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Mark Morris's Socrates, The Muir, and Festival Dance

Erik Satie called his vocal work Socrate a "symphonic drama," though it's anything but dramatic in a theatrical sense — or symphonic, either.
Mellow musings
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 25, 2012
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Sustainability

If you wanted to know what happened at the Merce Cunningham memorial a week ago Wednesday in the Park Avenue Armory, you could get a thousand answers.
Merce Cunningham in the Park Avenue Armory; Christopher Wheeldon at City Center
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 06, 2009
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Long-lasting launch pad

Of the nearly 70 ballets that made up the repertory of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, only a few inhabit our stages today. But the Diaghilev adventure still inspires legions of choreographers, antiquarians, archivists, scholars, and gossips.
Ballets Russes week at Harvard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 24, 2009
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Fourth quarter earnings

Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 16, 2008
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Intimate moves

What began as a way to give audiences a closer look at its dancers and choreographers an opportunity to showcase new work has become an integral part of Festival Ballet Providence’s season: the “Up CLOSE, on HOPE” series.
Festival Ballet’s “Up CLOSE, on HOPE”
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 05, 2008
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Pedal | Pedal

Any undergrad who has a few Satie discs in his or her collection — for studying and making out! — would find the same passive ambiance on this album.  
Staubgold (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  October 15, 2008


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Selected and otherwise

Simic is a poet not of big gloomy poems but of small glooms and fears that haunt our waking lives and disturb our sleep.
A sheaf of post-April poetry and poets
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  May 13, 2008
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Super abundance

“Something absolutely extraordinary is happening in Venezuela,” announced Tony Woodcock.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela; James Levine’s Berg and Mahler; Measha Brueggergosman at Jordan Hall
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 13, 2007
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Adventurous demos

With a variety of scrims, opaque panels, and lighting tricks, the seven dancers became the source for a dreamy succession of images by new-media artist Jonathan Bachrach.
Lorraine Chapman’s The Floating World , Snappy’s String Beings
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  June 05, 2007
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Cornucopia

The year 2007 didn’t begin on the highest note.
The BSO, the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Celebrity Series
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 23, 2007
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Heavy-metal chill out

Drone metal. Cats love it, and probably unborn children, too, hearing it buzzed through the womb wall. Boris, "Farewell"   (mp3) Sunn O))), "It Took The Night To Believe"  (mp3) Growing, "Green Pasture"   
Growing and SunnO))) crawl to the drone
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 15, 2006


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More than Mozart

One of the spring’s most exciting prospects is the premiere of John Harbison’s But Mary Stood: Sacred Symphonies for Chorus and Instruments.
Warming up with a busy concert season
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 08, 2006

Boston feasts

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series, Emmanuel Music, Boston Early Music Festival, and more.
Winter concert preview: classical goodies in 2006
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 14, 2006