JULY

Summer Library Program: Grumbling Gryphons present Ananzi the Trickster Spider

Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Hubbard Hall

Free tickets are available for pick up at the Cambridge Public Library.

This original dramatic adaptation of the well-known folktale of Anansi - The Trickster Spider tells how Anansi, with the aid of the children in the audience, tricks the various animals of the jungle and retrieves the stolen stories of the world from Nyame, the greedy Sky God. During the show, children take part by acting, singing, chanting and playing such roles as spiders, hippos, bees, monkeys and various jungle animals. www.hubbardhall.org

Othello — By William Shakespeare

July 7-16 at 7 p.m.

See website for outdoor location details. Free. Hubbard Hall's Annual Free Touring Summer Shakespeare returns this year with our first-ever production of Othello. In a country beleaguered by wars and finally at peace, a soldier and trusted advisor seeks to destroy their leader – because of the leader's achievements, his place in society, and the color of his skin. Join us for this thrilling exploration of envy, jealousy, racial hatred, and one man's quest to destroy another.

Peter and the Blue Witch Baby with the Summer Children's Theater Company


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July 8 at 6 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Freight Depot. $10 General Admission, $5 Students, Children under 5 Free. Peter and the Blue Witch Baby is a Russian folktale in which a young Tsar Peter is searching for a bride. He refuses a beautiful woman, who turns out to be a witch, and travels to court the Little Sister of the Clouds. A strange baby with black teeth is brought to his palace for the servants to take care of while Peter is away. Along his journey he meets three giants, only to arrive at his destination and find out that the baby is now huge (and blue) and is destroying his palace! He must return to save the day.

Summer Library Program: Live Raptor Program

July 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Free tickets are available for pick up at the Cambridge Public Library. This exciting program allows learners of all ages to see live birds of prey up-close and to learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds. We also discuss the conservation issues that impact them and how to make a difference. www.hubbardhall.org

Music from Salem - The Unbroken Message

July 17 at 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Luigi Boccherini String Trio, opus 47, Thomas Oboe Lee Oboe Quartet, world premiere, Ernest Chausson Piano Quartet, opus 30.

Alice in Wonderland with the Youth Theater Company

July 22 at 7 p.m. and July 23 at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. $10 General Admission, $5 Students, Children under 5 free. After 4 weeks of rehearsal and learning about theater through explorations and theater games with the Summer Youth Theater Program, see their performance of Tim Nelson's entertaining adaptation of Alice in Wonderland! Directed by Virginia May Edinger, Musical Direction by Richard Cherry.

Music from Salem – Listening Club: Madama Butterfly

July 30 at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $15 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Come experience and discuss Puccini's masterwork with some of the singers from Hubbard Hall Opera Theater's production of Madama Butterfly before going to see their performance in August.

Music from Salem — The Winged Energy of Delight

July 31 at 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. John Kennedy "The Winged Energy of Delight" for toy piano, Federico Mompou from Musica Calada for toy piano, Heitor Villa-Lobos Duo for violin and viola, W 463, Erich Korngold Piano Quintet, opus 15.

August

Madama Butterfly

August 10, 12, 13, 18, 19 at 7 p.m., August 20, 21 at 2 p.m. Hubbard Hall. $35 General Admission/ $10 Students. Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini's classic gut-wrenching music will be sung in Italian with a 23 piece orchestra conducted by Michael Sakir. Boston-based director, Nathan Troup, will lead the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale.

Music from Salem — The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges

August 14 at 4 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested ticket price $25 – Pay what you can – all are welcome. Franz Schubert Trio Movement in B flat, D 471 for string trio, Sergei Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins, opus 56, Antonin Dvorak from "Cypresses" for string quartet, Alexander Glazunov String Quintet

La Pizza con Funghi

August 17,19, 20 at 7 p.m. at the Freight Depot at Hubbard Hall. Pay What You Will! (Advance Reservations $15). This year's conservatory performs Seymour Barab's satiric 50 minute piece that pokes good fun at opera seria with a story of four characters caught in a lovers' quarrel, full of miscues and witty humor. Sung in English with piano, this piece presents a perfect pill for anyone who needs to remember to take opera less seriously. Directed by Kirk Jackson.

The Freight Project

August 27 at 7 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. Suggested Donation $15. Rachael Shane grew up acting in plays on the Hubbard Hall stage. Her love for Hubbard Hall brings her back to Cambridge each August with Oscar + Lottie Productions, where clusters of artists emerge gratefully from New York City for a week in residence at Hubbard Hall's Freight Depot.

Ubaka Hill in Concert

August 28 at 7 p.m. at Hubbard Hall. $20 General Admission/$10 Student. Hubbard Hall is pleased to welcome master hand drummer and recording artist Ubaka Hill. Ubaka is a performer, composer, songwriter, recording artist, public speaker, and has been teaching hand drumming for more than 30 years throughout the United States and other countries. She says "my soul-vision and intention is to facilitate and inspire personal transformation, empowerment, healing and joy with music that moves you." Ubaka's primary focus as a teacher of hand drumming is to encourage, motivate, empower, and stimulate joyfulness.