An elegiac and fiery play about poetry and failed utopias, Bloody Poetry follows Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, and their lovers Mary Shelley and Claire Clairemont, into exile. This strange family, vilified for their private lives and socially banished to the Continent, try on the shores of Lake Geneva to find a new way of living, free of repression and constraint, and filled with love and revolutionary passion. But what emerges is a fascinating tangle of disappointments. Brenton stages the famous biographical events of the writers’ lives – the meeting of Shelley and Byron, the stormy night when Frankenstein was conceived – deftly and lyrically, a portrait of the failure of an ideal.
Performance Date: October 6, 1998
A peerless vocal improviser with a breathtaking range, Bobby McFerrin and his band return to the stage with his latest project influenced by the spirituals his father sang: spirityouall. Bobby McFerrin celebrates the transcendence of the American spirit with joyful new takes on familiar tunes. The 10-time Grammy¨ Award winner will always be the guy who sang Don’t Worry, Be Happy, but his “greatest gift to audiences may be transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space” (The LA Times). What Bobby McFerrin does is not an act; itÕs spontaneous invention. His legendary solo vocal performances have dazzled audiences all over the world and sent them home singing. Join Bobby and his band for an evening of virtuosic musicianship, community spirit and pure fun. ÒThere is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin. He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child and a be-bop trumpet.” (Newsweek).
Performance Date: April 17, 2014
The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra has a long and distinguished history dating back to its origins in 1776 as an ensemble of 13 musicians who accompanied singers in the first permanent theatrical troupe in Moscow. The orchestra has taken part in the premieres of numerous ballets and operas that would later form the Russian canon, including those of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra is now made up of some 200 players, most of whom trained at the Bolshoi Musical Academy. In addition to regular work in Moscow, the orchestra has performed in Japan, England, the United States, and Europe. The first-desk players of each section of the orchestra perform in the chamber group Ensemble of the Soloists of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
Performance Date; February 21, 2001
The Borodin Quartet commands a special position of respect in the chamber music world. In existence for more than 60 years, it has preserved a unique performance tradition, focusing on the masterpieces at the very heart of the quartet repertoire. Its interpretations are celebrated for their intensity and focus, a style in which individualism dedicates itself to the collaborative spirit of chamber music and total service of the composer’s wishes.
Performance Date: March 13, 1996
The classic tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers has been an inspiration to musicians and composers for hundreds of years. Featuring familiar music by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Bernstein and even Elvis Costello, the Boston Brass along with the Enso String Quartet use genre-crossing music to loosely tell the story of Romeo & Juliet in their own, unique way, by performing some of the finest and most familiar pieces written about Juliet and her Romeo. Celebrating 25 years together, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. With a 2010 Grammy® nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the Enso String Quartet, which began in 1999 at Yale University, has quickly become one of the country’s most accomplished young ensembles.
Performance Date: April 5, 2013
The Boston Camerata is America’s preëminent early music ensemble. Camerata’s musical performances are well known for their blending of spontaneity and emotional commitment with careful research and scholarship. With its distinguished roster of singers and specialists in early instruments, Camerata produces an intown concert series for audiences in the Greater Boston area. The Boston Camerata also tours regularly in the US and all over the world. These live performances present vital, historically informed performances of European music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras, and of early American music, sacred and secular.
Performance Date: February 19, 1986
The Boston Pops was born in 1885, when the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra first performed a summer program of light music in a cafe-style setting. The Pops has grown and grown in popularity until it is now known around the world as “America’s Orchestra.” Each year, the Pops performs in live concerts for more than a million people in its Boston’s Symphony Hall, outdoors at the Charles River Esplanade, and on its American and international tours. Add to their live performances the broadcast performances on PBS Evening at the Pops, the A&E Network’s Fourth of July live telecast, and the orchestra’s RCA recordings, and it is easy to see why the New York Times says, “The Boston Pops is the best-known, most recorded, and arguably most popular orchestra in the United States.” Kick off your Holiday Season in spectacular fashion with the Boston Pops and its popular conductor Keith Lockhart in a sparkling concert filled with fun, surprises, and all of your seasonal favorites.
Performance Dates: November 26, 2007; December 2, 2006; December 2, 2005; December 4, 2004; March 27, 2000; January 18, 1999
Get ready to turn up the heat! Here comes Bowfire, the sizzling new show that is sweeping the country. It’s the total violin and fiddle experience as eleven virtuoso performers of the classical, jazz, rock, country, Texas-style, bluegrass, gypsy, and Celtic styles meet in an electrifying musical performance that will knock you off your feet. The Houston Chronicle said “Bowfire blurred individual traditions in a fast-paced onslaught of top-flight playing!” You’re going to love this smoking hot theatrically staged extravaganza that features one show-stopping number after another.
Performance Date: March 29, 2005
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. While they have performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, they have served as the first Resident Quartet at Princeton University since 1999. During its first European tour, the Quartet was honored with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. “Their concert made it clear that these players could well be the best of the latest generation,” says the Philadelphia Enquirer. “Their level of individual technique was superb, while musical dialog necessary for rich chamber music was evident from first to last.” The Brentano String Quartet’s Norton Center debut includes Bach’s final contrapunctus from “Art of Fugue”; Bussoni’s string quartet No. 2 in d-minor; and Beethoven’s string quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with “Grosse Fugue” finale (Op. 133).
Performance Date: April 5, 2012
Brian McKnight’s name is synonymous with sophistication and romance. With hits like “Anytime,” “Back at One,” and songs from his latest August 2017 release, Genesis, multi-platinum recording artist McKnight puts on an incredible, intimate performance at the Norton Center this holiday season. In addition to being a singer, songwriter, and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, and trumpet. Collaborators across every genre have tapped his talents, from Quincy Jones and Justin Timberlake to Rascal Flatts and Willie Nelson. He has released 15 albums to date and has sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
He made his Newlin Hall debut with a concert of all-time favorites, holiday classics, and fresh tunes. A truly exceptional talent and one of contemporary music’s brightest stars, McKnight continuously wowed audiences around the world with this spectacular, one-of-a kind show.
Performance Date: December 2, 2017
One of the most intriguing and delightful aspects of a musical show is its ability to open up a whole new world to both its audience and cast. The show that does this better than any other is BRIGADOON. This is a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every one hundred years. It includes Waitin’ for My Dearie, I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean, Come to Me, Bend to Me, Almost Like Being in Love, There But for You Go I, The Heather on the Hill and My Mother’s Weddin’ Day. This is a tribute to simplicity, true love and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler.
Performance Date: November 29, 1998
Get ready for fun and great music as the Bulgarian State Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s lighthearted tale of love, deception, and the madcap events surrounding the union of Figaro and Susanna. Join in the mayhem as the residents of the Chateau tempt, trick, and torment each other as the big day looms ever closer. The beautifully staged production features a company of 90, including a live orchestra.
Performance Date: March 5, 2007