O Canada

One of the forgotten stories of the American Revolution is the approximately 3,500 slaves who pledged loyalty to the British in exchange for their freedom. Before the end of the war, the redcoats gave amnesty to this group by transporting them to Canada, where they settled down for good, and this Saturday, one of their most talented ancestors comes to the Lincoln Theatre. Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of the hottest talents in the operatic world, and she will join the precocious fellows at the New World Symphony for a presentation of four works titled A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Vienna.

The other guest of honor will be British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, who’ll spell Michael Tilson Thomas for two Parisian works — Milhaud’s The Creation of the World and Ravel’s Mother Goose suite — and two Viennese works — Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Berg’s Seven Early Songs. The last piece will feature Brueggergosman’s sumptuous and powerful voice, an instrument you don’t want to miss hearing in person. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $33. The program will play again Sunday at 2 p.m., and then, like the British Empire it sprung from, it’s gone.
Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 2 p.m., 2009

 
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