11/21/2019

"Quixote Nuevo": Hombre de la Plancha, Early Stages

Emilio Delgado in "Quixote Nuevo"
(photo: T. Charles Erickson)

The new play with music, Quixote Nuevo, being performed as part of the Huntington Theatre Company's current season, may seem familiar, at least with respect to its main characters and general themes. After all, this tale of a somewhat loony (dare one say quixotic?) cavalier in 17th century Spain has morphed over the centuries from an iconic novel by Miguel Cervantes, to several films, an opera, a symphony, and perhaps its most successful adaptation as a piece of musical theater in Man of la Mancha. 


Emilio Delgado & Cast of "Quixote Nuevo"
(photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Updated to the present and relocated to La Plancha (literally “grilled on a metal plate”), a fictional town on the Texas/Mexico border, this version centers around a former literature professor and Cervantes scholar with early stages of dementia, Jose Quijano (Emilio Delgadi, who has portrayed Luis the lovable repairman on “Sesame Street” for four decades), who sets out not against windmills but the border patrol in search of Dulcinea (Gisela Chipe), a migrant worker on his father's ranch who has returned to Mexico. As in all previous iterations of the basic story, he is accompanied by his second banana, ice cream vendor Sancho Panza/Manny Diaz (Juan Manuel Amador) who helps him evade ICE. Our intrepid duo also has to evade Death Himself (Hugo E. Carbajal), as portrayed as one of group of guitar players or Calacas. Meanwhile the hero's sister plans to put him in an assisted living facility. Full disclosure: this critic has worked as a nurse for three different companies that provide such environments, and is quite familiar with the quandary of whether and when to remind a resident of their names or join her or him in a self-created world of one's own imagination. Can one blame this Quixote for persevering in his quest? And here's the rub: should one view Alzheimer's as funny?


Hugo E. Carbajal in "Quixote Nuevo"
(photo: T. Charles Erickson)

The first act (beginning with this new Quixote's challenge: “I know who you are, I know what you want”) is laced with sophomoric humor akin to the sort of dialogue one might encounter in a typical Hasty Pudding Club review, with silly allusions to Iron Man, Hoover vacuums, Game of Thrones, and scatalogically puerile bits of business. The second act gets a bit more serious, spotlighting Orlando Arriaga as Padre Perez (and other roles, a bit confusing). It is during several scenes with more sober content that the story at last comes alive. Written by Octavio Solis, one of the storytellers of the Oscar-winning Disney film “Coco”, it's meant as a funny take on this perennial fantasy, and to some extent it succeeds. It ends with our knight errant exclaiming as he dies: “How it trembles like the wall of Jericho (see, there's this wall along the border and all). . Fall, you horror! Fall and make room for Quixote!” to which Sancho declares: “I'm here, say the word”. But it's all for naught, a quest doomed to failure from the onset. Along the way, there are numerous opportunities for the talented cast of nine to excel, and they do, especially with respect to Delgadi's forlorn hero, whose performance is charming. The expert creative team includes Scenic Design by Takeshi Kata, Costume Design by Rachel Anne Healy, Lighting by Brian J. Lilienthal, Sound Design by David R. Molina and Musical Composition by Molina and Eduardo Robledo.



Emilio Delgado & Cast in "Quixote Nuevo"
(photo: T. Charles Erickson) 

First seen at California Shakespeare, this completely revised work is now a Co-Production of Hartford Stage, Houston's Alley Theatre and our own Huntington Theatre Company. Directed by KJ Sanchez, who had urged Solis (who grew up in El Paso on the border and was a consultant on the terrific Oscar-winning “Coco” animated film) to attempt this task. Solis wisely chose to expose cultural identity and memory, even on a personal level, and how much this can change as it both “sweetens our soul and torments it at the same time”. He asks if we can mend the past and go backwards in the same manner that we go forward, and can see the past in an entirely different light, with that knowledge changing us. Though it's a difficult process, putting ourselves under a microscope of sorts, he maintains that it's well worth the healing that may ensue. The same could be said for an audience member's enjoyment, if this sort of unsubtlety is her or his bag.

Share this impossible dream at Huntington Avenue Theater till December 8th.



11/17/2019

BSO's Greig (& Mahler): Leif Peepers

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes with the BSO
(photo: BSO)


For the first half of the unabashedly popular program presented this past week by the Boston Symphony, the orchestra, reunited with Conductor Andris Nelsons and the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, played the popular work of Edvard Grieg, arguably his most renowned longer piece, the Piano concerto in A Minor, Opus 16 (utilizing the Schumann Piano concerto as a template). Though he composed it in 1869, at the age of twenty-four, he continued to tweak the piece for the rest of his career. One Norwegian analyst has pointed out that the opening piano, built of a sequence consisting of a descending second followed by a descending third, is a very characteristic Norwegian musical gesture, typifying as it does the pervasiveness of folk imagery and sound. This first movement is loaded with accessible themes, some obviously derived from one another, others strongly contrasting. It creates richness that has played a significant role in maintaining the concerto’s appeal. The animato section of the first movement includes tunes similar to those used by fiddlers in the folk genre; the lyric song of the second movement is harmonized in the style of some of Grieg’s later folksong influences; and the finale contains dance rhythms reminiscent of the halling and springdans so typical of Norwegian lore. It brought back fond memories of a visit in Bergen Norway by this critic to the composer's simple but charming home in his fatherland, now a museum dedicated to its famed inhabitant. Sometimes referred to as musical comfort food, it was praised by none other than Tchaikovsky for its perfect simplicity. As performed at Symphony Hall by Andris and Andsnes, it showed how deserving a concerto can be, as judged by the audience's repeated standing ovations.


Soprano Genia Kuhmeier with the BSO
(photo: BSO)


Mahler's Fourth Symphony in G , the subject of the second half of the program, is the last of his trio of Wunderhorn symphonies, with text from the German folk poems Das Knaben Wunderhorn. Completed in 1901, it was first heard in Munich, then several other German cities, but poorly received in virtually all of them. Many felt it was too “sunlit”, transparent, and brief, thus un-Mahler-like. He dismissed critics' “banal misunderstandings”. (All ye critics take note). The composer himself felt his adagio was his best slow movement. The final movement is an expansion of an 1892 song Das himmlische leben (“Heavenly Life”) here featuring Austrian soloist soprano Genia Kuhmeier in her BSO debut. It's a work that features quirks such as no trombones or tubas, both beginning and ending with sleigh bells, demonstrating how transporting music can be. It was first performed in this country by the New York Symphony Society in 1904, while its first appearance on the schedule of the BSO was not until 1942. Suffice it to say that while it argues that no music on earth can rival that of heaven, and may lack the universal acceptance of his Second (“Resurrection”), this pointedly ends with the proclamation (amidst some strange images of heaven) “so that all may awake for joy”. And so it was, reflecting the ideal weather outside the confines of Symphony Hall.




11/14/2019

BLO's "Fellow Travelers": Climax Change

Jesse Blumberg & Jesse Darden in "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Liza Voll)

It's always a pleasure to discover and share a sensational new opera such as Fellow Travelers. It's one of those rare anomalies these days, a contemporary work that manages to be challenging in some of its modern music while at the same time surprisingly filled with lovely tonal composition. As one opera buff noted many years ago in reference to Wagnerian operas, just focus on the orchestral parts and the singing will come through, as in the end it always must. That's certainly true of this opera, with Score by Composer Gregory Spears and Libretto by Greg Pierce. First performed in 2016 by The Cincinnati Opera, based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, now being given its New England premiere by the ever-adventurous Boston Lyric Opera (which exceeds even its recent triumphant Handmaid's Tale), it's yet another thoroughly engaging production by a company that also travels, from concert halls to skating rinks. Quality is often defined in part by the process of taking risks (and succeeding at them), and this portrayal manages to do so while reflecting the frightening parallels between the “Lavender Scare” of the Era of McCarthyism and the false promises of the Error of Trump. While there is no explicit connection between then and now in the opera, it serves as yet another reminder (as quite recently noted by this critic) that history may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.


Jesse Darden & Jesse Blumberg in "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Liza Voll)

Since this is an unfamiliar opera, it necessitates a more comprehensive synopsis than most. It begins in September 1953 in a park at Dupont Circle in Washington D.C., where aspiring reporter, naive Timothy Laughlin (Jesse Darden), eating his lunch (with milk), is approached by the suave State Department employee Hawkins Fuller (Jesse Blumberg). “Hawk” flirts with Tim, later arranging for Tim to be hired as a speechwriter for Senator Charles Potter (James Maddalena), a friend of Senator Joe McCarthy (David McFerrin) who claims that the U.S. Government is full of “Communists, Soviet spies and homosexuals”. (Oh, my!). Tim drops off a thank-you gift for Hawk at his office, where he meets reporter Tommy McIntyre (Vincent Torregano), as well as Hawk's assistant and best friend Mary (Chelsea Basler), and his secretary Miss Lightfoot (Michelle Trainor). Tim is at home cooking soup when Hawk drops by, ultimately staying the night. The next day Tim enters St. Peter's Church, torn between his profound Catholic faith and his passion for Hawk. Miss Lightfoot overhears an intimate exchange between Tim and Hawk; Hawk is subsequently ordered to Interrogation Room M304 where an Interrogator (McFerrin again) tests his sexual orientation. Tim and Hawk discuss the interrogation, and Hawk's sexual encounters while alone in New York. The act ends rather abruptly (“what's in a name?”), leaving the audience unsure that it has indeed ended. But it's a very minor glitch among a scorefull of gems.
 

Jesse Darden in "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Liza Voll)

In Act II, Potter warns McCarthy he must give up helping Roy Cohn's friend David Schine to get special treatment in the Army, and give up Cohn himself. Mary is also in the warning mode as she describes (to Tim) Hawk's fickle nature, and tells Tim she is pregnant after a one-night stand. Hawk, rejoicing he's been cleared of homosexual allegations, wants to celebrate, which shocks Tim, leading to his enlisting in the Army. Mary quits her job with Hawk over the atmosphere of panic and persecution. Two years later, Tim writes to Hawk and Mary from where he's stationed in France. Hawk has married a woman named Lucy (Brianna J. Robinson) but implies he'd like to rekindle his affair with Tim. They rent a house in D.C. for their afternoon trysts, but Hawk warns Tim he cannot be for him all that Tim wants, resolving to end the affair. Hawk admits to Mary that he has secretly acted against Tim to end their relationship. In the last scene, at the same park at Dupont Circle where it all began, it is May 1957; the lovers face their futures.


Michelle Trainor & The Cast of "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Liza Voll)

The critical roles are those of the inexperienced Darden (his Catholic guilt in “Last night how many?”), the seductive Blumberg (“Our very own home, Skippy”) along with long-suffering Basler (“I worry, that's all”). All three are exemplary. McFerrin provides a creepily menacing McCarthy with his historically accurate harangues about “sexual subversives”. Several supporting roles, such as Potter's Assistant, a Bookseller, a Priest and a Technician, are sung by Simon Dyer. There are also two impressive operatic quartets in the second act. The production was Conducted by Boston University alumna Emily Senturia (the first time a woman has conducted this company's orchestra in two decades), leading a 17-piece orchestra. As she has described the score, it includes post-minimalist passages as well as baroque music (and heavy use of trombones) as well as patter in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan, making for unusually accessible music for a contemporary work; in fact, it's been stated that the predominant musical strategy used by Spears and Pierce is one of indirection. The rest of the creative team, some duplicating work they originated for the Minneapolis run, included Stage Director Peter Rothstein, Set Designer Sara Brown, Costume Designer Trevor Bowen, and Lighting Designer Mary Shabatura.


Chelsea Basler & Jesse Blumberg in "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Liza Voll)

Author Mallon (who observed “the scene” as a student at Brown and Harvard) calls his book a “political thriller”, with “outsized emotions...everything in the book is so claustrophobic, behind closed doors with drawn shades”. More to the point, he notes that “virtually every gay man has, at one point in his life, dated a guy who is mesmerizing but not good for them, ultimately”. It's been described as “Mad Men” meets “House of Cards”. Timothy doesn't see why he can't be a conservative and Catholic and still love whom he wants to love, and thinks their relationship is a gift from God, a view obviously at odds with the justly infamous Executive Order #10450 (banning homosexuals from government service). This represents a group described as almost entirely friendless, politically, making the opera's final betrayal (no spoilers here) all the more stunning. And stunning it is, to see such obviously mismatched a couple inescapably headed for an all but inevitable climax, so to speak.


Jesse Darden & Jesse Blumberg in "Fellow Travelers"
(photo: Lisa Voll)

Given the political climate at the time, it should not surprise that the opera's climax is a change from what one might expect today. And what more could one ask for in a contemporary opera? One needn't echo the famed line from the play Tea and Sympathy: “when you talk about this, and you will, be kind”, as, even apart from its political importance, the work stands as an engrossing story exceedingly well written and performed. BLO has outdone itself yet again with this opera for our time and for times yet to come. What an extraordinary feat.

At the close of the opera, the surtitles (appropriately written by Librettist Pierce himself) add historical heft: five thousand queers lost their jobs, only to receive an official retroactive apology decades later by former Secretary of State John Kerry on the last day President Obama was in office; that apology was quickly and quietly excised on January 20, 2017. Does this date ring any bells?

Hopefully, you made haste, fellow opera buffs, and traveled by November 17th to the Emerson Paramount Theater; but best you didn't tell them Joe (McCarthy, that is) sent you.



11/07/2019

ArtsEmerson's "Magic Flute": Survival of the Flautist


The Cast of "The Magic Flute"
(photo: Keith Pattison)

With its familiar overture suddenly performed as though never heard before, with drums and marimbas, this version of Mozart's “Magic Flute” was not the typical form of this deservedly popular allegorical opera, here adapted and directed by Mark Dornford-May for the Isango Ensemble of Cape Town. While the basic libretto and music are essentially the same, the sound is not, making for a unique reintroduction to Mozart’s magic. A production by Eric Abraham and the Young Vic (which won the 2008 Olivier Award in London as Best Musical Revival), this was a revelation. Told as a South African Tsonga folk tale (titled Impempe Yomlingo in the South African language of Xhosa), it resonates with tropes familiar to such folklore, from bird catchers to trial by fire and water.
 
 
The Queen of the Night in "The Magic Flute"
(photo: Keith Pattison)

With a cast of some two dozen dancing singers (actually quadruple threats, as actors and instrumentalists as well), it’s a revival in several senses, especially in the Musical Direction by Paulina Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis and Choreography by Lungelo Ngamlana, something to hear and see. With a raked Set Design by Dornford-May and Dan Watkins, Lighting Design by Mannie Manim and Costume Design by Leigh Bishop, this morality tale was given a whole new lease on life. If you think you’ve seen the definitive “Magic Flute” sometime in the past, think again. This was the “Magic Flute” of the present and the future. It’s not unlike rediscovering the pleasures of being in the company of an old friend, with suddenly renewed vim and vigor filling the Cutler Majestic Theater as perhaps never since the company's first visit with this production five seasons ago. The ensemble is even more energetic, though some soloists in this current production seemed out of their vocal comfort zone.

The survival of this flautist continued through November 10th.


11/04/2019

Odyssey's "Maria Regina D'Inghilterra": Tudor Compact

Amy Shoremount-Obra & Alise Jordheim in "Maria, Regina D'Inghilterra"
(photo: Kathy Wittman)

Odyssey Opera continued its streak of presenting seldom-heard operas recently with what is believed to be the North American premiere of Maria, Regina D'Inghilterra, by composer Giovanni Pacini with libretto by Leopold Tarantini, based on the 1833 play Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo. It was an unqualified success when first produced in Palermo in 1843, but would soon be overlooked and forgotten, until revived by Opera Rara in London in 1983, almost a century and a half later. Local audiences had two recent opportunities to experience its attributes for themselves, as local treasure Odyssey Opera presented the work on November 1st and 3rd as part of its Season of Tudors, (the second of six works this season) about an implied compact between Queen Mary and her Lord Chancellor and its dire consequences.



Cast of "Maria Regina D'Inghilterra"
(photo: Kathy Wittman)


The story takes place in 1553 London, three centuries earlier than its composition. Mary I, Queen of England (soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra), is infatuated with Scottish adventurer Riccardo Fenimoore (tenor Kameron Lopreore), whom she ennobled as Lord Talbot. He has been unfaithful to her with the foundling Clotilde Talbot (soprano Alisa Jordheim), the only surviving child of the late Earl of Talbot, now betrothed to (and adored by) the commoner Ernesto Malcolm (baritone Leroy Davis). Lord Chancellor Gualtiero Churchill (baritone James Demler) wishes to protect the Queen by bringing down Riccardo so he informs her of Fenimoore's duplicity, as well as Clotilde's being heir to the Talbot name. The Queen first condemns Fenimoore to death, then repents doing so, ordering Clotilde to help to get him released. To her dismay, however, Churchill has already seen to it that her earlier order to execute Fenimmore has been carried out. She collapses into the arms of her ladies-in-waiting. Also featured were Un Paggio (mezzo-soprano Katherine Maysek, very believable), Raoul (Craig Juricka) and Un Uffiziale (Gray Leiper).


Cast of "Maria, Regina D'Inghilterra"
(photo: Kathy Wittman)


The three act opera, presented at the Huntington Avenue Theater, with one intermission after the second act, was performed in Italian with English supertitles (often unintentionally laughable), Staged and Directed by Steve Maler, with stark Scenic Design by Jeffrey Allen Petersen, confusingly mismatched Costume Design by Brooke Stanton and effective Lighting Design by Jorge Arroyo. The production was Conducted by Gil Rose with the Odyssey Opera Orchestra, with high points being an Act II duet between Jordheim and Shoremount-Obra (whose regal acting, it must be said, seemed forced) as well as a quartet by the four leads.


Cast of "Maria, Regina D'Inghilterra"
(photo: Kathy Wittman)

In the end, it was librettist Tarantini who did the composer no favors with an incredible plot (even for an opera) and incomprehensible historical inaccuracies. Never fear, however, dear opera buffs, there are four more Tudor tributes in our future, with Odyssey performing Rosner's The Chronicle of Nine in February, Rossini's take on Elisabetta, Regina D'Inghilterra in March, Britten's Gloriana in April and German's Merrie England in June. It's enough to make a royal blush.   


10/28/2019

SpeakEasy's "Admissions": Affirmative Factions

Nathan Malin, Maureen Keiller & Michael Kaye in "Admissions"
(photo: Maggie Hall Photography)

One can't help but offer an obvious tagline for the play Admissions by Joshua Harmon (Significant Other, Bad Jews): “ripped from the headlines”. Tempting as that would be, one would have to concede that Harmon goes beyond one's initial expectations, confirmed in the current production by SpeakEasy Stage Company, of what is arguably the playwright's most controversial (and best) work to date. On the surface, it's pellucidly clear that affirmative factions are at play, as are other tropes such as ultra-liberal guilt and white privilege (once again, we know who we are).


Cheryl McMahon in "Admissions"
(photo: Maggie Hall Photography)

The plot centers around two married staff members at a tony New Hampshire prep school, Hillcrest. The school's self-righteous Head of Admissions, Sherri Rosen-Mason (spot-on Maureen Keiller) is married to its Headmaster Bill (tightly wound Michael Kaye), and both are concerned for the future of their 17-year-old son Charlie Luther (Nathan Malin, in an exquisite turn) and his lifelong dream of attending Yale. Perry, one of Charlie's classmates, has been accepted into Yale in part based on his biracial ethnicity, compelling Charlie, who status is “deferred”, to vent about what he feels is fundamental unfairness, questioning what makes someone a person of color, what constitutes diversity, and who gets to decide. Also in the cast are Ginnie Peters (the superb Marianna Bassham), Perry's white mother (oddly, we never meet either Perry or his black father Don) and Roberta (the amusingly scatterbrained Cheryl McMahon), from the school's development staff. Eventually Charlie proposes a change he wants to see in his world, which his parents warn could sabotage his future. As noted in the program, virtually everyone in the play is a hypocrite at some point (or at least inconsistent). Moreover, no person on stage is a person of color (not unlike the conspicuous lack of Native American actors in The Thanksgiving Play now playing at Lyric Stage Company). Nonetheless, Harmon leaves one to form her or his own opinions about the concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion (or, acronymically speaking, EDI).


Michael Kaye & Nathan Malin in "Admissions"
(photo: Maggie Hall Photography)

As astutely Directed by Paul Daigneault, the Producing Artistic Director for SpeakEasy, this 2018 Off-Broadway Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards deserving winner as best play, (one of the top ten plays produced this season throughout the country), this satire is fast-paced, running at one hour and 45 intermission-less minutes (only one of several shows now on view at local theaters that essentially make one's commute longer than the plays themselves). The creative elements include inventive Scenic Design by Eric Levenson, apt Costume Design by Charles Schoonmaker, effective Lighting Design by Karen Perlow, and fine Sound Design by Dewey Dellay.


Marianna Bassham & Maureen Keiller in "Admissions"
(photo: Maggie Hall Photography)

The play is problematic at times, such as Charlie's terrific seventeen-minute diatribe with the clincher: “If there are going to be new voices at the table, someone has to stand up and offer someone else his seat”. Asked if he is proud, he answers in the affirmative though doesn't reveal about what or whom he is proud. As Daigneault puts it in his program notes, Harmon doesn't feel he has to answer the questions he raises: “the real question of the play is: what happens when there is a deep rift between one's public values and private actions”. While the writing is sharp and witty, it's this wonderful cast and director who illustrate how thought-provoking theater can be. Great theater doesn't get much better than this; it's essential yet enjoyable homework.


Michael Kaye, Maureen Keiller & Nathan Malin in "Admissions"
(photo: Maggie Hall Photography)

One doesn't need to be a nuclear physicist to see the double entendre in the title or its resonance in tomorrow's headlines. Its theme of repetitious maneuverings remind one of several theatrical offerings now on local stages dealing with corrupt motives. In the end, one is tempted to add yet another tagline appropriate for Admissions from a quote variously attributed to Mary Queen of Scots (in Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, the new novel The Testaments) as well as to Mark Twain:     
    
     “History doesn't repeat itself....

     ....but it rhymes”.

It is now matriculating at SpeakEasy through November 30th.
   



10/26/2019

BSO's "Faure/Ammann/Messiaen/Debussy": French Dip

Composer Dieter Ammann
(photo: BSO)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's current program, with three French pieces on offer, is strong on Gallic elegance, from Gabriel Faure's Pavane to Olivier Messiaen's L'Ascension to Claude Debussey's La Mer. There was also an American premiere under Finnish Conductor Susanna Malkki, and featuring German-born Swiss Pianist Andreas Haefliger, Dieter Ammann's The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata).

Faure's Pavane, Opus 50 has been described as stately, gorgeous, and familiar, with its composer's calm, naturalness, restraint and optimism (as noted by none other than Aaron Copland). It was first written in the 1880's for solo piano, then recomposed in 1887 for a full orchestra (with possible chorus and dancers). It is a Renaissance court dance, or processional, which is delicate and seductive, with a mood like Debussy's Claire de lune, with visions of Arcadia. It begins with the most famous music with a supple flute solo by flautist Elizabeth Rowe, continues with the brass section featured, and finally its opening theme returns. It was well and subtlety performed under Malkki's caring baton.


Pianist Andreas Haefliger
(photo: BSO)

The first half of the concert ended with the American premiere of Ammann's The Piano Concerto (Gran Toccata), actually originally written for Haefliger, with both jazz and modern elements. It was an impressive performance by all, with a great deal of vitality and verve, which the audience seemed to support, though time will tell whether the work earns any future with orchestras around the world. It should be noted that Ammann titled it The piano concerto since he doesn't intend to compose another; in point of fact, he wrote as though he were composing for two orchestras (one being the piano itself) rather than the more traditional format with piano solos. Once again, Malkki was superbly in charge of what could easily be, in less capable hands, an uncontrolled train wreck. It makes all the more surprising the fact that she hasn't conducted at Symphony Hall in about a decade. Glass ceilings, anyone?

The second half of the program began with Messiaen's 1932 Alleluiah on the Trumpet, Alleluiah on the Cymbal from his L'Ascension, (its third movement), a piece with definite Debussy influences, which led naturally to the final work, which was, fittingly, Debussy's La Mer (which was given its American premiere in 1907 by the BSO), with its three movements portraying changing states of the sea over the course of a day, three “Symphonic Sketches”: From Dawn to Noon on the Sea, Play of the Waves and Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea. It was a fine antidote to the almost frenzied Ammann work, a perfect segue out into the lovely crisp autumn day.

The program is to be repeated tonight, Saturday October 26th.