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March has been a true delight in the music-PR department — I haven't seen this many dumbshit stunts since Jackass 3D . Let's roll up our sleeves and thrust our hands elbow deep into a steaming pile of press releases:
This month's inessential press releases
| March 25, 2011
"I can no longer stand to let this travesty continue," sings a character in Madame White Snake , the new opera based on an ancient Chinese legend co-commissioned by Opera Boston, which has just presented its world premiere. I'm afraid I shared the senti
Opera Boston presents the world premiere of Madame White Snake; plus the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Philharmonic
| March 05, 2010
The act four sequence of quintet, septet, and love duet is non-stop musical orgasm.
Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the BSO; Opera Boston attempts Verdi’s Ernani
| May 07, 2008
Nancy Goldner’s diminutive new book about George Balanchine’s choreography is deceptively readable.
Nancy Goldner on Mr. B
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| May 06, 2008
Is there a pianist in the house?
Moved and excited by pianist Leon Fleisher in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Boston Symphony, I wanted to hear it again.
A last-minute Emperor at the BSO, Gatti and Ohlsson, BLO’s Elisir, and Brahms meets Weill with the Cantata Singers
| March 18, 2008
Too much too soon?
Two of the most exciting concerts announced for this winter are on the same date, February 24.
Classical goodies for 2008
| January 31, 2008
“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
| November 13, 2007
Chris and friends
The hype was huge, but Wheeldon seems to have a modest agenda.
Wheeldon’s Morphoses at City Center
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| October 29, 2007
Luciano Pavarotti, 1935–2007
Luciano Pavarotti was so famous, so beloved, he became the first classical musician since 1940s violinist Jascha Heifetz to have his name become generic.
Generic for tenor
| September 17, 2007
Beverly Sills, 1929–2007
Beverly Sills, the most loved American opera singer of her generation, died this past week from inoperable lung cancer at 78.
The fun diva
| July 11, 2007
For centuries it has been the ultimate goal of instrumentalists to emulate the singing human voice.
Instruments mimic vocalists
| January 10, 2007
Village of dancers
When you hear of a new ballet titled Russian Seasons, you visualize khovorods and trepaks danced in a simulated birch grove by peasants in earth-toned costumes.
Russian Seasons at NYCB
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| June 14, 2006
Of the three operas recently competing with one another, Opera Boston’s presentation of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia was in some ways the most fun.
Opera Boston’s Lucrezia Borgia , the BSO’s Oedipus Rex
| May 09, 2006
I’ve heard a lot of music in the past couple of weeks — concerts by two major symphony orchestras, with two major young violinists, a hot new-music group, and two opera productions.
Frederic Rzewski, eighth blackbird, Yan Pascal Tortelier & the London Philharmonic, Emmanuel Krivine & the BSO, BLO’s La traviata, Teatro Lirico’s magical Flute
| April 04, 2006
Opera’s great loss
When the curtain went up at Boston’s Back Bay Theatre for the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron , in November 1966, two figures were standing back to back in a spotlight on a small disc.
Sarah Caldwell, 1924–2006
| March 29, 2006
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
| March 09, 2006
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
| March 08, 2006
In the best performances, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, sometimes called his Tragic , can sound like his greatest.
Haitink’s Mahler, Ligeti études, Britten’s Dream , Donizetti’s Lucia
| February 09, 2006
The new year brought news of some great losses to the musical world.
The musical community laments
| January 19, 2006
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series, Emmanuel Music, Boston Early Music Festival, and more.
Winter concert preview: classical goodies in 2006
| January 14, 2006
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