The Performing Arts - Music, Theatre, and Ballet

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 1/17/02
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy"-
Ludwig van Beethoven

With winter upon us (mild though it is), it's the ideal time for theater and concert going. By a strange coincidence, it's the season when most performances take place! The sites listed below will provide detailed information and schedules of events in the performing arts in and around Boston. Many of the sites provide seating charts and some, a view of the stage from a particular seating area. Tickets can often be purchased on-line.

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Web sites. Calendar, tickets, store, press releases, recordings, and more.

Boston Baroque
"The first Baroque orchestra established in North America. Founded in 1973 as Banchetto Musicale by the American conductor and harpsichordist Martin Pearlman. A professional orchestra and chamber chorus of up to 55 musicians, with internationally recognized guest soloists." This site provides a schedule of concerts but no on-line purchases.

Sanders Theatre
Harvard University's Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall serves as a venue for many professional performance ensembles including The Boston Philharmonic, The Boston Chamber Music Society, The Christmas Revels, Masterworks Chorale and The Boston Baroque. Site provides seating charts, and schedule, and no on-line ticket purchases.

North Shore Music Theatre
The theatre is in Beverly, 17 miles from Winchester. Location map and driving directions are provided. The theatre presents musicals, celebrity concerts, and theatre for children. Site provides schedules, on-line ticket purchases, and NSMT restaurant menu.

Fleet Center
Events calendar, tickets, seat view finder (view and floorplan).

Wang Center
The Wang and Schubert theatres - shows seating chart, store, history, and panoramic view.

Boston Ballet-see the Wang Center above.

Broadway in Boston
Broadway In Boston operates three historic theatres in downtown Boston: The Colonial Theatre, The Wilbur Theatre, and The Charles Playhouse - schedules, seating charts, history, tickets, and show synopses.

Arlington Friends of the Drama
Just around the corner.In early February, the Friends are performing Tennessee William's The Night of the Iguana, set in the Mexican jungle in the summer of 1940 - "a thoughtful, sometimes searing and always lyrical classic of the American stage".

American Repertory Theatre
On-line ticket purchases ($5 below regular rates), seating chart, schedules, cast of characters, synopses, articles, and reviews. ART-list - the theatre's free e-mail news service is available - get updates, insider information, last-minute discounts, and much more.

Huntington Theatre Company
On-line box office - seating chart, ticket purchase, group sales. Current season schedule, synopses, and education & community outreach - student matinees, after school, and access programs.

Culture Finder
A pretentious name but a very useful site - background information, upcoming events, contact information, and links to Web sites for Boston and Boston area cultural organizations and venues- theater, ballet, classical music, and museums. The site's main page also provides links to similar information in major US and Canadian cities.

City Search
Calendar of events in the performing arts, music of all types (classical, pop, rock), clubs, and more.

The Winchester Web site's list of theater links.

The Winchester Web site's list of concert links.

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist. E-mail: