January 27 will be Wolfgang Amadeusís 250th birthday, and if he were alive today, who knows that this musical prodigy wouldnít be teaching Lloyd Webber how to write and R. Kelly how to rap and sitting in behind the drums to show Meg White how itís done. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is celebrating with a "Mozart Marathon" of three 90-minute concerts on Sunday January 29, with the Borromeo String Quartet and the Gardner Chamber Orchestra and soloists including Paula Robison and Kim Kaskashian in violin sonatas, string quartets, a flute concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante K.364, and Symphony No. 40. The Gardner is at 280 the Fenway, Boston | January 29 @ 10 am and 1 and 4 pm | $20; $14 seniors; $10 college students [includes museum admission] | 617.278.5156 or http://www.gardnermuseum.org/.
West Bank story?
The American Repertory Theatre imports directors as if it were some thespian Pier One. Next up is Israeli Gadi Roll, helming his first American production: that iambic precursor to West Side Story, Shakespeareís Romeo and Juliet. But if thereís to be an Israeli/Palestinian gloss on the feuding Verona clans of the Bardís tragic paean to teen love and bad timing, we havenít heard about it. Weíve just peeped at a cast list that includes ART favorites Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, Jeremy Geidt, Will LeBow, and Karen MacDonald, as well as returning Oedipus John Campion. Avery Glymph, whose New York credits include The Tempest with Patrick Stewart, plays Romeo to the Juliet of recent Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts grad Annika Boras. Director Roll, incoming associate director of Great Britainís New Belgrade Theatre, teaches at RADA as well as at Tel-Avivís Bait Zvi School of Stage and Cinematic Art. Romeo and Juliet is at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge | February 4ĖMarch 25 | $37-$74; $15 students | 617.547.8300 or http://www.amrep.org/.
Mark Morrisís epic LíAllegro, il Moderato ed il Penseroso hasnít been seen in Boston since 1994, so itís overdue for a return visit. Set to Handelís 1740 oratorio of the same name (which drew on two poems by John Milton), and sporting 30 dances, 24 dancers, and 21 set changes, not to mention an excellent performance by Craig Smith and Emmanuel Music, the two-hour pastorale brought the Wang Theatre house down 12 years ago, and itíll likely do the same when Mark Morris Dance Group brings it back to the Wang, 270 Tremont St, Boston | January 20 @ 7:30 pm; January 21 @ 8 pm; January 22 @ 3 pm | $35-$85 | 800.447.7400 or http://www.celebrityseries.org/.