MUSIC

FEB. 22–24 (7:30 pm): A WINTER GATHERING OF NEW MUSIC & MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE

  The experimental theatre company, Sleeping Weazel, recently recognized in WBUR ARTery’s 2017 list of memorable Boston theatre, is presenting A Winter Gathering of New Music & Multimedia Performance at the Plaza Black Box Theatre in the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Their goal is to bring Boston’s music and theatre lovers in from the February cold to socialize and experience new music and multimedia performance that will explore notions of home, memory, and the human cost of involuntary migration. The program includes Sleeping Weazel’s Managing Director, interdisciplinary writer as well as curator for the evening, Adara Meyers with a piece titled Picture This. This work marks her debut in performance via “selfie” video art, dance, and memories of childhood marred by a ruptured family history. The evening program also includes an improvised musical performance by Thread Ensemble which includes a collaboration with the audience. Created by Romanian theatre artist Ioana B. Jucan along with her international collaborators is a devised ritual performance that one does in the absence of a permanent home when confronted with the fleeting realization that home is a place existing primarily in one’s mind . Composer Kirsten Volness’ transcendent music rounds out this Salon-style show that highlights an exciting group of cutting edge New England-based artists. Warming refreshments will be served. For more information about this evenings blend of enchantment, melancholy, humor, as well as the tragic sublime, and to view a complete schedule of performances and to obtain Pay-what-you-choose tickets ($5-$25) go online at www.bostontheatrescene.com

FEB. 25 (2pm): THE COUNTRY JAMBOREE

        The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston at 617 Lexington St. in Waltham celebrates classic American country for one concert only. The Country Jamboree brings back the glory days of country music with the songs of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynne, Willie Nelson and more. Featuring a cast of seasoned musicians who have performed with some of country music‘s most popular artists it will be like spending an evening at The Grand Ole Opry as they take you from all-out hoe-down to poignant love song – and everything in between!

   The Country Jamboree cast boasts four vocalists that include Major McCain ; Miss Jeanne Monroe; Lady Di St. James; and Jackson Jackson who is also on Bass. The rest of the band consist of Luther Jackson on Pedal Steel; Dallas Tanner on Drums; Tex Baker on Piano and Buck McAllister on Guitar. To purchase tickets or to obtain more information, visit www.reaglemusictheatre.com

MARCH 4 (11:00 pm): STEPHEN JAY & JIM “KIMO” WEST (The Parallel Universe Tour)

        This duo, members of Weird Al” Yankovic’s band, will perform a late night show at Club Passim 47 Palmer St. in Cambridge as part of their Parallel Universe Tour. Jay and West are performing earlier in the evening with “Weird Al” at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston before heading to Harvard Square for this rare performance. As original band members for “Weird Al” Yankovic, Stephen Jay (bass) and Jim West (guitar) are well-known to the legendary musical satirist’s legions of fans as master musicians who can replicate any genre with total precision. The hard-cores know that Jay and West are shape-shifting solo artists in their own right. For the first time in over three decades of recording and touring with “Weird Al,” fans will have the rare opportunity to experience Stephen Jay and Jim “Kimo” West perform their own original, distinctive music. Stephen Jay’s bass-driven funk is an exotic blend of world-influenced polyrhythmic grooves seasoned with elements of jazz and rock. His combination of ethnic and modern instruments and styles results in unique, richly textured musical images. Jay’s songs assault you with intricate complexity, assuage you with timeless melodies and offer an oasis for the soul. Jay has been voted one of “Today’s 20 Top Bassists” by International Musician and Recording World magazine. Defying categorization of his music, Jay states, “my music lives in the spaces between the notes.” Jay’s new album, SO DO I SADIE, is a soul-filled collection of songs curated from previous releases. Jim “Kimo” West is recognized as one of the world’s top practitioners of the art of traditional Hawaiian “slack key” guitar. Based on a variety of open tunings, slack key music, like the waters of his second home of Hana, Maui, wash over you. A recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a nominee for the Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu (Hawaiian slack key music), West’s new album, MOKU MALUHIA-PEACEFUL ISLAND, is a pristinely recorded collection of original Hawaiian “slack key” guitar compositions using both traditional and modern elements to transport the listener to their own “Peaceful Island.” The Parallel Universe Tour is bringing the artists to intimate settings in select cities as they travel throughout North America with Weird Al’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. Music heads will have the chance to simply experience their masterful musicianship live. Tickets available now at www.passim.org

MARCH 8 – 25: THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY

The Greater Boston Stage Company at 395 Main St. in Stoneham presents Pulitzer Prize winning author of Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt’s delightful, musical celebration of Irish heritage. The revue is filled to the brim with humor, stories and heart. Inspired by a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. McCourt’s wit, insight and boundless love for the Irish are underscored by music extending from the auld Irish folk ballads to World War II standards, and beyond. The production boasts original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee and is presented by special arrangement with The Irish Repertory Theatre Company, Inc. Directed by Dawn Simmons with Music Direction by Kirsten Salpini, the show features William Gardiner*, Nile Hawver*, Michael Levesque, Kirsten Salpini and Ceit Zweil* (*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association). You don’t have to be Irish to be celebrating the wearing of the Green. Tickets for this festve show may be obtained at www.greaterbostonstage.org

MARCH 11 (3pm): ENCHANTING INTERVALS

The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra will present this lovely ode to Spring concert at the Kennedy Middle School, 655 Lexington St. in Waltham. The program will include LIADOV’s Enchanted Lake, GLIÈRE’s Concerto for Coloratura with Yelena Dudochkin, Soloist and BORODIN’s Symphony No. 2. A Pre-Concert Lecture will be held at 2:30pm. Tickets may be obtained at www.wphil.org

MARCH 15: PETER ASHER & JEREMY CLYDE

                      The REGENT THEATRE at 7 Medford St. in Arlington presents pop legends Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde. Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon were the first Invaders to follow the Beatles to the pinnacle of the US charts with their globe dominating smash, “A World Without Love”, a Lennon-McCartney gem given to the duo by Paul himself. Before that summer of ’64 was complete, Peter & Gordon would follow up with “Nobody I Know”. Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy, fellow graduates of the swinging London music scene, then joined the invasion with two masterful tunes of their own, “Yesterday’s Gone” and “Summer Song”. Both remain at the top of their game. Jeremy Clyde is fresh from the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, where he appeared as Denis in Tim Firth’s “The Girls”, while Asher continues to be heard each week on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel with “From Me To You”, the radio show he hosts and produces. He also produced “The Long Awaited Album” by Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. Asher and Clyde will present their great songs, along with pictures and stories of the fabulous Beatles, Stones, Del Shannon, Searchers, James Taylor, Badfinger, John Barry and many more in this multimedia memory fest. These respective British Invasion duos were collectively responsible for 30 Billboard chart hits so expect an evening of songs known and loved. From the Chad & Jeremy catalog, they bring you “Distant Shores”, “Willow Weep For Me”, “Before and After”, “A Summer Song”, “Yesterday’s Gone” and more while, from the Peter & Gordon songbook comes “Woman”, “I Go To Pieces”, “I Don’t Want To See You Again”, “Lady Godiva”, and “A World Without Love” among others. Tickets for this great evening of “oldies but goodies” may be obtained at www.regenttheatre.com

MARCH 16 – 25: THE THREEPENNY OPERA

  Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) has taped into iconic 20th Century works for this Spring season. The Huntington Avenue Theater at 264 Huntington Avenue hosts this new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 classic opera. This composition is an irony-laced take-down of capitalist values. The work premiered 90 years ago in Berlin and is set in Victorian London on the eve of a royal coronation. The story surrounds the adventures of the criminal Macheath (a.k.a. Mack the Knife), who marries Polly Peachum. Her father runs a beggar-driven business and vows revenge on Macheath but is thwarted by the friendship between Macheath and the chief of police, Tiger Brown. But Polly betrays him by turning him into the police for money. Macheath attempts to evade his arrest and execution and runs to his former lover, Jenny. With her, he laments his criminal ways, and begs her forgiveness before having to face the gallows. Directed by James Darrah, recipient of the first Music Critics Association of North America Award for Best New Opera, BLO’s new production uses Michael Feingold’s 1989 translation. Darrah, who makes his Boston professional debut with this production, stated, “I remember…realizing so many of the ballads and narratives I fell in love with were from Threepenny,” and he wondered, “how to make an enjoyable piece of theater that also honors its DNA as a pivotal, influential work. It has to have vibrancy as a story worth telling again…mixed with Brecht’s desire to dispense with ‘museum theater,’ operatic excess, and tradition.” Threepenny stars Kelly Kaduce (BLO’s 2015 La Bohème; 2006’s Madama Butterfly and Thaïs) as Polly Peachum. and Christopher Burchett (2016’s Greek) plays Macheath. Making BLO debuts are Daniel Belcher as Tiger Brown/Street Singer and Renee Tatum as Jenny. The cast also includes BLO favorites James Maddalena (who originated the title role in 1987’s Houston premiere of Nixon in China, and played Sacristan in 2017’s Tosca) as Mr. Peachum, Michelle Trainor (2017’s Burke & Hare) as Mrs. Peachum, and Chelsea Basler (2016’s Carmen) as Lucy Brown. Uniquely, Threepenny often falls in the territory of contemporary musical theater and thus is produced primarily by theater companies. BLO’s The Threepenny Opera is conducted by Music Director David Angus and designed by Julia Noulin-Mérat (2017’s Tosca). Making their BLO debuts are lighting designer Pablo Santiago and costume designer Charles Neumann. For additional information and to obtain tickets go to
www.blo.org/the-threepenny-opera

MARCH 17 (2:00 – 4:00pm): REVELS SPRING SING

    Come sing with us as we celebrate the greening of another year! Revels annual family celebration of the Vernal Equinox is hosted at the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church at 80 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. Wave goodbye to winter and be surrounded by budding forsythia and sprigs of green at this joyful event filled with music, songs and mumming fit for the season! This year’s Spring Sing celebrates “The Birds and the Trees”. Expect traditional songs from England, Ireland and America with a few little twists, and some Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Revels music director Megan Henderson leads the festivities which include lots of communal singing, a seriously funny mummers play (a traditional form of entertainment from England and Northern Ireland, linked with primitive ceremonies held to mark important stages in the agricultural year). Additionally there will be a visit from that ancient harbinger of spring,

the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss (pictured), all the way from Cornwall, England! Song leader extraordinaire David Coffin will be on hand, leading songs with our talented Spring Sing Band along with the Rvels Alumni Youth Chorus and other musical guests. Cookies and cider will also be served. For tickets tothis unique and fun-filled family event visit www.revels.org/springsing

MARCH 17 (2 & 7pm) & MARCH 18 (2pm): A LITTLE BIT OF IRELAND

    The Reagle Music Theatre at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St. in Waltham presents their annual revue of every thing that is Irish. One of the largest Irish shows in New England it contains a pinch of Irish tenors, a dash of Riverdance, along with a healthy dose of laughter originated by a master Irish comic. Stirred up in a rousing Irish pub and a visit to a charming Irish cottage along with the grand rhythms of Irish step dancing, the charms of Irish bands plus memorable Irish songs, this is the perfect way for everyone to be Irish and celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend! Whether you are an O’reily or an Omelnitskiy, with Reagle’s heartfelt homage to the Emerald Isle it is all a little bit of heaven, pure Celtic magic, and a lot of fun for the whole family. Tickets may be obtained at www.reaglemusictheatre.org

MARCH 20 – 24: 4th ANNUAL STAVE SESSIONS

     The Celebrity Series of Boston announces the line-up for its 4th annual Stave Sessions, a unique music series showcasing the innovative, the experimental, and the collaborative approaches of emerging artists. The event takes place located on the Berklee College of Music campus at 160 Massachusetts Ave. In this unique and intimate venue, floor-to-ceiling windows offer concertgoers an urban backdrop with views of the city and an upscale, cabaret feel. The 5-night concert series showcases unique, emerging performers. These Include Jazzmeia Horn, House of Waters, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Claire Chase, My Brightest Diamond, and Bent Knee. Stave Sessions highlight contemporary musicians who take diverse approaches to their music, integrating musical training and non-conforming styles to deliver performances that defy standard labels. “At Celebrity Series of Boston, showcasing and supporting emerging artists is part of who we are,” said Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director. “Stave Sessions is a great vehicle for this, presenting artists who are doing new, unique work–artists who often redefine boundaries of genre and defy expectations. We’re proud, too, to present Stave in our pop-up cabaret, offering a new venue to experience new music.” For a complete performance schedule and the line up as well as to obtain tickets visit www.stavesessions.org

MARCH 23 (7:30pm) & 25 (3pm): J.S BACH MASS IN B MINOR

         Boston Symphony Hall at 301 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston hosts these performances by the Handel and Haydn Society. With Harry Christophers conducting, Bach’s Mass in B Minor ranks as a supreme achievement in Western music. Christophers calls it “a choral extravaganza of extraordinary proportions, unrivaled worldwide.” The H & H Orchestra and chorus is joinged by Sarah Brailey; soprano, Margot Rood, soprano; Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano; Sarah Yanovitch, soprano; Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano; Emily Marvosh, contralto; Clare McNamara, mezzo-soprano; Stefan Reed, tenor; Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor; Woodrow Bynum, baritone; and David McFerrin, baritone. Tickets for this brilliant evening may be obtained at www.handelandhaydn.org

MARCH 31 & APRIL 1: Pelléas et Mélisande

Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music: Opera Institute and School of Theatre present at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre at 219 Tremont St. in Boston this opera in five acts with music by Claude Debussy. It will be conducted by William Lumpkin along with stage Direction by E. Loren Meeker. Pelléas et Mélisande, based on Maeterlink’s symbolist play, tells a story of passion veiled in mystery set in an imaginary land in an unknown time. It is a love-triangle fraught with jealousy and human frailty ultimately ending in tragedy. Debussy’s evocative and rarely heard impressionist opera paints a psychological world full of hope and despair with haunting harmonies, penetrating melodies and lush orchestration. It is sung in French with English supertitles. Approximate running time: 2 hours 40 minutes Tickets are available at www.cutlermajestic.org and at www.bu.edu/cfa/opera

ONGOING SHOWS at CLUB PASSIM

Stage with instruments DM   Passim’s mission is to provide exceptional musical experiences, nurture artists, and build a vibrant music community. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of its predecessors—the historic Club 47 (1958-1968 – where Joan Baez, Taj Mahal and many others began their careers). It sponsors four programs: the legendary Club Passim, its School of Music, the Iguana Music Fund and its community Outreach Program. Cultivating a diverse mix of musical traditions, the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience. Recipient of numerous awards, Club Passim has opened The Kitchen at Club Passim, with Chef Brandon Arms at the helm which serves dinner nightly to concert goers and just recently expanded to accommodate the lunch crowd. ADDITIONALLY  SATURDAYS. & SUNDAYS (10:00 am – 2:00 pm):  LIVE MUSIC BRUNCH  Diners now can enjoy weekend BRUNCH accompanied by live music from the stage of this historic Cambridge listening room.The brunch features a different style of music including Bluegrass, Old Time, Blues, Celtic, Classical, Folk, Jazz and more. Food choices include such items as  Avocado Benedict and Stuffed French Toast, to Parfait house granola and Passim Breakfast Sandwiches.  Diners find a special treat with BKK Street Bread, a bread slathered in a sugar/butter mixture and grilled. All menu items are created from scratch with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan menu options are available.    For an up-to-date music schedule and to obtain tickets visit  www.passim.org