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August 23   -  

BSO Chamber Players’ Hodgepodge

The programming for last evening’s concert in the Florence Gould Auditorium of Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood seems to have been made more on an occasional and practical than a thematic basis, and the most common thread was the highlighting of ...

August 23   -  

When A Community Values Music: Portland’s Organ

Merrill Auditorium stage set for silent film and organ (Richard Bunbury photo) Portland, Maine’s Merrill Auditorium organ is not only surviving, but also thriving. Just as symphony orchestras and bigger-budget arts organizations have been ...

August 23   -  

Brilliant Close for Sevenars from Lynelle James

Lynelle James is the granddaughter of the Sevenars founders, Robert and Rolande Schrade, now 87 and 83 respectively, who began the series at South Worthington, MA, in 1968. It was so named because their five children, whose names all begin with ...

August 23   -  

Appalachian Spring Used All 13 PCMF Musicians

For the closing concert of its 2012 season, the Portland Chamber Music Festival put up a pleasantly wide-ranging program capped by a bright idea. Specifically, after two weeks of small-scale chamber works utilizing numerous performers, Artistic ...

August 22   -  

Firebird and Gil Rose Take On The Face

In choosing Boston’s new-music Firebird Ensemble to perform for his new opera, The Face, instead of “pitching it to an established opera company,” California-based composer Donald Crockett continued in a collaboration he called ...

August 21   -  

Countertenors’ Strong Impact in Iberica #2

Two of the four countertenors: Yakov Zamir and Von Bringhurst (BMInt collage) To appreciate fully what is considered to be Jewish music, it helps to know a little about Jewish history. From where Jews fled as well as their ultimate settlements, ...

August 8   -  

Trains, Ships, and Opium at Tanglewood

Lauren Maazel and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Hilary Scott photo) Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, the BSO welcomed guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5, a newly commissioned work by Boston composer Michael ...

August 6   -  

Old Treasure, Young Debussy, Questionable Piano

The 2012 Hamel Summer Series started up Saturday evening with the first of four concerts commemorating the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy, born August 22, 1862. The Boston Chamber Music Society with Sheryl Staples, violin, Julie Albers, cello, and ...

August 6   -  

Brahms’s Tricky Mindset Caught in One of Three

The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, under its founder and president Cathy Chan, has produced, both quantitatively and qualitatively, a formidable program of concerts since its founding 23 years ago. Not the least of its contributions has been ...

August 6   -  

Nature and Emotion Inside and Out

Saturday night was indeed violently stormy, as courageous concert-goers braved a heavy downpour and overhead lightning to hear baritone Sanford Sylvan and fortepianist David Breitman perform Franz Schubert’s beloved song cycle, Die Winterreise ...
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