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Dance for the puppet master

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.

About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


9 thoughts on “Dance for the puppet master

  1. Even more fun for “Cards” would be Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes (“a ballet in three deals”). But then I have this soft spot for Stravinsky…

    Posted by Yvonne | March 23, 2010, 11:00 am
  2. If memory serves, the ballet was choreographed by Balanchine.

    Posted by Sheri | March 23, 2010, 11:11 am
  3. Actually, it was revived by Balanchine, but originally choreographed by Léonide Massine.

    Posted by Sheri | March 23, 2010, 11:15 am
  4. Stravinsky was a genius! Pimpinella is the shiznit! Don’t sleep on Furbo either, yo!

    “Pulcinella was my discovery of the past, the epiphany through which the whole of my late work became possible. It was a backward look, of course – the first of many love affairs in that direction – but it was a look in the mirror too…”

    You’re a Stravinsky fan too? Sulk on…

    Posted by Dr. Carney | March 23, 2010, 9:34 pm
    • “Stravinsky was a genius! Pimpinella is the shiznit! Don’t sleep on Furbo either, yo!”

      Do you lecture like this? Where do you teach? Why did I not go there?!

      Posted by Jenn | March 23, 2010, 9:49 pm
      • I’m a Director of BANDS, so I doubt we’d have many courses together – but I enjoy your blog. And yes, I do lecture this way, although I limit my usage of “shiznit” 😉 On a personal note, I’m a huge Stravinsky fan and plan on a tribute concert next Spring to include Symphony of Wind Instruments, Circus Polka, and the Piano Concerto.

        By the way, did you experience Circus Maximus?

        Posted by Dr. Carney | March 24, 2010, 2:06 pm
    • Unfortunately, the double whammy of upcoming comps/capstone portfolio prevented me from going to hear Circus Maximus, but I WILL be at the upcoming Beethoven’s seventh concert, come hell or high water.

      Posted by Jenn | March 24, 2010, 3:28 pm

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