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December 2   -  

Unusual Musical Ruminations in Concord

Thomas Martin and Andre Previn in 2011 (Michael J. Lutch photo) The watchwords for the Concord Chamber Music Society’s Sunday concert at Concord Academy might well have been “keep calm and carry on,” since all the works presented ...

December 1   -  

Two 18th-Century Comedies From BEMF

O’Dette and Stubbs (file photo) “A Weekend of Chamber Opera” from the Boston Early Music Festival opened Friday night with a performance of two comic intermezzos by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi at Jordan Hall. Following what has ...

December 1   -  

Blasted at the Gardner

Paavali Jumppanen (file photo) When Paavali Jumppanen’s forearm drove into the Steinway moments into Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstück X, Calderwood at Hall reeled from the blast. Unusually imaginative programming coupled that ...

November 29   -  

Handel’s Messiah “In This Unbelieving City”

On Christmas Day 1843, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his journal that he had just heard the Handel and Haydn Society perform Handel’s Messiah at the Melodeon on Washington Street in Boston. He found it profoundly moving yet oddly out of date. ...

November 28   -  

A Messiah View from the Top of the Cleff

Boston area Messiah performances will be coming is all sizes, colors, and shapes from Boston Baroque, Trinity Church, the Concord Chorus, Masterworks Chorale, Music Worcester, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The choice is yours from among the ...

November 27   -  

A Fiddler/Conductor Heralds Thanksgiving

Leonidas Kavakos (Aram Boghosian photo) Leonidas Kavakos, the violinist, and now increasingly the conductor, heralded the holiday season for the BSO this Tuesday by exposing the lovelorn soul of the young Bartok, asking Papa Haydn to bring on the ...

November 27   -  

Soloists, Choruses and Orchestra Compelling in Britten

Soloist from within chorus (Michael J. Lutch photo) Monday evening’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Symphony Hall follows on the centennial of the composer’s ...

November 26   -  

Expansive Purcell at All Saints’ Parish

Jessica Cooper, Emily Chapman and William Chapman. Founded in November of 2013, the Henry Purcell Society has had a promising start with Boston audiences. At least initially, HPS will be dedicated to raising awareness of Purcell’s music, with ...

November 25   -  

Bloodless Baroque Musical Duels

Encountering multiple keyboards on stage is a rare augury of excitement to come, whether that artillery comprises 12 bulky square pianos for a Gottschalk “monster concert,” or, as in the case at First Church, Cambridge, four slender but ...

November 24   -  

BSO and the Three Sergeis

Andris Nelsons conducts Yo-Yo Ma (Stu Rosmer photo) Under newly minted Music Director Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and four illustrious soloists (including three singers making their BSO debuts) ...
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