Antidote for Winter: Free Concerts

By Laura Carlo

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Feb. 16

The forecast tells us to expect spring-like temperatures later this week (50s---mid-Februrary! Yay!), but “seasoned” New Englanders will tell you there’s every reason to expect another snow storm or two before the official start of spring on March 20th. In fact, the Eeyore’s remind us that in the past there have been some big snow storms well into April, too.

Honestly, most of the people I’ve spoken with lately are making the best of it, but just about everyone has complained at just how long this winter has seemed. (One person made me smile when he said “Snow...is a four-letter word.”) So how about this as a way to brighten the dark and cold season---check out all the free (that’s FREE) concerts in our area!

Just this week alone there are amazing options.  Tonight (Wednesday) there’s an all-Faure concert at St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street in Boston, featuring soprano Mary Ann Lanier and pianist James Busby.  Also, at NEC’s Jordan Hall (Gainsborough Street at Huntington Avenue), the NEC Chamber Orchestra, conductorless, is playing music by Arensky, Vanhal and Stravinsky.

And on Thursday, the Mid-Day Recital Series continues at First Church, Boston, 66 Marlboro Street, with harpsichordist Jean Rife (donations accepted).

Then, on the weekend, how about saxophone?  Saturday night at 8, Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall (8 The Fenway) features a faculty recital of saxophone duos by Lassus.

Look, sitting under the stars on a warm summer’s night with your Valentine it isn’t....but music goes a long way to making the winter brighter. And free....well, that’s just the cherry on our sundae. Hang in there, my friends, March 20th is just 33 days away.

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