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Hello Helios opera

Helios Early Opera's Charpentier; plus, the BSO's Mendelssohn Lobgesang

There's a new group in town doing Baroque opera — not an easy ambition.
Hello, Helios!
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 03, 2012
jazz flutist kudina

Ilona Kudina, Gretchen Parlato, and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet

Although Ilona Kudina is a flutist, I'm hesitant to call her new Nothing But Illusion a wonderful jazz-flute CD, because it's really just a wonderful jazz album.
Magic flute and more
By JON GARELICK  |  April 01, 2011
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir showcases its summer program

Blue Heron Renaissance Choir showcases its summer program


“The Virgin and the Singer” is . . . the new Lady Gaga album? No, it’s a summer program of Mass movements and motets and...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010
Laura Marling at the First Congregational Church

Laura Marling at the First Congregational Church


Two years after putting out a promising, if flawed, debut in Alas I Cannot Swim, at the age of 18, British pop-folkie Laura Marling has returned with...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
Cantata Singers Conducted By John Harbison

Cantata Singers Conducted By John Harbison


You'll recall from Lloyd Schwartz's winter classical preview (in our January 1 issue) that tonight's program from John Harbison and the Cantata Singers is one...
By Ian Sands  |  January 13, 2010
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John Harbison plus 10

Classical music in Boston is so rich, having to pick 10 special events for this winter preview is more like one-tenth of the performances I'm actually looking forward to.
Picking from a packed concert schedule
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  January 01, 2010


Boston Camerata conducted by Joel Cohen: "A Mediterranean Christmas"

Boston Camerata conducted by Joel Cohen: "A Mediterranean Christmas"


If you're Messiah'd out, you could opt for Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata in "A Mediterranean Christmas": songs, chants, and instrumentals drawn from mediæval...
By Jason OBryan  |  December 08, 2009
Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg

Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg


The Boston Early Music Festival, meanwhile, is offering a more intimate vocal experience: legendary "white" soprano Emma Kirkby, with accompanist Jakob Lindberg, in "Musique and...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 20, 2009
Orchestra of Tetouan

Orchestra of Tetouan


Based in the Moroccan port city of its name — “just a stone’s throw from Gibraltar” — Orchestra of Tetouan draw on a centuries-old tradition of Andalusian...
By Jason OBryan  |  September 16, 2009
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir

Blue Heron Renaissance Choir


 Need an escape from it’s-still-winter March and the crummy economic climate? The sterling Blue...
By Shaula Clark  |  March 10, 2009

Dominique Labelle


The Boston Early Music Festival is known for bringing in high-profile guest artists from all over t...
By Shaula Clark  |  February 03, 2009


NEVER TOO LATE II: BLUE HERON RENAISSANCE CHOIR

NEVER TOO LATE II: BLUE HERON RENAISSANCE CHOIR


(photo by Liz Linder) BLUE HERON RENAISSANCE CHOIR under SCOTT METCALFE in a program called “Péroti...
By Shaula Clark  |  December 17, 2008

OLD AND NEW: BOSTON SECESSION


Jane Ring Frank’s clarion vocal group BOSTON SECESSION offers a survey course in German choral mast...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 12, 2008
EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES V: BOSTON CAMERATA

EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES V: BOSTON CAMERATA


 Our ridiculously overcrowded weekend of classical music continues as BOSTON CAMERATA opens it...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 05, 2008
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL


  The Boston Early Music Festival starts its 2008–2009 season with a bang: hot hot South Afric...
By Shaula Clark  |  October 14, 2008