The Epic Lord of the Rings Symphony

The spirit of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, set in "Helm's Deep" (pictured here) among many other fictional venues, will come to life in a symphony by Howard Shore '69 '08H.

Composer and Berklee alumnus Howard Shore ’69, ‘08H created his epic The Lord of the Rings Symphony in six movements to express J. R. R. Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's films as an immense symphonic work. The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, featuring top Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee musicians and vocalists, will perform this monumental work at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Wednesday, April 19, at 8:00 p.m.

After four years of writing, The Lord of the Rings Symphony for orchestra, chorus, and soloists was realized. Together with conductor John Mauceri, Shore adapted the form and transitions from his longer film scores to Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, molding them into a series of tone poems free of the specific visual linkage to the films. The resulting symphony adheres less to the demands of a film score and more to the traditional orchestral works of influences such as Strauss, Liszt, Smetana, and Sibelius.

The symphony will be conducted by Markus Huber and will feature soloist Maureen McMullan, assistant chair of Berklee's Voice Department.


The Lord of the Rings Symphony will be performed at Symphony Hall on Wednesday, April 19. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets $43.50 - $92.50.

Steve Sweeney: Townie

Steve Sweeney: Townie. Comedian/actor Steve Sweeney’s keen dialect and character skills have made him a key figure in Boston’s cultural landscape. Sweeney was raised in hard-scrabble, colorful Charlestown, and has carried its influences with him through a career that’s included nearly 25 films, national television appearances, radio hosting, and thousands of nights headlining Boston’s best comedy clubs. In his one-man show, he regales his audiences with stories from his life-long journey, to the backdrop of neighborhoods, the old Boston Theater District, and other landmarks.


Sweeney has been a featured on major television shows including David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home and Comedy Central, and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under. His trademark political satire has earned him top host spots on Boston radio stations 100.7FM WZLX (Sweeney’s Neighborhood) and 95.9FM WATD (Jay Mohr and Opie & Anthony.)



Steve Sweeney: Townie will be at the Amazing Things Arts Center on April 14 and 25. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets: Regular $27, Senior 65+/Student $26, Member $24

An Evening With David Sedaris

Join David Sedaris for an evening featuring all-new stories and observations with several sneak previews into work that will be published in his newest collection of writing in 2017, as well as an audience Q&A. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller.  His next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding to be released June 6, 2017.


WBUR Presents An Evening with David Sedaris at The Hanover Theatre on Saturday, April 15. Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets are $45, $50 and $55. Contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.

One Flew East, One Flew West...

Keeping in the tradition of producing thought-provoking, ground breaking productions such as Reflections of a Rock Lobster, Of Mice and Men and the Elliot Norton Award winning production of The Diary of Anne Frank, BCT is proud to present the emotionally-charged dramatic classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  

Featuring the talents of BCT’s pre-professional training students from the company’s New England TheatreWorks program, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  will be directed by BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, presented by Boston Children's Theatre, will be performed at the BCA Plaza Theatres April 15-29.


Celebrating Two Decades of Rent

It doesn’t seem possible…but Rent is more than 20 years old.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


Rent will be at the Shubert Theatre April 11-23. For more info, click HERE.