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February 10   -  

A Sober and Mischievous Mary in Song

Projection in the apse (Zoe Kemmerling photo) I didn’t expect a period-immaculate concert of Renaissance songs to induce me to ruminate on some of today’s great social debates, but that was the effect of the Newberry Consort and members ...

February 10   -  

BoCo Orchestra, Hangen, and Lewin Deliver

Bruce Hangen (file photo) In our cultural hub one can can count on experiencing professional-level performances from conservatory orchestras, a point once again brought home by the exceptionally high level of execution delivered by the Boston ...

February 9   -  

Even Without the Tune, Fleming Over the Rainbow

Olga Kern and Renee Fleming (Robert Torres photo) There is no singer with a resumé more extensive and, well, interesting, than the beloved American soprano (whose birthday is on Valentine’s Day) dubbed in her PR as “the ...

February 9   -  

Dialogues of the Carmelites in Majestic Production

Andrew Hurlbut photo from dress rehearsal. Francis Poulenc’s only opera, which opened at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater on Saturday night for a four-night run, provided moving stage direction and the haunting characterizations from the ...

February 9   -  

Goose Eggs Not Goose Bumps

A Stockhausen “carnival” (Teni pPatterson photo) Paavali Jumppanen, Jeffrey Means, and Hans Tutschku performed Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte for piano, percussion, and electronic sounds at the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s ...

February 9   -  

Talent … Shows!

From the Top’s recent achievement of its 300th installment helps disprove the commonplaces about aging audiences. The show’s featured players are as young as 10, the audiences are filled with happy families, and host Christopher ...

February 7   -  

Shaken and Stirred at the Gardner

Paavali Jumppanen (file photo) The Stir! concert at the Gardner Museum on Thursday night left me underwhelmed by the new pieces but blown away by the warhorse. Par for the course for a classical review, I suppose, except the warhorse was Kontakte by ...

February 3   -  

Vittorio Rieti and Contemporary Harpsichord Music

On the occasion of his recent CD release, BMInt’s own Mark Kroll authored this essay on a neglected composer. Contemporary harpsichord music is not oxymoronic. Modern composers became fascinated by the sounds and colors of the harpsichord and ...

February 2   -  

A Youth Orchestra Like Ivory Snow

Yuki Beppu, one of the nine soloists (file photo) For nearly three hours a group of confident young people played like 99.44% pure professionals, with mature musicianship and expert technique. Nine student soloists participated, all playing with a ...

February 2   -  

Forms and Volumes Spoken at Gardner

Nicola Benedetti (Simon-Fowler photo) It is difficult to enter the Gardner Museum without heightened anticipation: the spatial aesthetics compel you deeply to consider internal and external forms and volumes. The Gardner’s welcoming energy ...
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