List Visual Arts Center
Now – April 21
“If you haven’t been, the MIT List Visual Arts Center is a fantastic free museum located around the corner from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s famous campus. They exhibit work of contemporary artists, and I’m particularly excited about one of their current exhibits, Kathleen Ryan: Cultivator. Kathleen Ryan is a New York-based sculptor who combines found objects like bowling balls with precious metals, gems, concrete, and more. Her works often defy gravity and expectation. Cultivator is Ryan’s North American institutional premiere, so catch this up-and-coming artist while her work is in town!”
Check out all these picks and more on the ArtsBoston Calendar.
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Pictured above: Photo from Endlings rehearsal, courtesy of Johnathan Carr.