Behind the Scenes

Music is in the air as area groups tune up

Local options include the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.
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Local options include the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.

As the leaves finish turning, area musicians keep tuning, with a colorful variety of performance options over the next two weeks. Musical offerings in area communities include concerts by symphony orchestras, small ensembles, solo performers, and a visit by the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.

The Hanover Diversity Committee will host that chorus, joined on stage by the Hanover High women’s ensemble Vox, in the school’s auditorium Saturday night. The committee tries to make one bold public statement a year, said the Rev. Beth Wheatley Dyson.

“We try to have one event each year to promote diversity, the town of Hanover as welcoming and inclusive,” Dyson said. “A good way to do that is through music. This year we wanted to link with the school.”


An a cappella ensemble, Vox will perform its own set before joining the men’s chorus for a performance of “It Takes a Village,” a song based on the African saying “It takes a village to raise a child,” set to strong rhythms.

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The high school singers “are just beaming” over the opportunity to sing with a well-known professional chorus, Vox’s director, Kate Bertelli, said in publicity literature for the concert. “They can’t wait to be part of this event.”

Dyson said that because the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is doing the event as a benefit, ticket costs are low. “We’re not in the business of making money,” she said. The evening’s proceeds will support both the high school’s diversity club and its music program. “The arts are one of the places that get cut in the budget,” she said.

Tickets are available in advance at Hanover Town Hall and the public library, or through the committee’s website. Dyson said tickets will also be sold at the door.

The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra will “test drive” the acoustics of the performing arts center at the newly opened Plymouth North High School, also on Saturday evening, with a concert of Romantic orchestral classics. According to the orchestra’s announcement on the program, it features three major works from the period: Beethoven’s “heroic” Emperor Piano Concerto; Schubert’s “sparkly” Third Symphony; and “the beautifully evocative seascape” Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave’’) by Mendelssohn. Guest artist Sun Hwa Park will perform in the piano concerto.


Sunday afternoon offers two opportunities to listen for free.

Touring classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan will perform solo at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. A faculty member at the Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts Boston, Larget-Caplan will perform music by the 20th-century Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, Spanish classical pieces, and a virtuoso masterpiece written 20 years ago by Keigo Fujii.

“Duxbury is the perfect place for my ‘Music of the East and West’ program,” said Larget-Caplan, according to the museum’s publicity. “At the ocean’s edge where nature and man are entangled and peoples of the East and West meet.”

Also Sunday afternoon, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra performs two great orchestral works, Stravinsky’s Symphony in C and Beethoven’s ground-breaking Symphony No. 5, at Quincy High School.

Led by music director Yoichi Udagawa, a dedicated musician with a light touch, the 50-member volunteer community orchestra has made great strides in recent years. It performs three free classical concerts every season, plus a holiday concert and an annual pops concert fund-raiser.


“Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a watershed in the development of Romanticism and one of the great landmarks of Western music,” the orchestra states in its publicity for the concert. “In his Symphony in C, Stravinsky employs the forms and techniques of the great composers of the past to create a 20th-century masterpiece.”

The music continues next Thursday when Boston-based drummer Yoron Israel leads his jazz quartet High Standards at the Fuller Craft Museum, at 455 Oak St. in Brockton. The ensemble draws on a range of influences, from world music, gospel, funk, R&B, and other styles to mainstream jazz.

In addition to satisfying your appetite for live jazz, the museum’s artKitchen Cafe, where the quartet will play, offers a “comfort food menu” for dinner and a bar.

The Hingham-based Atlantic Symphony Orchestra also offers the satisfactions of small-ensemble live music when its string quartet presents a fund-raising chamber concert at South Shore Art Center in Cohasset on Nov. 10. The orchestra designed a musical program that responds to the center’s current art exhibition, “Cool,” in order to offer “beautiful music in a perfect little setting,” executive director Diane Kennedy said last week.

Titled “Cool & Colorful: Salon Ravel,” the concert focuses on Ravel’s sumptuous “Introduction & Allegro,” in which the quartet is joined by harp, flute, and clarinet to evoke the spirit of the Belle Epoque of pre-World War I France.

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