Annina didn't make it quite to the end of the lovely set that Lee Konitz, a saxophonist who actually warrants the tag "legendary," played with pianist Dan Tepfer at the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday afternoon. Much as I would have liked to hear it, I passed on the preceding conversation with Konitz, moderated by Tim Hagans, reckoning that Annina's attention might be better focused on the music. Instead, we watched an Indian dance demonstration in a nearby gallery.
During the concert, Annina wiggled and bobbed along to elegantly spare re-shapings of "Stella by Starlight" and "Body and Soul," and murmured and pointed during the semi-directed, audience-participatory free improv that followed. Eventually she grew fidgety, though never outright unruly. (Not surprising: We'd missed nap time.) I reckoned that we shouldn't disturb audience members around us, so we made our way up to the vestibule outside Remis Auditorium. Annina gently and swiftly nodded off in her carrier harness, so I caught the last few tunes of the set - one of which included Hagans - through the auditorium door.
Outside, we unexpectedly bumped into old friends from New York, and then I had the distinct pleasure of introducing Mr. Konitz to his youngest admirer. Annina remained blissfully unaware of the privilege, but I enjoyed it.
To get a sense of what the music and mood were like, dip into this sample track from Duos with Lee, the album that Konitz and Tepfer released on Sunnyside Records in 2009:
The MFA's music series doesn't seem to get the attention that it deserves, so here's a list of what remains in the current season:
Jaggery presents The Beautiful and the Grotesque: Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci
Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Remis Auditorium, $25, MFA members $20
Boston-based avant-pop quintet Jaggery presents an evening of original music exploring themes in Leonardo da Vinci's drawings.
An Afternoon of Beethoven
Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m., Remis Auditorium, $25, MFA members $20
Revel in the majesty of Beethoven's piano trios and sonatas, performed by principal members of the Handel and Haydn Society.
Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Remis Auditorium, $25, MFA members $20
Experience the groundbreaking quartet as they "ignite enthusiasm for percussion music old and new" (The New York Times).
Boston Early Music Festival: Keyboard Mini-Festival
Friday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Remis Auditorium
10:30 a.m.-noon harpsichord; 12:30-2 p.m. fortepiano; 2:30-4 p.m. clavichord
Individual sessions: $25, MFA members $20
Three-session package: $60, MFA members $48
Hear world-renowned master artists perform on the MFA's period instruments, with three individual lectures and demonstrations on the harpsichord, fortepiano, and clavichord.
Sound Bites: Nancy Lee Clark Concert Series
Every second Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, free with museum admission
Join us for small-group ensembles performing classical, folk, and world music.
For more information, visit mfa.org/music.