Ready for a musical snack? We’ve welcomed some truly amazing singers, songwriters, composers and musicians to CitySpace. From hip-hop to opera and broadway to gospel, the performances below are sure to give you comfort if you're having a bad day or get you on your feet if you're in the mood to dance. Mixed in are some powerful conversations with topics ranging from coping with grief to the portrayal of race in musical theater.
Matthew Aucoin in conversation with Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon
In an evening of music and conversation, composer/conductor Matthew Aucoin was joined by Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon and members of American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), the ensemble co-founded by Aucoin and Zack Winokur. Aucoin discussed his influences and inspirations, before performing with AMOC’s two violinists, Keir GoGwilt and Miranda Cuckson.
Shaina Taub In Conversation with Here & Now co-host Robin Young
Robin Young, co-host of Here & Now, moderated conversation and perfomance with award-winning songwriter Shaina Taub. For the past few years, Taub has starred in her musical adaptations of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It" at the Delacorte Theater as part of the Public Theater's Public Works initiative. She has collaborated with Elton John on music for the upcoming musical "The Devil Wears Prada."
On Point's Meghna Chakrabarti and Blue Heron
Meghna Chakrabarti, host of On Point, joined classical vocal ensemble Blue Heron for a conversation about their multimedia performances of Guillaume de Machaut’s "Remede de Fortune," a 14th-century poetic manual for finding happiness in the face of the suffering caused by outrageous, indifferent Fortune. A feast of poetry, song, dance and visual art animated by a surprisingly Zen-like philosophy.
Alisa Amador (with opener Noah y Maurizio)
After popular shows at Club Passim and a recent tour in Spain, Alisa Amador brought her soulful blend of rock, jazz, alternative folk and latin music to Cityspace. With her poetic lyrics, and syncopated rythms, her music is likely to make you cry, laugh and dance all within this one set.
Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices
Presented by White Snake Projects, Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices featured new songs inspired by stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Composers (from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan and Mexico) and writers (from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and China) were paired up to amplify these stories through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Reporter Shannon Dooling moderated a panel of immigration experts after the show.