Friday, February 11, 2011

NCMF: Waiting out Mother Nature

In case you hadn’t heard, it’s official: Pianist Natalie Zhu’s Newburyport Chamber Music Festival debut, a victim of our unrelenting winter season, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. April 24. Yes, that’s Easter Sunday. Making it “a perfect way to celebrate the return (well-established by this time) of sun and light to our world,” according to  NCMF Executive Director Jane Niebling. Yeah? Maybe. We’ll see. Regardless, this might actually be good news for laid-back romantics, who figured they could  grab a ticket later, only to discover the cookie jar was empty by the time they finally got around to it. Well, maybe the cancellation will shake a couple of tickets loose. Maybe folks have other plans for Easter Sunday — like being with family or hunting wabbit or something. Which is certainly possible, although wabbit season is still a ways off. The program will include a performance of Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Rachmaninoff preludes, including “The Bells of Moscow,” and Liszt’s majestic B minor Sonata. Anyhow, it’s up to you:  So, you can hang on to your tickets and see the show in (hopefully) better meteorological conditions, or turn them in and get a refund — enough cash, perhaps, to get those snowblower blades sharpened. The show will be at the Carriage House. Dial up the NCMF online to buy, sell or trade your tickets.

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