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Christmas Revels North (Dartmouth) 2015 Goes Scottish — The Details.

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by Anura Guruge


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Christmas Revels 2015: Cambridge.
>> Christmas Revels North, 2015Scottish Highland Bash.

>> Christmas Revels 2014: RAVE.
>> Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth.
>> Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth.

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See this introductory post about the
“Christmas Revels Scottish Highland Celebrations”


Pictures from prior Scottish Revels
— supplied by the Dartmouth HOP.

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Write up for the Revels North Scottish Revels
provided by Rebecca A. Bailey, Publicity Coordinator/Writer,
Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts.

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read the first few paragraphs here.

Click here to access the complete write up as a small and safe PDF.

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‘The English Concert’ At the Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop On Jan. 31, 2014 Was An Absolute Magical Experience!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Related Posts:
1.  ‘The English Concert’ preview
>>Jan. 3, 2014.

2. The Hopkins Center Program
>> For 2013/2014
>>July 16, 2013.


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The beguiling ‘Wind Machine’ to the right.

The program. Some small changes. The first piece was in ‘F Major’ I think and the intermission was after the 2nd piece not the 3rd.


If I had to describe last night’s very magical, near divine,
‘The English Concert’ at the Dartmouth HOP
in two words I would use would be:

lilting & stirring.


Other words that could be used around those two

would be:

soothing, inspiring, mesmerizing, virtuosic and gratifying.


These, obviously, on top of the ‘magical’ and ‘divine’
that I had already used.

At the intermission I heard a gentleman leaving the auditorium saying: Fantastic!
That works too.

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This is a ‘Theorbo’. They had one, as is shown in all their publicity photos, though not as fancy. It reminded me of a Sitar. Appears I was on the right track. Related to the Lute. Click for Wikipedia entry …

Another huge cap in the feather for the HOP. This was yet another HOP concert where you definitely felt privileged to be a part of. During the entire 2-hour concert, other than the rousing music coming from the stage there was nary a sound from the packed audience. Everybody was watching, listening and enjoying — enthralled. This was one heck of a tour tour de force. It was very professional. Made me feel very proud to be British (though I really don’t need any excuses to feel as such).

The intermission was after the first two pieces. When it came, as is my wont, I checked my watch. It was 8:57. They have performed for ~52 minutes. It felt like only 20 minutes had elapsed. They had slowed down time! They sure transported you, quite literally, to a different age. You could just feel it. It was like a magic show done in music.

The ‘Wind Machine’ was a riot. Had everybody intrigued until it finally got its few minutes of glory. I could learn to play that.

Of course, going in, we all knew that this was a world class outfit. Well, they proved that — conclusively.

The acoustics of the HOP Spaulding Auditorium are superb. It was great setting to hear this lilting music — so different to the more ponderous ‘inspirational’ music of that era.

The Georg Philipp TelemannTrumpet Concerto in D Major‘ was a revelation to me. Wow. Wow. Wow. I want to share it with you, because I know you will just love it. I can’t find it on YouTube performed by ‘The English Concert’. So I have to use another … I am sure that what we heard last night, performed by Mark Bennett was better. But, enjoy.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


It has been quite a week for us in terms of top-notch entertainment.

Sunday: Katie McNally & the Strathspey & Reel Society

Wednesday: UNH Chinese New Year Gala

Thursday: Clearlakes Chorale rehearsal

Friday: The English Concert.

Not bad for cold week, in the midst of winter, in New Hampshire!


The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Famed ‘The English Concert’ Performance On Friday, January 31, 2014. Tickets Selling Fast.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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>>July 16, 2013.

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These three write-ups, the middle one from Wikipedia
and the last from the HOP,
will give you a very good ideas what this
London-based ensemble is all about.
Suffice to say that it ‘sounds’ very exciting and uplifting.
Click image to access the Website.

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I heard yesterday that tickets are selling fast.
So you better contact the HOP Box Office ASAP.


Some YouTube videos to give you an even greater appreciation.
Click on each to access the YouTube video.
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Enjoy!



Dartmouth ‘Hop’ Christmas Revels 2013: It Was A Subdued Hoedown Of Sorts, Short On The Expected Yule Revelry.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1. Christmas Revels 2013 at Dartmouth — Aug. 7, 2013.
2. Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth Dec. 17, 2012.
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Of course, more or less by definition it was good. The HOP (definitely) and Revels North not known for putting on duds — though this show, in my opinion, flirted, dangerously, at times, with that appellation for this supposed Appalachian romp.

It was a good production though this was the most minimalistic Revels set I have ever seen (I think). As far as I can see the only props they had were a few sorry benches. The pseudo psychedelic projected backdrop was neither here nor there and I am at a loss as to what it had to do with Appalachia, the Revels, Yule or even the time of day.

The ameteur cast, with all those wonderful kids, was as ever amazing. Their commitment, dedication and talent is awe inspiring. Over the last two years I have come to appreciate what they achieve each Christmas even more since I have been taking Devanee (our 13 year old) for ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ practices/rehearsals on a weekly basis. Clearlakes and Revels North both do their Christmas show roughly at the same time (this year on the same weekend) and moreover start their practices/rehearsals at the same time, i.e., early September. What is takes to pull off Revels is a few orders of magnitude more complex than what it takes to do a Chorale performance — and I get to see the effort that goes into pulling Clearlakes off (partly because I invariably end up lending a hand). So, I have nothing but unstinted admiration and praise for the Revels North ameteur cast. Bravo.

The Sword Dance was one of the best in recent years — though given that we were in the front row, center, as usual, I did spot some fumbling.

The Morris Dance was good. The prolonged ‘Lord Of The Dance‘, in which I partook, as I always do, was uplifting as it is meant to be.

The Brass, ‘Heritage Bass‘, was outstanding — and that I noticed them more and actually paid attention to them, at the expense of paying much notice to what little was happening on the stage, kind of tells its own story.

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What I am now going to say does border on the sacrilegious and I worry that the gods of Revels will strike me down — though I also get a sneaking feeling that they may be with me on this.

Deanna’s take at intermission is a good place to start. After I came back from going and congratulating the ‘Heritage Bass’ (and getting a wonderful, hands-on tutorial on the Tuba), I asked her, knowing to an extent what I will hear (given that I do know my wife of 11 years quite well) what she thought. She started by saying: ‘I am worried to even say anything because YOU will get mad …’! And that is the crux of the problem. Deanna and the kids know that I am a sucker for Revels and that as such ‘Revels can do no wrong in my book’. Well, that is usually the case and I still continue to be a sucker for Revels. Now, more than ever, given that I feel that I have yet to enjoy a PROPER Revels in 2013, I most likely will have to get tickets and go to the Mother-ship performance by Revels Cambridge.

Deanna and the kids did not like it at all. I knew, 20 minutes in, that that would be the case. They, all seasoned Revelers, like a traditional, very European Revels.

Let me throw a few words and phrases as to what WE felt about Revels North Christmas Revels 2013 before I also explore some thoughts as to what happened.

Insipid.

Uninspired.

Lacked the Revels spark.

Unthematic and choppy with the Yule elements appearing to be add ons.

Pete Sutherland is probably an AMAZING musician but he is not a Revels player.

Suzannah Park is IMPRESSIVE (and striking) but I am not sure whether she carried this show.

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I fully understand that producers have to experiment, try new things and stretch the envelope.

I also gather that this was supposed to be a tribute etc. That is all very good. But, don’t deprive ME of Revels.

So, I appreciate, that this is very personal. Yes, of course, people loved it. I heard them say it. But, we also got the impression that there were a lot of people with ‘free’ or discounted tickets at our performance.

We had a late lunch at the Dartmouth (over-priced) cafeteria  in the HOP prior to the 5pm performance. There was a visually impaired gentleman who was holding court, in a very loud voice, also having something to eat at the same time — surrounded by a bunch of groveling admirers. You couldn’t but hear him talk … Appears that he was a ‘big shot’ from Revels in New York. He had some interesting things to say about the different shows. He talked about the ‘Irish Revels on a ship‘ from last year, for example. (And that was one heck of a show at Dartmouth.) He had an interesting theory that this Appalachian show proved. He was saying that people just prefer European themed Revels — the more ‘Germanic’ the better. He probably has that right.

I have harped on enough.

Bottom line, this was too ‘cultural’ NOT enough Revels.

I paid ($110 I think) expecting to be Reveled not to get an academic, discourse on Appalachian musical heritage.

Will I go to Revels North next year? Most likely.

I could be wrong but I kind of feel bad for the ameteur cast. I get a feeling that they knew that this was not Revels — and it is NOT their fault. They have to do what the management decides.

But maybe I am going to switch allegiance. Rather than Revels North being the Primary Revels and Cambridge the ‘stand-by’, we might, especially now that the kids are older and can weather the trip to Boston better, do Cambridge as the primary and Dartmouth if we feel we need a second dose for the year.

Happy Yule.

Dartmouth ‘Hop’ Christmas Revels 2013 By Revels North, ‘The Appalachian Celebration’, UNAFFECTED By Weekend Storm, Snow etc.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2. Christmas Revels 2012 at Dartmouth Dec. 17, 2012.
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Review of the show
— that we attended (in the snow).


This was never in doubt in my mind.

I knew the show would go on and we were going to get there even if I had to leave 8 hours early.

Just had this e-mail from the ‘HOP’ confirming it.

The shows will happen; screw the snow. This is New Hampshire. We know how to deal with snow.

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CIRQUE ALFONSE ‘Timber’ At The Dartmouth (N.H.) Hop: Mesmerizing, World-Class Synergistic Blend Of Creativity, Acrobatics, Dance, Music and Athleticism.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,

British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor

thrown in for good measure!
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‘Brilliant’ alone
does not do them enough justice.

If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.

Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.


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As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.

Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.

Bravo.

We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.

Very clever.

90 minutes of non-stop entertainmentwithout an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]

They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.

Click for their whole schedule.

Click for their whole schedule.


Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.

It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.

So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Click to access YouTube video. We saw all of this and more last night. So this is very representative of the show.

Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.

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Another video.

At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.

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Click to access another YouTube.



The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted. 

I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.

Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry. 

Dartmouth (N.H.) Hopkins Center: FREE ‘World Music Percussion Ensemble’, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. You Should Definitely Go.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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We went to a Drum Ensemble at the Dartmouth earlier this year. As with all things at the Hopkins it was GOOD. Very good. We were so glad we went.

We would go to this in a heartbeat though our Saturdays are now shot because Teischan has her Nutcracker rehearsals.

But, I would definitely urge you to consider. The price can’t be bettered. Enjoy. Thanks, Hopkins.

We will be there TWICE in December.

Bought Our Tickets For Christmas Revels 2013 At Dartmouth (By Revels North) At 8 am This Morning.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.NewHopLogo

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Our seats.


As I said in my last post not only had I set two electronic e-mail alerts for yesterday to remind me — we set two wake up alarms, one mechanical the other electronic (because I am a great believer in belt-and-braces), to rouse me from my deep slumber at 7:30 am. That I was willing to get up at 7:30 am to buy tickets really is the utmost endorsement I can give to Revels North.

I am not a morning person — especially because I don’t go to bed until early morning! Last night I didn’t make it to bed till 1:30 am and then I read for 20 minutes. No I am not an insomniac. I actually sleep very well, without issue — always have and I can sleep anywhere when I have to. Unless we are travelling or have an appointment, it has to be a VERY SPECIAL occasion for me to agree to getting up before 8 am. And today was one of those days.

Yes, I got up at 7:30 last year also, on the very first day the tickets went online, to get our front row seats.

The kids have high expectations of me when it comes to tickets. They think I am good at it — probably the only thing that they think I am good at. So I try not to disappoint. They have very specific requirements. Front row aisle. So I got them front row aisle for the 3rd year in a trot. It was a bit nerve wracking this morning.

Though I woke up at 7:30 and Deanna, kindly, supplied me with my first cup of coffee shortly thereafter, there was no way I intended to get out of bed!  There are limits. So I had taken the precaution of putting Teischan’s Windows 8 laptop under the bed. I am not very good with laptops. I don’t like the keyboards and the screen, even at 15+”, is way too small for me. I am into BIG picture since this PC has 47″ horizontal screen space. So I messed up a few times. I was getting worried that I might lose the seats. But, I prevailed. We, actually Teischan, has an account, so the purchase part was easy. [We use to go to Big Apple circus at Hanover — until they stopped coming. I set up the Hop box office account to buy those tickets in 2006 — the year that Teischan was born; having seen the flyer for the circus at ‘The Hospital’ during her birth. Hence, why the account is in her name — which she is very proud of, because the tickets bear her name and all the Hop literature we get is addressed to her.]

So we are excited. I am happy though this has been an EXPENSIVE week in terms of tickets. Monday tickets for the circus. Today Revels and then 30 minutes later Deanna bought tickets for ‘Story Land’ — another near ‘annual’ ritual. 

Christmas Revels 2013 At Dartmouth (By Revels North), An Early Appalachian Christmas: Bound To Be A Gem.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.NewHopLogo

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North Country Revels Winter 2006: Appalachia

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Read the entire Hopkins Center Press Release with all the details (below).

Click image to access the complete (beautifully written) Hopkins center press release as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.

Click image to access the complete (beautifully written) Hopkins center press release as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.


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Click to access the Hopkins Center …


There really isn’t enough brilliant things I can say about Christmas Revels at Dartmouth — courtesy of the ultra-talented and awfully dedicated Revels North.

Last year’s show was stupendous. The 2011 Olde English extravaganza was mesmerizing. We as a family just love Christmas Revels at Dartmouth. The kids look forward to it and talk about it year round. They know they are in for a treat. Such a rich, multimodal experience for all, but even more so for kids.

So, it made my day when I got the flyer this afternoon. I can’t wait. I already set an alarm for August 14. Usually I am still asleep at 8 am. But, I will get up early so that I can get my tickets the minute they go on sale. That I am willing to get up by 8 am to buy tickets tells it all to those that know me. Since I don’t go to sleep till around 2 am, I like my sleep and something has to be very, very special and important to mess up my sleep schedule.

This looks like another gem, bound to toast the cockles of your heart and get you all set for Christmas.

The Winter Solstice, heralding the coming of Summer, is my favorite day of the year. The Summer Solstice, signaling that days will start getting shorter, each day, until that special Day in December, is my least favorite day of the year. I know my physics and astronomy. So I truly am a Christmas reveler in every sense of the word — and Dartmouth Revels really hits the spot.


Peter Sutherland on YouTube. Click ...

Peter Sutherland on YouTube. Click …


Sheesham & Lotus on YouTube. Click ...

Sheesham & Lotus on YouTube. Click …


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Suzannah Park on YouTube. Click …


The Hopkins Center 2013/2014 Program Preview On July 18, 2013. It Was Entertaining & Educational. Glad We Went.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.Hop50red

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Margaret Lawrence, director of programming at the Hopkins Center for the Arts,

Margaret Lawrence

This multimedia presentation preview really brought the Hopkins’ published program vividly to life – just like a movie trailer for the upcoming season.

It was very well done by Margaret Lawrence, the Director of Programming for The Hop. She was impressive. I couldn’t find too much about her on the Web but I suspect that she has some thespian in her. Her summaries of each act, done without continually looking at notes or using a teleprompter, were succinct, incisive, insightful and revealing. As some one who has done a ton of public speaking I appreciate those that can present information from memory. Well done.

I learned a lot about performers and acts that I had seen in the Program but was not familiar with.

The British “The Tiger Lillies” was one. They look like a load of (adult) fun.

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


The kids were suitably impressed with this DJ Trio: A Tribe Called RedSince I can pass as Navajo among Navajo (albeit when I am closer to 190 than 165) I am quite partial to this music too. It is a standing room only jam. We might go.

Click for YouTube.

Click for YouTube.


So this was just a start. I won’t go through all the acts in this post. I will hit them sequentially over the weeks.

But some shows are already selling out!

So, you better check the Program and do so quick.

MargaretLawrence


Click to access 2013/2014 Program Brochure
online.

E-mail or call for your own (collectible) brochure:
Hopkins.center.box.office@dartmouth.edu
or 603.646.2422

Click to access to Hopkins box office.