March 19, 2015
Evil stepsisters, a pumpkin-turned-carriage, and a lost glass slipper? It’s a fairy tale we all know and love. While watching Disney’s latest film, Cinderella, a warm hug of nostalgia wrapped around me as I recalled my fond memories of the animated version I popped into the VHS player as a child. This live-action film followed the original Disney plot with a couple of twists. Not only is there a beautiful prologue introducing Cinderella as a cheerful child with a perfect family, but there is also some added romantic tension, where Cinderella and the prince encounter each other before the ball. Despite these modifications, the plot was evenly paced, and aside from a few uncomfortably drawn-out romantic stares, the scenes efficiently captured the essence of the classic fairy tale.
March 12, 2015
When you hear Igor Stravinsky’s name, what comes to mind? For most, it would be the Rite of Spring, a revolutionary work that sparked a riot the night of its premiere. For others, the name may conjure up visions of Petrushka or the supernatural Firebird Suite. What is definitely not associated with Stravinsky is Johann Sebastian Bach, the master of fugue and counterpoint, whose groundbreaking musicality was deeply rooted in the German Baroque tradition. That is, unless you know the story behind Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat for chamber orchestra.
March 12, 2015
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has done more than create music with his Silk Road Ensemble — he’s united the world with an innovative approach to cross-cultural exchange. His eclectic group, which performed at Symphony Hall as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston last Wednesday, consistently breaks down the borders of music. Featuring instruments, composers, and musicians from every corner of the globe, the Silk Road Ensemble performed six original pieces — at times scattered, but thoroughly vibrant and entertaining.
- CONCERT REVIEW: A night full of a cappella (3/12/15)
- CONCERT REVIEW: Of All the Flowers: Songs of the Middle Ages (3/12/15)
- DANCE REVIEW: MoMA: Museum of MochA (3/5/15)
- BALLET REVIEW: True love and tragedy in Boston Ballet’s Lady of the Camellias (3/5/15)
- MOVIE REVIEW: Timbuktu: Life under terrorism (3/5/15)
- MOVIE REVIEW: Song of the Sea: A beautiful Irish tale (2/26/15)
- TV REVIEW: Farewell Pawnee! (2/26/15)
- CONCERT REVIEW: Debussy, Birtwistle, Liadov, and Stravinsky at the BSO (2/26/15)
- INDIE FIX: What We Do In The Shadows: Twilight meets The Real World (in a good way) (2/19/15)
- EXHIBIT REVIEW: Drawing Apart (2/19/15)