Suli Holum as boxer Dee Crosby

Credit: Arts Emerson

Arts This Week: The Wholehearted, BYSO And Only Lovers

April 24, 2014

This week hear about multimedia feats in theater, magic in the orchestra and an art house spin on the Vampire genre. 

The Wholehearted, Presented by ArtsEmerson, it plays at the Paramount Center through April 27th.

Drama Desk nominees Deborah Stein and Suli Holum defy traditional definitions of theater and tackle the story of a fictive female boxer, creating a narrative fraught with the violence of love, the sexuality of sports, all based on the biographies of iconic women in athletic history.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, “Bon Voyage!” takes place Saturday, April 26th, 12pm at Symphony Hall.

Conductor Marta Zurad, magician Matt Roberts and the BSO present a unique concert experience that brings to life the magic of music for all ages. This year's theme has an international flair and will feature new illusions and compositions from around the world. See solid objects magically appear, pass through each other and transform before your eyes. Hear over 100 amazing musicians who will take you on an imaginary trip across the globe. Children can also conduct the orchestra right from their seats!

When I spoke with the BYSO's music director, Federico Cortese, he explained to my why it's so important to expose children to great music at an early age. “When they are two or three, just make then listen to good music; don’t talk down to them, you can play for them good Bach or good Mozart. They will grow with that experience and little by little, they will understand better. In fact, there are some theories that say that we were all born with perfect pitch and we tend to lose it. I don’t know, because I’m not a neuroscientist, but it makes sense to me” he said.  » Hear my entire conversation with Cortese on Open Studio.

Only Lovers Left Alive, In theaters Friday.

This delightfully bizarre entry into the vampire genre is set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier. An underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by the wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Coming up on Open Studio:Take a tour through the life and times of Tony and Emmy winning set designer, Eugene Lee, and hear my conversation with MFA Director Malcolm Rogers about his impending retirement. Also, Paula Zahn speaks with Sting about his forthcoming Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

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