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December 9   -  

Light and Darkness at NEC

Marti Kovel thanks players and audience (Teni Patterson photo) Finding Pierce Hall was easy, after all. I had never been there before. It turned out be just a half a block away from New England Conservatory’s main building. A long line had ...

September 4   -  

Richard Wagner’s “Erotic Impulse”

As the Boston concert season gets underway, BMInt will be pointing its readers to some of the less-well-publicized events that are worthy of notice. A very interesting lecture/recital, “Wagner, Munich and the Erotic Impulse” will take ...

September 3   -  

Jupiter’s Chance-taking Pays Off

Last summer I missed Ilya Yakushev’s debut at Maverick Concerts, which I heard was a great success. Sunday afternoon, September 2, in a Prelude Concert, Yakushev got to show off some of his best qualities in Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. It ...

September 2   -  

Attractive, Rare French Songs at Maverick

Maverick Concerts often has indifferent audience response to vocal music. I remember, only a few seasons ago, hearing a splendid all-Wolf program on a Saturday night with a very small attendance. Perhaps it was the chance to hear Maverick’s ...

September 2   -  

The Face Was Too Brief

On August 31st, the Firebird Ensemble presented the Boston premiere of Donald Crockett’s new chamber opera The Face in concert performance at the Boston Conservatory Theater. David St. John, the librettist, derived the opera’s 11 scenes ...

August 31   -  

BCMS’s Fauré, Debussy, Fine; Hall Needs Help

The press devours controversy (and should be admired for often synthesizing its own food). One minor ripple in this frog-pond of journalism has reflected the acoustical properties of the Mosesian Theater at Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the ...

August 27   -  

Two-Pianists’ Odd “French Connection” Choices

The program offered by pianists Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo at Maverick Concerts on Sunday afternoon, August 26th, seemed a curious one. Maverick is celebrating anniversaries of Debussy and Ravel this summer, so it was appropriate to have both ...

August 27   -  

Dancing into Fall in Wellfleet

Jon Manasse, clarinetist, and Jon Nakamatsu, pianist, presided over a splendid end to this year’s Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Friday, August 24th. As with the preceding concerts, the audience in Wellfleet’s Congregational Church was ...

August 26   -  

TFCM Is All About Immersion

As a follow up to the six excellent reviews BMInt staff writers submitted on the recently concluded Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music (links are at the end of the article), this overview summarizes the importance of the Festival: its main ...

August 24   -  

Auld Lang Syne For Now for Kotzschmar Organ

The celebration honoring the widely renowned Kotzschmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium in the City Hall of Portland, ME, concluded in grand fashion on Wednesday, August 22nd, precisely 100 years after the instrument’s inauguration. It was ...
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