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June 2   -  

Rockport Begins Festival Season

David Deveau (Paul Cary Goldberg photo) The 36th edition of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival begins Friday night as the “Miraculous Menahem” (Pressler, 92) along with the brilliant young Parker Quartet essay Dvořák’s ...

June 2   -  

Sometimes Living Up to Its Virtuoso Name

With the decline of formal concert hall attendance, as well as a recent history of casual settings for chamber music performance, it surprises me that more virtuosos do not cultivate new spaces in which audiences can experience chamber music classics. ...

May 29   -  

Odyssey Opera Sings of Ancient Rome

Detail from Duplessis portrait of Gluck Over its three years, Gil Rose’s Odyssey Opera has brought Boston a series of operas rarely if ever heard/or seen here before, including three concert performances of large, expensive, important works ...

May 28   -  

Camerata Vividly Evokes American Vocal Traditions

When, in 1992, the Boston Camerata and its then-director Joel Cohen undertook a program called “The American Vocalist,” (subsequently recorded on the French label Erato), some may have felt that an evening of psalm and hymn tunes from ...

May 27   -  

Winsor Brings Mojo to Brahms

Engraved device from a letter of Brahms (courtesy Harvard Musical Association) Peggy Pearson’s Winsor Music wrestled with some deep thoughts, chiefly those of Johannes Brahms, and some contemplations on the lives of saints. A packed St. ...

May 27   -  

Coro Allegro Premiere Shows No Fear

David Kato Kisule (file photo) Coro Allegro’s “We Are Here,” imagined and led by conductor David W. Hodgkins on Sunday afternoon at Church of the Covenant Boston, intertwined themes of racism and homophobia, while juxtaposing the ...

May 26   -  

CLT’s Boris Carries Contemporary Resonance

Boris Godunov (Dmytro Pavlyuk, bass) and Tsarevich Feodor, boy soprano (Sam Golub) (Maslov photo) Commonwealth Lyric Theater’s inventive and intrepid artists transformed Newton City Hall’s War Memorial Auditorium into an arena for the ...

May 26   -  

The Morning Ride of Partial Revere

Reevere Quartet at full force Due to last-minute vicissitudes, Newton Community Education Lifetime Learning presented three-quarters of the Revere Piano Quartet Sunday, but music prevailed at full strength with the help of words. The dream portion ...

May 25   -  

Another Fine Cantata Singers Outing

Arvo Pärt (Laupo Kikkas photo) David Hoose brought a splendid end to Cantata Singers’ splendid season with Bach and Pärt showcasing the talents of Cantata Singers while thrilling audiences with music old and new. Gathered in First ...

May 24   -  

Desenclos’s Considerable Conservative Beauties

Conductor John Ehrlich (file photo) As the forces of harmonic progress wrenched much of 20th-century music away from tonality, plenty of music-makers remained behind, not merely because of aesthetic disagreements about the sound of newer work, but ...
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