This week the BSO is cranking out three subtly different concerts, and I am extremely bitter that my comprehensive exams are preventing me from going to see the matinee performance. But never mind my trials, we have much to discuss.
Benevolent Dictator Jamie is all aflutter over the “Hearts, Cards, and Carnival” program that will be at the Meyerhoff on Thursday, March 25 and Sunday, March 28, and not unjustly. A Barber operetta about bridge? Great! Some signature Gershwin jazz fusion? Best kind! Stravinsky? Stravinsky with dancers? Yup, the BSO is performing Stravinsky’s score to the ballet Pulcinella, and they’re bringing in dancers from the Baltimore School for the Arts to perform along with it.
Okay, to be perfectly honest, given what I’ve seen of the stage layout I’m not entirely sure how that’s going to work out. Certainly it can’t go down like a regular ballet performance, unless the Meyerhoff spontaneously sprouts a pit. And even if it does, this is still a symphony concert, with the emphasis on the symphony, and I don’t know how much they want to minimize that in favor of dance. However, they will be there, spinning about in some capacity along the Pulcinella-ish vein, and as a devout fan of the Petrouchka score I wholeheartedly approve.
If you’re not feeling patriotic but still want to get your Russian on, there are two Pulcinella-centric performances on March 27 at the Meyerhoff. First is the matinee performance, a casual concert at 11 am which also features Peter and the Wolf. I don’t think the dancers will be there, but Prokofiev more than makes up for that, I’m sure.
Alternatively, that evening at 7 pm is an Off the Cuff concert for just Pulcinella with dancing intact. “Off the Cuff” means that Marin Alsop spends some of the concert dissecting and contextualizing the work in question. According to the brochure, in this case that will mean a discussion on the juxtaposition of tradition versus “startling modern rhythms” and neoclassicism.
Pulcinella contains a character named “Pimpinella.” Clearly you need to go.
Unless you also have comps, in which case, would you like to come over and study with me? We can sulk to The Rite of Spring and then maybe make a professorial sacrifice. Think it over.