East and West connect….superb, richly-hued

Anne Azéma and Mehmet Sanlikol confer during rehearsal
Camerata’s final 2009-2010 season presentation, “Alexander the Great,” once again won kudos from the press and a prolonged ovation from our loyal Boston audience. By now, and after several recent productions built around medieval and ancient narratives-in-music we like to think that Artistic Director Anne Azéma has established herself as Boston’s storyteller laureate. But praise must also flow to all in this trailblazing production, with a special mention for Mehmet Sanlikol and his Dunya colleagues for the shared ebb and flow of music and poetry from European, Middle Eastern, and Turkish traditions.
Tom Zajac improvises a flute prelude during rehearsal.

As this production, and the recent feature spread in Early Music America magazine indicate, Camerata is now the leading North American ensemble in this kind of cross-cultural enterprise. Look for more music-making along these lines from us, both in-town, and on tour nationally and internationally.

More reviews at the Boston Globe and the East-meets-West symposium.