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June 8   -  

Brains Muscle Brawn

It was the 24-year-old Beethoven’s Opus 1 piano trios that his teacher Haydn advised were just too something-or-other for the public, in-your-face and avant-garde. No. 3 sinned in particular, implied Sandra Hyslop’s typically informed ...

June 5   -  

Zoning-In for Nexus

When Jeremy Gill introduced veteran percussion ensemble Nexus on just the second night of Rockport Music Festival’s 35th season, the genial composer / conductor served Shalin Liu Center’s classically-steeped audience fair warning: with a ...

June 5   -  

Bizet with BVDs Headed to Hub

Ginger Costa-Jackson and Brian Jagde compare footwear. SAN FRANCISCO—Would that Boston burghers had possessed the municipal wisdom to include in Government Center the equivalent of the dignified Doric cum Art Deco War Memorial Opera House ...

June 5   -  

Love and Lamentation on Period Instruments

Dan Stepner (file photo) From artistic director Daniel Stepner comes the welcome news that “Period instrument virtuosos and vocalists—all veterans in baroque performance practice—are tuning up [kind of early—tell us if they ...

June 5   -  

Rockport, Pressler, Parker Superb

By any measure, opening night at the 35th Rockport Chamber Music Festival counted as an extraordinary affair. The superb Parker String Quartet, a favorite here, was appearing with the still-fabulous 92-year-old pianist, Menahem Pressler. Many Boston ...

June 5   -  

“Pre-Reform” Gluck: A Gratifying Surprise

Brenda Patterson as Ezio (Kathy Wittman photo) Boston’s ever-enterprising Odyssey Opera took a step backward, historically speaking, to produce Gluck’s Ezio (1750; revised 1763), its first opera that might appear in a BEM festival. They ...

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 ...
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