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March 23   -  

Another Blue Heron Triumph: Ockeghem, Part II

Johannes Ockeghem Four weeks ago, Blue Heron’s initial “Ockeghem @600” event (reviewed here ) focused on two famous composers of the generation before Ockeghem—Gilles Binchois and Guillaume DuFay. Revelatory and full of ...

March 22   -  

Emmanuel’s Fervent Passion

Michael Beattie , John Harbison and Ryan Turner (Julian Bullitt photo) If the opening chorus of Bach’s St. John Passion took to legato, eschewing punch, there certainly was power throughout “Lord, our ruler, Whose fame in every land is ...

March 21   -  

New Symphonists at Old Church

Lawrence Isaacson (file photo) At an unusual time of 6:30 on a Friday evening a brand new group in town began its “Soulful Searching” in a darkened Gordon Chapel of Old South Church. The only lighting during the 90-minute non-stop ...

March 20   -  

Collaborative Finds Handel’s Essentials

Rather like a ship in a bottle, Handel’s elaborate 1711 opera Rinaldo will gleam within a miniature architectural tribute to Symphony Hall thanks to the singer-run Boston Opera Collaborative. Beginning March 26th, the Franklin Institute’s ...

March 20   -  

Valedictory Mozart Under Dohnányi

Christoph von Dohnányi is patrician. (Winslow Townson photo) On at least a couple of documented occasions, Mozart successfully programmed a symphony into one of his public concerts along with a concerto and some vocal numbers. But would his ...

March 20   -  

Cheeky Teeth at Stave Sessions

The 400-seat cafeteria and performance space on the second floor of 160 Massachusetts Avenue. BMInt suggests “Cafetorium.” (Dave Green photo) “To the side. To the side. To the side, and around, through the middle and…” ...

March 19   -  

Sacred Bach by Musica Sacra

Saturday night’s performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor by Musica Sacra at First Congregational Church in Cambridge set a very high standard and provided a nice lead-in for next Saturday’s Boston Bach Birthday 330 . Now in her 35th ...

March 18   -  

6 Days and Counting to Phoenix Ignition

Concert or barbecue? The birth of an ensemble is hardly rare in this cultural mecca, but it’s not every week, or every year even, that we get to be present for the birth of a new orchestra. Apparently, we’re all invited to get to know ...

March 17   -  

Take a Chance on Mark!

Nicholas Church, Leipzig This March has truly been a Bach spectacular in Boston. Starting with Boston Baroque’s St. John Passion in late February and Musica Sacra’s B Minor Mass last weekend, the exposure will continue with all-day ...

March 17   -  

Safe Haven for March Ides

Emanuel Ax two nights earlier. (Winslow Townson) On the Sunday that broke Boston’s snowfall record, the In modo d’una Marcia second movement of the Allegro brillante from Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major flared about Jordan ...
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