By Cathy Fuller | Wednesday, December 1, 2010
When flutist Julie Scolnik underwent treatment for breast cancer, music consoled her. Her family and doctors kept her focused on the future. And as she made her way out of the darkness, she resolved to do what she could to help women less fortunate who would find themselves in the same place. Working with the remarkable foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure, she has put together an evening of music that will console and, she hopes, inspire many more people to work toward a cancer-free world. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since its inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, they work to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
On Sunday, December 5th, some of the world's most brilliant and renowned musicians will gather on the Jordan Hall stage. Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic, will conduct an orchestra of inspired musicians, including members of the Boston Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, many of Boston's finest chamber ensembles, and emerging young artists. Eight-time Grammy nominee Marc-André Hamelin will play Mozart's Piano Concerto in G, K.453, and the orchestra will play one of Gustav Mahler's most moving creations, the Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5. The evening will end with the thrilling embrace of the Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms.
Rattle will be driving up from his conducting duties at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Hamelin will have arrived that day from New York as well. They know the life-changing power of music, and its ability to reach into the noblest parts of the human spirit. Every musician is donating his/her talent to help everyone who has been visited by the nightmare of cancer, and to do their part toward the ultimate dream of erasing it from all of our lives.
Now entering is 8th year of sold out houses in Boston, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan has become one of the region's favorite holiday traditions. This collection of video from the 2009 performances serves as a taste of what audiences can expect this year.
Karine Polwart: "O Holy Night", with the PALS Chorus
From A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, recorded live at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 19, 2009. Karine Polwart, from Scotland sings Oh Holy Night, with the Pals Chorus of Brookline, Massachusetts. Alysoun Kegel, Director
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2009: Overture, Opening
From "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn", recorded live at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 19, 2009. Overture arranged by Seamus Egan; Karine Polwart sings "Balulalow"; dance choreography and performance by Kieran Jordan and Nic Gariess.
"A Christmas Childhood" by Patrick Kavanagh; "The Wexford Carol"
Brian O'Donovan reads the Patrick Kavanagh poem, "A Christmas Childhood", while Christy O'Leary sings "The Wexford Carol." From "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn", recorded live at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 19, 2009.
Liz Carroll & John Doyle: Fiddle & Guitar
Liz Carroll and John Doyle let loose in a stunning duet with high energy: From "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn", recorded live at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 19, 2009.
"Presents Dance", an orignal Choreography from Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2009
Another original choreography from Kieran Jordan created for "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn", recorded live at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 19, 2009. Dancers include Kieran, Nic Gareiss, Jackie O'Riley, and Rebecca McGowan. Music: "The Northern Jig" & "The Box Man" (Liz Carroll).