Met:Live presentations continue
today with ‘The Nose’
BRATTLEBORO -- William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s "The Nose," a popular and critical success when it premiered in 2010, returns to the Met for its first revival screening at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, at 12:55 p.m., as part of MET LIVE in HD, with Paul Smelkov conducting.
Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the leading role of Kovalyov, a hapless bureaucrat who awakes one morning to discover that his nose has run away. Andrey Popov returns to the role of the Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis makes his company role debut as the peripatetic title character.
Kentridge is one of the world’s preeminent visual artists. His work has been the subject of major gallery shows and museum retrospectives around the world. As a stage director, he has created acclaimed multimedia productions of Büchner’s "Woyzeck," Monteverdi’s "Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria" and Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte." He made his Met debut with this production of "The Nose" in 2010 and will create a new production of Berg’s "Lulu" in a future Met season.
"The Nose" will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the world on Saturday at 12:55 p.m. as part of the Met’s Live in HD series Soprano Patricia Racette hosts the transmission. For more information on this season’s performances of "The Nose," visit www.metopera.org.
For ticket information, call 802-254-1109, ext. 4. MET Forever Club Members pay $24; general admission is $26.
Ladies in Jazz series resumes tonight
with Evelyn Harris and Samirah Evans
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- When vocalist Evelyn Harris took the Arts Block stage last March, she expected to share it with Samirah Evans. After all, she was there at the invitation of the former New Orleans jazz and blues singer, who had been producing a "Ladies in Jazz" series at the Greenfield, Massachusetts concert hall for several months.
An illness that morning rendered Evans unable to perform, however. Harris, who is no wallflower, made the concert her own and earned three standing ovations from the packed house. Still, she wished her friend Evans had been by her side to take a bow.
Fans of the two artists will finally get the chance to see these dynamic vocalists together tonight, when the "Ladies in Jazz" series resumes at the Arts Block after a summer hiatus. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased for $17 at theartsblock.com or by calling 413-774-0150. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, $10 for students with a valid ID.
The trio of supporting musicians includes another prominent female jazz musician in drummer Claire Arenius, as well as Paul Arslanian (piano) and David Picchi (bass). Arenius is a 35-year veteran of the New York and New England jazz scenes and has performed with Melba Liston, Slide Hampton, Archie Shepp, Mose Allison, Sheila Jordan and others.
As the new director of VOICES of New Africa House at UMass, Evelyn Harris has taken the baton of the late Dr. Horace Boyer and begun a new chapter in that choir’s history. Harris recorded and co-produced 10 albums during her 18-year tenure with the acclaimed women’s a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock and received a Grammy nomination in 1988 for her composition, "State of Emergency." Harris relocated to the Pioneer Valley in 2002. She currently directs The Ku’umba Women’s Chorus at the Northampton Community Music Center and uses singing as cognitive therapy with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in several are nursing homes.
Evans was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vt., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She formed Samirah Evans & Her Handsome Devils in 2007 and has performed at clubs, concert halls and music festivals throughout the northeast. She has shared stages with James Brown, B.B. King, Irma Thomas, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison, Jr., among others in her career.
Ladies in Jazz is a musical series conceived by Silktone Productions and co-produced with the Arts Block. Every other month, the series brings Evans together in concert with another female jazz vocalist or instrumentalist. The goal is to introduce new women artists to audiences in western Massachusetts, as well as bring established women artists to the area.