Boston Symphony, under the direction of James Levine, will
continue a wonderful season this weekend with a series of
performances; we’re going to highlight Saturday night, when,
with soprano Hei-Kyung Hong (pictured), baritone Matthias
Goerne and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, they’ll perform
a work of monumental beauty and feeling.
Brahms’ majestic, moving A German Requiem (Ein
Deutsches Requiem) was written in memory of his mother,
and his mentor, Robert Schumann. It’s ostensibly a religious
work, but, as critic Jan Swafford wrote in the BSO’s program
notes, it has “no trace of incense, no bowing to the altar.
. . . It is a spiritual work in the universal language of
The Boston Symphony Orchestra and guests will perform Brahms’
A German Requiem at 8:30 PM Saturday (July
24) at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed (Lenox, Mass.).
Tickets are $18 (lawn)-$89. For more info, call (413) 637-5165.
The Broadway Tour
ads for this touring production stress the presence of actors
Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, who’ve performed the show
something like a gazillion times. And that’s fine. But the
real reason to see Rent—from the day it opened on
Broadway to the day this company hits the stage at Proctors—is
the score, by the late Jonathan Larsen. It was, and remains,
By now, you know the musical’s plot: It’s La Boheme
on the Lower East Side. It’s got tears, laughs, and struggling
with AIDS. The only thing we don’t understand is why (spoiler
alert) the junkie girl gets to live. Oh well. We’re old-school.
The Broadway Tour will be performed at Proctors (432
State St., Schenectady) beginning Tuesday (July 28) and
continuing through Aug. 2. Tuesday-Saturday performances
are at 8 PM; additional 2 PM matinees will be presented
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $65. For
more info, call 346-6204.
ooh wee ooh wee. Wee ooh wee ooh wee. Be forewarned, lady
cops: Weezy’s coming to town.
The always prolific Lil Wayne has had an outstanding run
over the last 18 months or so. Besides the multi-platinum
success and multiple Grammy wins for his Tha Carter III
disc and its gaggle of hit singles, he’s appeared on hits
by about a dozen other artists. He also became the first
rap artist to perform at the Country Music Awards, and wound
up prognosticators with the promise of Rebirth, his
oft-delayed foray into hard rock, now due for release in
This week’s show makes up for Weezy’s canceled date last
December, with interest. In front of Lil Wayne is Young
Jeezy, who, like Wayne, has been making the guest-appearance
rounds: His spot on Usher’s “Love in This Club” earned him
a Grammy nomination this February. Also on the bill is inexplicably
durable Internet sensation Soulja Boy and unsigned (but
surely not for long) rapper Drake.
Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Drake will perform
Wednesday (July 29) at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga
Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). Tickets for the 7:30
PM performance range from $35.75 (lawn) to $125.75. Call
the SPAC box office at 587-3330 for more information.