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November 2   -  

Brilliant 17th-Century Pairings and Contrasts

Capella Clausura (file photo) Employing a small choir joined with an ensemble of nine virtuoso instrumentalists, Capella Clausura’s brilliant concert last night at Emmanuel Church’s Lindsay Chapel paired two complementary 17th-century ...

November 2   -  

Intriguing Promise from Bassoons

Janet Underhill (file photo) The contemporary music ensemble ALEA III opened its 37th season at Boston University with a program dedicated to the bassoon, coordinated by and featured Boston-area bassoonist Janet Underhill, whose biography features ...

November 2   -  

Lorelei as Seductive as Ever

Friday night at Marsh Chapel marked the opening of Lorelei’s 8th season, and the second time I have heard this remarkable ensemble live. (I recommend their new CD, “Live, Know, Love). Founded in 2007 by music director (and singer) Beth ...

November 2   -  

Double Pleasures: Sublimity and Comedy

Early Cervantes edition On Halloween night the dark roads of Weston had a Washington Irving feeling about them as I hunted for the Congregational Church of Weston, where the Cambridge Society of Early Music and Les Bostonades presented a concert of ...

November 2   -  

Rameau Arranged for Harpsichord

Kenneth Weiss (Ben Hires photo) Kenneth Weiss gave a solo harpsichord recital Saturday night at the First Church in Cambridge as part of the Boston Early Music Festival’s 25th-concert season. An American who has long been based in Paris, Weiss ...

November 1   -  

Diabolical Trills and Other Trickery

Aislinn Nosky (Matthew Marigold photo) The second Friday concert in the Handel & Haydn Society’s bicentennial season took place on Halloween night at Jordan Hall. In observance of the occasion, 16 members of the Period Instrument Orchestra ...

October 31   -  

Speed Goes Viral at BSO

Before Thursday evening’s program got underway, Managing Director Mark Volpe took a moment to reflect on the passing earlier in the day of Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “We have dedicated this concert to his memory. He was a great friend of the ...

October 31   -  

Sonorous Explorations

Benjamin Wright communicates (file photo) After being assigned Benjamin Wright’s New England Conservatory faculty trumpet recital, I thought for sure that I was the wrong person for the job given my budding expertise in vocal music, more ...

October 30   -  

Kholodenko’s Comic Keyboard Sensibility

Vadym Kholodenko (file photo) The playing of the 28-year-old Ukraine-born pianist Vadym Kholodenko, gold-medal winner of last year’s Cliburn Competition, is already so pellucid, so colorful, so close to technically flawless that it leaves the ...

October 30   -  

Windsbacher Knabenchor: Richness Resounding

A storied rural prep school campus on a beautiful autumn evening, a towering Gothic church bedecked with intricate dark oak wood carving and an impressive organ case. Outside, flickering candle-lit lanterns lined the walkway leading to the ...
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