Students on Stage: Productions from Berklee and the Boston Conservatory

We are so lucky in Boston to be able to benefit from all the amazing students in the area. Especially when it comes to music and performance, area schools knock it out of the park, and attending these performances is such a reasonable way to enjoy a cultural night out without breaking the bank.

Natalie and I love the concerts at Berklee. Keep an eye out for the singer showcases, which are so much fun, however the calendar is full of great events — many are under $10 a ticket or even free! Next Thursday Grammy-winning Argentinian pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler will perform with a Berklee student orchestra, a cappella group, faculty guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, and guest bandoneon player Hector del Curto. Ziegler is a well-known figure in Argentine new tango, a fusion of American jazz and classic tango. This sounds like such a great evening! Tickets are $8-14 — find out more and buy tickets here.

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I haven’t attended their events in the past, but the Boston Conservatory has some intriguing things on their calendar. From November 10-13, students will be performing a stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The story follows the travels of four siblings sent to the countryside during WWII, who when exploring the mysterious old house they are staying in, step through a wardrobe into a magical world. We loved this series from C.S. Lewis as children, and it would be fascinating to se it on the stage. Find tickets ($10-15) and more information here.

From November 17–20, Boston Conservatory students will be performing the opera Alcina, a story about a sorceress who lures heroes to an enchanted island when she traps them into parts of nature, until the fiancée of one captured man begins a quest to find him. The opera was written in 1735, and is sung in Italian with music by George Frideric Handel. It was relatively unknown until a revival in the 1960s brought it back into production. Tickets are $25-30. Find out more and buy tickets here. So many great options for a night out!

Image courtesy of the Boston Conservatory.

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