Featuring: The Robinson Ballet Bangor Area Children's Choir Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Unwrap this treasured holiday gift featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Robinson Ballet and the Bangor Area Children's Choir in a full performance of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet for the whole family. This is a true Nutcracker experience, complete with a thrilling battle scene, elegant dances, and a Christmas tree that grows and grows. Meet Clara, the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Fairy and other characters after the show! Bring home a holiday souvenir from the Nutcracker store.
An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen's production-the first new Met Falstaff since 1964, is set in the English countryside in the mid - 20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season's Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L'Elisir d'Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.
Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure, embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.
Come join Buddy, Tiny, Don and all of their friends and family in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth... and rode in trains! Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure
Little Buddy is a proud Tyrannosaurus Rex living happily in the Pteranodon family nest. But, what exactly makes Buddy a part of this family, and just what will happen when he gets bigger and can't fit in the nest anymore? Buddy wants to know, so the Pteranodons decide to hop aboard the one and only Dinosaur Train and set off on an adventure across the Mesozoic to take Buddy to see his good friend King Cryolophosaurus. King's giving a big concert in Troodon Town and will be a great pal for Buddy to talk to and figure it all out. But - oh no! King is missing! Will Buddy and the gang be able to find him in time for his concert? Just why is King hiding anyway? And will Buddy discover what makes him special and such an important part of the Pteranodon family?
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt unite on stage for an unforgettable night of intimate acoustic music.
Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music's most vibrant and iconic performers. A Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor, he has broadened the definition of American music, fusing elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers.
John Hiatt is a talented singer and guitarist best known for his prolific songwriting. His songs have been successfully covered by musicians from Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers to Iggy Pop and Three Dog Night. With 11 Grammy nominations and 24 albums to his name, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.
Wagner: Overture to Tannahuser Tin: Sirens (World Premiere) Richman: TBD (World Premiere) Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Composer Christopher Tin and Maestro Richman reunite for the world premiere of Tin's Sirens for orchestra and vocal quartet. Tin and Richman previously collaborated on the GRAMMY-winning album Calling All Dawns, a thrilling fusion of world and orchestral music. Tin is known for his work as a composer for video games and film, and his song 'Baba Yetu' was the first work written for a video game to ever win a GRAMMY award. Richman will also compose a world-premiere work for the program, which is rounded out by Wagner's glorious Overture to Tannhauser and Richard Strauss's epic tone-poem, Death and Transfiguration.
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter: American composer John Williams has created some of the most iconic movie music of our time, earning nearly 50 Academy Award nominations along the way. Experience your favorite scores live at this special POPS presentation.
Having impressed international audiences and the press with their highly refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world's preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.
PROGRAM: Haydn C Major, Cha Ka Nin, Christos Hatziz and Mendelssohn C minor
The great Renee Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorak's soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Jezibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium.
RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band. Featuring all the hits you love. RAIN takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles. Don't miss the Broadway smash that's taken the world by storm...RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.
Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.
Copland: Appalachian Spring Harrell: Concerto for Horn (World Premiere) Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
Anticipating cabin fever, the BSO performs a spring-themed program in March, featuring Aaron Copland's classic work of Americana, Appalachian Spring, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). Horn player Richard Todd -- celebrated for his performances from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl -- will showcase his innovative style in the world-premiere of composer Mark Harrell's Concerto for Horn.
Multi-platinum country-music quartet! A twenty-year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand new album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with over 90 dates scheduled in North America alone. "Twenty years ago, when we put this little band together to play in some bars and make a little money, I dreamed it pretty good," admits keyboard player and songwriter Dean Sams. "But I never dreamed it quite this good." Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of ten million album units since their national launch in 1995 and achieved ten #1 country hits including "No News," "Come Crying To Me," and their crossover smash "Amazed" (which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983's "Islands in the Stream" to top both charts). The band's awards include a 1999 ACM Single of The Year for "Amazed" (the song also won the Song of the Year award) and the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year.
The quartet have been chosen to participate in BBC Radio 3's prestigious New Generation Artists' scheme and are the recipients of a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In April 2010, their disc of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert on the Wigmore Hall Live label was given the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award. This year they had their debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a week long tour in Europe with pianist Jonathan Biss, appearances at The Sage Newcastle, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and the City of London, Cheltenham and East Neuk Festivals. Future projects include a five concert series at Wigmore Hall, a US tour including their Carnegie Hall debut, returning to Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and participating in Jonathan Biss's Schumann project.
PROGRAM: Beethoven Op. 18 No. 4, Kurtag Officium Brave and Beethoven Op. 59, No. 2
Two of opera's greatest artists - Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch - appear together for the first time at the Met in Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance. It is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit production of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.
Alessio Bax is praised for creating "a ravishing listening experience" with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations and dazzling facility. "His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity," says Gramophone magazine, leading to "an out-of-body experience" (Dallas Morning News). First prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has appeared as soloist with over 90 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Dallas and Houston symphonies, NHK Symphony in Japan, St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.
PROGRAM: Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
With his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice, John Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often overlooked crannies of everyday life. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician..he is an American treasure.
Now over forty years since his remarkable debut, John Prine has released The Singing Mailman Delivers, a two-disc archival set featuring his earliest studio and live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his premiere album. These tracks reveal a younger Prine as an honest and unassuming songwriter, writing words on his mail route by day and moonlighting as a folk singer in Chicago clubs at night.
Puccini's moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history, and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimě in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.
Jennifer Barnett, soprano Andrew Skoog, tenor Christopher Sanders, baritone University of Maine Singers & Oratorio Society Lucas Richman, conductor
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" Orff: Carmina Burana
The Masterworks Series concludes in April with a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana featuring the University of Maine Singers and Oratorio Society and guest vocalists Jennifer Barnett (soprano), Andrew Skoog (tenor), and Christopher Sanders (baritone). Famous from the countless film incarnations of "O Fortuna," Carmina Burana is a masterpiece that is sure to close the season in spectacular style.
Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
They are the prizewinners of the 61st International ARD Munich String Quartet Competition and the 2nd Hamburg International String Quartet Competitions. Grand prize winners of the Fischoff, Coleman, Yellow Springs and Chesapeake National Chamber Music Competitions.
PROGRAM: Beethoven Op. 18 No. 1, Golijov "Tenebrea" and Schubert "Death and the Maiden"
The Rainforest Reptile Show Reptiles in Peril is a multifaceted presentation that sends its audiences on an exciting, fascinating adventure through the rare and endangered reptile world. Features American Alligators, which successfully came off the endangered species list, the extremely rare and critically-endangered Chinese Alligator, the large endangered Alligator snapping turtle, the African Spur tortoise that weighs in at just over 100 pounds, a water monitor lizard from the rainforests of Indonesia, an argentine black and white Tegu, the giant 15-foot Burmese Python, the Boa Constrictor, and venomous snakes such as a Gabon Viper and a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
After 20 years in the music biz, self-described "Little Folksinger" Ani DiFranco is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians,activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger, too, but her understanding of that term has always been far more expansive than a bin at the record store or a category on iTunes, with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, including the live double - CD Living in Clip and the two-disc career retrospective Canon, as well as her latest, Which Side are You On, Ani has never stopped evolving, experimenting, testing the limits of what can be said and sung. Her lifelong tribe of co-conspirators includes everyone from Pete Seeger and the late Utah Phillips to a new generation of twentysomething singer-songwriters who grew up with her songs and shows - and then there's the motley crew of folks like Prince, Maceo Parker, Andrew Bird, Dr. John, Arto Lindsay, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Gillian Welch, Cyndi Lauper, and even Burmese activist and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, with whom she has crossed paths in a myriad of ways.
Theatre of Illusion is not your run-of--he-mill magic show, and the Spencers are not your typical magicians. The Spencers carry a lot of equipment in their 65 foot customized truck and trailer, but a rabbit and a top hat are not in the inventory. The Spencers' production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. With a background in clinical psychology, Kevin likes to say, "I was going to help people's minds, but now I just mess with them." Theatre of Illusion stands in stark contrast to the traditional magic show. Spencer sees it not as a stage full of tricks used to fool people, but as a way to inspire viewers with a sense of wonder. By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, these artists take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility... and back again. Audience members don't simply watch the show, but are also invited to participate in the magic. Using magic much like a storyteller uses words, Kevin fuses this family-friendly production with a gamut of emotions. And with the skills of a master showman, he creates a world where nothing is impossible and anything can happen.
A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola, a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high - flying tenor Juan Diego Florez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.
For thousands of years humankind has turned toward the sun for inspiration, be it spiritual, philosophical, or poetic. Ancient sun myths from around the world continue to fascinate scholars and lay people alike. In many Native American cultures each day begins with "running to the sun" - a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline -- a daily search for the sacred.
ETHEL, the pioneering string quartet, and GRAMMY winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal present a program inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes (Tdoop - Pootse) and drums (Mooloo), as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, ETHEL and Mirabal unite to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event. Included on the program are collaborations on Robert Mirabal's compositions as well as arrangements of ancient Native American music for strings, flutes, percussion, and voices. Musician, writer, singer and storyteller, Robert Mirabal is Native America's most dynamic and best-selling artist. In addition to the music and instruments he creates, he is also a celebrated painter, poet and playwright. He is the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge, a book of poetry, prose and short stories. Mr. Mirabal is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award, three GRAMMYs and the New York Dance and Performer's "Bessie" Award for composition.