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I loves you, Porgy
So shoot me, Porgy purists. To my mind, the retooling of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess for American Repertory Theater is compelling enough to push past quibbles.
The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
| September 02, 2011
Review: Festival Ballet celebrates Balanchine
There is a long list of reasons why George Balanchine is regarded as the greatest and most influential choreographer of the 20th century.
| November 05, 2010
Brian Wilson | Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
George and Ira Gershwin's music may have been the pop music of its day, but — like much of the Great American Songbook — it was more sophisticated than most of the pop of the '50s and '60s.
Disney Pearl Series (2010)
| August 20, 2010
Rufus Wainwright | All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu
Songs for Lulu features Wainwright alone at his piano — where, on previous records, the Canadian songwriter has mostly been as part of sprawling pop ensembles.
| April 23, 2010
Gershwin done right
Crazy for You , the 1992 homage to the Gershwin brothers' 1930 musical Girl Crazy , is rockin' the rafters at Theatre By the Sea (through July 11). Building inspectors are going to have to check out the Matunuck summer barn theater for damage after e
Crazy For You's delightful musical mayhem
| June 26, 2009
Springer vs. Nero!
Two opera productions overlapping at the Calderwood Pavilion exploit exploitation.
Monteverdi's Poppea opens the Boston Early Music Festival, plus the Cantata Singers, the Discovery Ensemble, and Barbara Cook at the Pops
| June 12, 2009
Crossword: ''Hard body''
Seven parts of one
| April 23, 2008
Some weeks Boston has such musical riches, one wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Dutoit and Elder at the BSO, Collage’s Berio, Boston Conservatory’s Turn of the Screw, and Kurt Weill at the Gardner and the MFA
| February 21, 2008
“Ici on parle français” was the watchword at the BSO’s 2007 “Opening Night at Symphony” last evening.
Opening Night at the BSO
| October 10, 2007
Lyrical, contemplative, with a clear disdain for mainstream Hollywood, the African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett has cobbled out an unorthodox career.
Charles Burnett at the MFA
| June 05, 2007
The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
| March 28, 2007
Masters share wisdom
Lest I forget those who like their Phoenix es hot off the press — Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer will be giving a master class.
Christine Brewer + DaPonte String Quartet invite you to learn
| January 31, 2007
Flirting with Beethoven
It is said that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) “got around.” Even today, the old dog arouses the interests of performers and seduces listeners.
The seductive German is everywhere
| December 27, 2006
This article originally appeared in the March 19, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Elliott Carter at 85, Pavarotti at Boston Garden, plus Russell Sherman and the Boston Philharmonic
| November 16, 2006
Marketplace and temple
At times, this ‘American’ program, led by the BSO’s first American music director, bordered on being a Pops concert.
The BSO’s opening night; Marcus Thompson and the Jupiter String Quartet
| October 03, 2006
Opera, opera, opera
Every performance at Santa Fe was packed, and few subscribers left unhappy.
At Santa Fe and Tanglewood and in New York
| August 15, 2006
Heaven can wait
If Monsieur Chopin were to find itself in Tony contention, the score would do better than the book.
Monsieur Chopin at ART, Candy and Dorothy at Wellfleet
| June 27, 2006
Crossword: 'It Makes No Sense'
7 Down: "In ___" (Nirvana album, five letters)
Five things you'd better keep straight.
| January 25, 2006
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