Featured Artists 2018


Now in its 41st season, BLO is the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England. The company has staged world premieres, U.S. premieres, co-productions and co-commissions of note with organizations such as The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Scottish Opera, and continues to be a destination for some of the leading artists, conductors, directors and designers from around the world.

> Boston Lyric Opera presents a short concert of Leonard Bernstein's music Sunday, April 15, noon in Slosberg Music Center.

> Learn more about Boston Lyric Opera's production of Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti" and "Arias and Barcarolles."


Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational rendering of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as "propulsive, infectious party music." This celebratory synthesis of music, people, and cultures features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States.

> Kotoko Brass perfomrs Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m. in the Great Lawn Tent.

> Learn more about Kotoko Brass.

Musicians from Music at Copland HOuseNINA BERNSTEIN AND FRIENDS

Nina Bernstein Simmons, Leonard Bernstein's younger daughter, is director of the film "Leonard Bernstein: A Total Embrace." Since 2008, Nina has been working as a food educator in underserved communities. Michael Boriskin, artistic and executive director of Copland House, has been hailed as one of the most imaginative and versatile American pianists of his generation. Soprano Amy Burton has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and at the White House. John Musto is one of America's most acclaimed opera composers; his opera "The Inspector" had its Boston premiere at the Boston Lyric Opera in 2012.

> Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, hosted by Nina Bernstein Simmons, Thursday, April 19, 8 p.m., Slosberg Music Center.


Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis, the 2017-2018 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence, has created a new, site-specific drawing for the outward-facing wall of the Rose Art Museum's Lois Foster Wing, extending his ongoing investigations of the relationships between drawing, abstraction, and language.

> Tony Lewis discusses his art and practice, in relation to his Foster stairwell installation, "Plunder," on Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. Shapiro Admissions Center.


From its beginning at Brandeis in 1980, the Lydian Quartet has embraced the full range of the string quartet repertory. They have championed the commissioning, performing and recording of new works by composers at Brandeis and from around the world. Composer John Harbison has said of the quartet: "Each time I encounter the Lydian Quartet my admiration for their technical, structural, and communicative power continues to grow. They are the complete package, and the wider my travels, the deeper goes my conviction."

> The Lydian String Quartet performs Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m. (preconcert talk: 7 p.m.) in Slosberg Music Center. Tickets: $20/$15/$5.

> Learn more about the Lydian String Quartet.